Beginner’s Guide – Fishing Gear Reviews

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I am thinking of taking the boys fishing. Where do I start! With permission to share, check out this helpful guide!

As my readers are aware, we have recently moved out of the City. I love the decision we have made as a family to raise the boys in the scenic Welsh Valleys. Life is less hectic and there is so much outdoorsy stuff for us to do.

I recently took a walk to our local lake. I was surprised when I found that the lake is man made and really impressed when I discovered that the lake offers catch and release fishing. The lake is full of different types of fish. Woo Hoo, we can go fishing!!!

I have never fished before, where do I start?

Back in the day, your grand-father probably went out fishing with nothing more than a stick, some sort of twine, and a hook. However, fishing has come a long way since back then and today, modern anglers have a wide variety of tools and equipment at their disposal which make fishing more fun and more enjoyable than ever.

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From lightweight, carbon-fiber rods to space-age fish finders and electronics, modern fishing isn’t only more enjoyable than before, but these tools also allow you to catch more fish at the same time.

In this guide, we’re going to explain some of the most common types of fishing, as well as showing you the minimal amount of gear that you’ll need to get started.


Freshwater Fishing

For freshwater angling, it’s best to use a light or medium-weight casting or spinning rod, as well as an appropriately matched reel designed for catching common freshwater fish such as bass, pike, and walleye. You’re also going to want to use a relatively lightweight fishing line, between six to twelve pound test is recommended.

It’s also a good idea to bring an assortment of different lures, hooks, weights, and floats if you’re using live bait.


Saltwater Fishing

If you want to try fishing in the world’s saltwater bodies, you’re going to need much sturdier gear than what’s used for freshwater fishing. This is because you’re going after much larger fish, as well as fishing at significantly greater depths.

You’re also going to need heavier line, somewhere between twelve to twenty-five pound test should do, and don’t forget to bring a selection of hooks, lures, and tackles designed specifically for catching larger fish.


Ice Fishing

While most people think of fishing as a warm, summer time activity, true fishermen can often be found fishing through holes in the ice during the cold winter months. The main difference with ice fishing is that an entirely different approach is taken, and ice fishing gear is different than other types of fishing gear.

For example, ice fishing requires a much shorter rod for fishing through small holes in the ice, and you’ll also need an auger to be able to make your hole before getting started. Aside from that, the same lures, line, and tackle that are used for freshwater fishing can be used for ice fishing.


Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is another type of fishing that requires an entirely different set of gear. For starters, you’re going to need a pair of hip waders or wading boots since fly fishing usually requires you to actually be in the water.

You’ll also need a fly fishing rod, fly line, a fly reel and flies. The main difference here is that you’ll need to match your equipment to the specific species that you’re going after.

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Minimal Gear and Tackle to Get Started

One of the best things about fishing is that is can be done by practically anyone, as long as they have the right tools to get their line in the water.

Unfortunately, many beginners are overwhelmed by the huge volume of rods, reels, tools, and tackle found in most retailer fishing stores.

More seasoned anglers are often found saying that you can never have too much tackle. However, for those who are just getting started, or just want to do a bit of casual fishing, all you’ll need is the following equipment:



For conventional freshwater angling, a 6 or 7-foot fast-action spinning or casting rod should be enough to get you started. However, if you’re going saltwater fishing, you might want to start out with a 9 or 10-foot rod.

Learn more about choosing the right fishing rod here.



It’s recommended to start out with a spinning reel, and then as you improve your technique, you can try using a more advanced bait-casting reel. If you’re just looking to do a bit of casual fishing, there’s no need to be concerned about gear ratios or drag features, just make sure to find a reel that is an appropriate size for the type of fish you’re targeting.



There are countless types of line and test strengths that you can buy, but for most recreational fishing applications, a monofilament line, between 6 to 12-pound test should do the trick to get started.



When it comes to lures, you have your choice of artificial lures or those designed for live bait. Artificial lures are easier to use for beginners; however, live bait often catches more fish. Therefore, you should probably bring a variety of both types of lures.



Minimally, you’re going to want to have a few tools with you for rigging and repairing your equipment. We recommend bringing a small knife, scissors, and a pair of needle-nose pliers. In most cases, a good multi-tool is an excellent choice to add to your arsenal.


I do hope this guide was helpful. Family fishing post coming soon!

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