There is absolutely nothing more frustrating than spending an entire day fishing without catching any fish. I finally discovered this truth after way too many days spent fishing without results. I never really thought about the fishing gear I was using and how that might affect my results. I thought instead about everything else. I changed sides of a lake or I changed lakes all together. I gave up my small boat for a day and tried fishing from the shore instead. I fished in the morning, at noon, and at night. Now I know that the best thing I could have done was make sure I had the right fishing gear for the task.
If you, like me, do not have much knowledge of fishing gear, the best thing to do is inform yourself. I went straight to an outdoors and recreation store that supplied a wide array of fishing gear and a trained staff that talked me through what I needed. Look for a similar store in your area and stop in when you have some free time. You can also gain information on fishing gear online or in magazines. Use whatever resources you need to, just get informed. The transformation of your fishing career is about to take place with nothing but the purchase of proper fishing gear.
Whether you look for gear online, in a magazine, or you talk to someone in a store, it is best to have a basic knowledge of the area you are going to fish in. You will find that there are different kinds of fishing gear for almost every kind of fishing. Fishing in a lake, a stream, or the ocean will probably alter the kind of fishing gear you need. You will need a different kind of pole, line, hook, and bait for each kind of location you explore. It should be easy to find information on specific types of fishing gear that are appropriate for different situations. Try talking to fishing friends you have and see what kind of advice they will lend, though remember that no true fisherman will give away all his secrets!
I used to hate fishing because I always ended up without the very thing I wanted: fish. My days of dreading fishing are long gone now. I took the time to learn more about fishing gear and then I bought the gear I needed most. Each fishing trip I’ve taken since then has been nothing but productive and full of fish. Get the right fishing gear and you’ll be catching more fish than you know what to do with!