If you are just starting to learn how to fish, these basic fishing tips and advice on which rods, reels and line to use will get you going in the right direction. Fishing requires lots of patience, skill and practice--three things that will more often than not fill your boat with more fish. But you also need to know which type of equipment to use. The right rod or reel with the correct type of line will certainly make just as much difference when pursuing different types of game fish.
Basic Fishing Tips for Success
Always match your equipment to the kind of fish you want to pursue--whether it's a smallmouth bass, trout, crappie or larger predators like salmon. You want to have the right rod and reel to handle the type of fish you are seeking.
About Rods and Reels
Rods are used to handle the stress of a fish, and for casting, jigging and other purposes. Your reel is used to retrieve line, and today you also have the options of baitcast reels, which are geared towards casting further distances along with line retrieval. You need to match the reel and rod type to the specific type of fishing you plan on doing.
Choosing the Right Rod and Reel
The right rod or reel can make a lot of difference when fishing. Start by considering which type of bait you will use. Are you using live bait? If so, a basic spinning reel is fine. If you are using artificial baits like swimming lures or crankbaits, you may want a spinning reel with a faster or more sensitive retrieve, designed for this purpose.
The rod size is important also. A six-foot rod is perfect for most freshwater fishing, and you should choose the type of action (or flexibility) that suits your skill level and fishing technique. Beginners may want a medium action rod for bait casting to largemouth bass because if lets you feel the fish and work the lure with some room for error. Advanced fishermen should choose a faster action rod with less flexibility for more precise casting and lure action.
You don't want to overpower the fish with a heavy rod that makes it difficult to feel a strike from a smaller fish. You also want to have a rod with enough strength to handle the fish.
Choosing the Right Fishing Line
The line also makes a big difference. Choose a lighter line for smaller fish. Six-pound line is plenty for most shallow water game fish like bass and trout. Heavier ten-pound line and up is required for larger lake trout, salmon and pike. Braided line is made for deeper fishing and is often used as backing because it keeps its shape and lasts a long time. It's not always great for casting, however, so monofilament is the better choice for most spinning rods. You can use a braided line to add extra line backing to a reel since it is smaller in diameter and stronger than monofilament.
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