What Fishing Accessories Are Recommended for New Fishers?

Not only is fishing relaxing, but it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends. You might even catch some fish for dinner! Cooking fish on the grill is the perfect end to a day on the lake, river, or ocean. However, before you go out on your first fishing trip, there are a few things you’ll need to have on hand.

Let’s take a closer look at some essential fishing accessories all new anglers should have.

1. Tackle Box

Whether you’re deep-sea fishing or cruising around your local lake, you’ll need a place to store all of your fishing gear and small tools. A tackle box keeps everything in one place and ensures your hooks don’t get loose and find their way into your seats. Many anglers have a separate tackle box for the various types of fishing, including fly fishing, bank fishing, bottom fishing, jigging, and trolling.

2. Rod and Reel

Fishing rods and reels come in many different types and sizes. For starters, you’ll need a medium-weight rod that lends itself to catching different kinds of fish yet is responsive enough for a beginner to feel the fish biting. Your rod should be around 11 to 12 inches longer than you are tall.

As for reels, one of the easiest and most versatile options is a spinning reel. This design allows you to fish from a bank, a boat, or a pier. Some cheaper reels tend to tangle the line or break easily, so it’s best to look for a reel that is at least $25 to $30.

If you plan on fishing from a boat, you might find that rod holders come in handy, especially if you want to set more than one pole. Some designs also function as cupholders, helping you keep your drinks out of the way while you move around your boat.

3. Extra Fishing Line

Even if your reel comes with fishing line, you should have extra on hand. Anglers of all levels often get their line tangled in rocks or seaweed, leading to breaks. When you keep extra with you, you can continue your fishing trip regardless of snags, tangles, and tears. Choose a medium-weight line – if the line is too light, a bigger fish could break it, and you’d lose your catch. You should also get fishing line that is hard to see (unless your first trip is in the ocean) and ensure you have enough to keep 100 yards of line on the reel at a time.

4. Hooks

You’re not going to catch much without hooks. It’s important to have hooks in several sizes in your toolbox. Start with single hooks for beginners, then move on to double, triple, and circle designs as you get more comfortable.

5. Bait and Lures

Depending on what you hope to catch and where you’ll be casting, you can use live bait or lures. Many people prefer live bait, such as worms, shrimp, crickets, minnows, and grubs. These types of bait are available at most bait shops. If you dig your own worms, be sure to keep them in a container with some of the dirt from where you dig. Poke holes in the lid so the worms can breathe.

Lures and artificial bait come in thousands of different shapes, sizes, and colors and are designed to look like real fish. If you are going after a specific type of fish, you might want to use lures designed for that species. They also help increase your chances of getting a fish in different weather conditions.

6. Bobbers

It’s a good idea to invest in a few bobbers if you’ll be fishing for species that feed near the top of the water. Not only do they keep the bait closer to the surface, but they also let you know when a fish grabs the bait.

7. Sinkers

A sinker stabilizes your line as the hook drifts to the bottom. They are easily lost, so you’ll want to have plenty of them in different weights. The easiest type to use is a split shot sinker, as you can press it on and off the line quickly.

8. Small Tools

Once you have your rod, reel, line, bait, bobbers, and sinkers, there are a few other miscellaneous items you should add to your fishing kit. First, it’s a good idea to have needle nose pliers to help pull hooks out of a fish’s mouth (or out of your skin if you happen to get hooked). Choose a stainless-steel pair with a bent tip, which is both more hygienic and easier to use. A four-inch folding knife may also come in handy. You can use it to open bait packages, cut lines when needed, or even fillet your fish at the end of the day.

Don’t forget the sunglasses, sunscreen, and first aid kit, either! You don’t want your trip ruined because of a sunburn or injury.

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