Taking up fishing is an easy decision to make but making the first purchase of fishing tackle can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. Walk in to any tackle shop and you will see fishing rods, poles, reels, bags, boxes, brollies, nets, slings, weigh bags, cases, holdalls, barrows, rod pods and bite alarms amongst much more. And this is the larger items. Next we have the smaller terminal tackle, such as hooks, weights, split shot, floats, rubbers, bands, lures, swivels…. the list goes on and on. After the stuff needed to actually fish there is then the clothing, willies, waders and the camping equipment. The range of products is vast and a new angler wont know where to start.
If, as a new angle, you have a particular fishing method in mind or a target species of fish you want to catch the job of selecting the appropriate fishing equipment is made much easier. For example, if all you want to do is some spinning and lure fishing, all you do is head for the lure fishing section, where you will find spinning rods, fixed spool reels, line, wire traces and lures. Similarly, if northern pike are your target species you need to go to the predator section where you will find all the fishing tackle needed to catch monster northern pike. Having some idea makes the process of buying appropriate fishing gear much easier, and if you cant find the relevant tackle yourself simply ask the shop assistant to point you in the right direction.
Fishing tackle stores are usually owned and ran by fishing enthusiasts, all of whom will be only too happy to share their knowledge and experience. Never be afraid to ask questions and for advice as there will always be help on hand, and there is no such thing as a stupid question.
If you have no specific fishing method, or species of fish in mind you will need to head for the general or coarse fishing tackle section.
When you first start out fishing you dont need a lot of fishing tackle, just some essential items including floats and bobbers, split shot, sinkers, fish hooks, disgorgers, float bands and beads. A fully equipped fishing tackle box is something that takes months or even years to develop so dont be in a rush. Many anglers seem to think the more tackle they have the more fish they will catch, but this is just a fallacy so dont fall in to the trap of spending loads of money thinking your catch rate will drastically improve.
So, when you go and buy your first items of fishing equipment set yourself a budget for a rod, reel, line and all the small items of terminal tackle described above. Your budget needs to be sufficient to ensure you get good quality stuff, but it doesnt have to be enormous. Listen to what the tackle store owner has to say and take their advice. No tackle shop owner will rip you off because they know you will be back to buy more fishing equipment time and time again, and they will want you to continue using their store.