So what to you need nowadays to go fishing?
Well, the basics are of course a rod, a fishing line, weights, hook and bait; however, it doesn't always stop there.
Equipment needed for fishing would also depend on which type of fishing you want to do. Types of fishing include, deep sea fishing, lake fishing, pond fishing, canal fishing or perhaps carp fishing.
Some types of fishing also require a licence, so it is important to find out if your chosen type of fishing involves you applying for a fishing licence.
The ideal way to find out exactly what you would need for your chosen type of fishing would be to walk into a tackle shop and discuss equipment with the person behind the counter.
If you walk into a fishing shop, presented before you would be a mass of equipment and accessories from rods and reels to chairs and tents. You could even buy an electronic bite alert, therefore, talking to someone experienced would be a great help when considering what equipment you need.
Fishing equipment can be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be. Fishing in lakes and ponds may only require the bear minimum. Why take the fun out of fishing by adding all the expense? We already know it is possible to enjoy a great day out fishing without having to spend a fortune on equipment.
For the more serious fisherman, using a wooden pole and stones as weights simply would not do, especially if they are on a fishing weekend.
Fishing at night is said to be more successful than daytime fishing if you want to bait a particular fish. Most fish are more active at night looking for their feed, therefore, many fisherman will leave their homes at 11 - 12 pm at night to set up for a nights fishing.
On top of your essential fishing equipment, you would also need to consider waterproof clothing, a large umbrella, seating and perhaps even a tent.
Once you do have your equipment, and you have spent the day on the lakes catching your bait, remember to rinse off your reels and rods in fresh water, this is especially so if you have been fishing in salt water.
Most equipment is fine in a cool dry environment, but do not be tempted to lean your rod up against a wall, this could cause your rod to warp, instead, store them vertically or horizontally.
Whatever equipment you decide to purchase for the type of fishing you choose, we all know that fishing is fun.
A recent study showed that most fisherman fish for any type of fish and happy with whatever they catch, just as long as they catch something. In this case, equipment needed for fishing would perhaps prove to be less expensive and a lot more fun.
This is the type of fishing the kids are interested in, however, you still have to watch those pockets, as kids come up with all kinds of equipment they 'need' and just cannot do without. Sound familiar?