It is pretty obvious that when it comes to a day of fishing, it would be impossible to actually fish without a fishing rod. A fishing rod is basically the long, slender pole that is used (usually in conjunction with a reel) to do all of the actions necessary for a day of fishing; casting, reeling, twitching, setting the hook, fighting the fish and well, you get the idea. The concept of a fishing rod is actually a quite simple one, but if you look at a fishing rod from a seasoned or veteran perspective then you will come to find that there are fishing rods suited for each and every situation.
If you journey a hundred years back in time, there were no rod and reel combos available, back then the traditional set up was a piece of cane or bamboo that had a piece of fishing line tied to the end. Believe it or not, that method is still used today and quite popularly too. However, nowadays there are so many different fishing rods available on the market that sometimes it just seems unnecessary. Casting Rods, Spinning Rods and Saltwater Rods have been built at different thicknesses and lengths to combat with different fishing conditions, sometimes being built to cater to a specific fish.
The right fishing rod is key to catching more fish. Cater your fishing rod choice to the environment, conditions and fish that you plan on catching. The right fishing rod may be the difference between catching a boatload and coming up empty.
There isn’t just one kind of fishing reel. There are actually quite a few different types of fishing reels that tend to cater to specific situations. Take for example the closed-faced, spin-cast reels that lets line out with the simple click of a push-button. A spin-cast reel is ideal for novice fisherman who are just starting out, mainly because that type of reel is extremely easy to use and will cause less of a hassle for those that lack experience.
Other common types of fishing reels include spinning reels (commonly referred to as open-faced reels), fly-fishing reels and bait-cast reels. Those three types of reels cater more to the seasoned fisherman who has had more experience with the different aspects of fishing. Spinning reels are probably the next step up from a spin-cast reel and then bait-cast would probably be considered the most learning-intensive reel.
Most fisherman tend to choose their reels based on different factors, such as the type of fish they are after, the types of lures or bait they will be using and other factors. A good fishing reel coupled with a good fishing rod and the right bait can make for a great day of fishing.
Since each particular type of fish has its own diet, and its own unique characteristics, it is important to understand that without the right fishing tackle you will be left high and dry. If you are trying to catch a mess of crappie, which is a small to medium-sized pan-fish, you definitely do not want to go after them with a huge hook or a massive lure. Matching your fishing tackle up with the whichever species of fish you are trying to catch, could mean the difference between coming home with a nice haul of fish or coming home with nothing at all.
Fishing tackle is basically anything that you use in conjunction with a fishing rod and reel. This could mean different sizes and test of fishing line or a nice selection of long and short-billed crank baits. When most people think of fishing tackle, they think mainly of the items used to directly catch the fish such as jig hooks, weights, bobbers and probably most common, fishing lures. When it comes to fishing lures, there are tons and tons of different types of lures available from spinner baits of every shape, size and color to soft bait lure with various different types of tails. One trip down the fishing aisle at a local outdoor shop will prove that there are a broad spectrum of different lures geared to catch all sorts of different fish.