2011-04-12

Fishing Gear 101 Choosing the Gear That's Right For You

Fishing is such a broad category that if you just say to yourself, "Hey, I抎 like to get into fishing, " this will be much too broad to do you much good. More than likely, the place where you live will have much to do with what kind of fishing you will be doing. The two broadest categories are saltwater and freshwater fishing. From there the refinements begin. There is spin fishing, fly fishing, bait-casting and even cane pole fishing which is not such a terrible idea for kids.
 
The thing you will want to do is develop an idea what it is you want to fish for, and then the fishing gear decisions will go from there. If you are new to the sport as I am sure most people reading this article would be, I recommend that you keep things as simple as you can without buying junk.
The most popular style of fishing in the United States is spin fishing. Spin fishing gear can be used for retrieving lures like spinner, soft plastics, and more. It can also be used for bait fishing worms, minnows, etc. Further, spin fishing combos are relatively inexpensive and often come spooled with line and are ready to use. They require little skill to cast.
 
Deciding where to buy fishing gear will lead you down three possible paths. You might choose to buy used gear. You might choose to buy your gear from a large retailer. Or, you might choose to buy your gear from a local sporting goods shop or bait and tackle shop. Each of these choices has its advantages and I will not tell the reader that one is definitely better than another in all cases.
 
Buying used gear has the major advantage of lower cost. The disadvantage is the potential, as when you buy anything used, that you will end up with a piece of gear that has something wrong with it. One of my favorite ways to buy used fishing gear is to go through an online auction service like EBay. The thing I like here is that the sellers will have ratings and you can ascertain much buy looking at these ratings. Sellers want to keep their ratings high.
 
The advantage of large retailers, whether it be online or brick and mortar, is low cost for new gear. Most of the time, you will not receive a great deal of shopping advice for your fishing gear at one of these stores, but if you know what you want, the price will likely be hard to beat.
 
Finally, there is the local retailer. In our area there are several retailers where you can go in and really obtain excellent advice on gear that will be useful on the various streams and lakes across the area. They are outdoors people and they know the products they sell. However, you do pay through higher costs for the products for this knowledge.
 
In conclusion, decide what kind of fishing you want to do first. Next, do some research on the types of fishing gear you will need for this type of fishing. If you do these things, it will help you decide on what type of place you wish to buy your gear. Also, take a quick look at an auction site. It may save you tons of money.


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