If you’re new to fishing there is some terminology associated with the sport but for the most part it all makes sense. Take the word tackle for instance. Tackle in fishing is basically anything you use to catch a fish. In other words your rod, line, reel, hooks etc. This may all sound rather simple but to be successful in catching fish you must learn about different tackle that is available for different situations. Only then will you begin to get the most enjoyment from your fishing outings.
There are tackle items that all fishermen use as mentioned above but when you look into it, it all boils down to what you’re fishing for and the size of the catch you’re going after. If you’re fishing for a big salt water fish like tuna you wouldn’t use the same size rod and reel, or any other tackle, that you would use to catch a freshwater species such as crappie. The obvious difference here is not only the size of the fish but also the difference in the body of water. A bigger fish would require a thicker pole and weighted line to go deeper into the ocean whereas most freshwater fishing is done in water that is not so deep and the fish doesn’t weigh as much as an Atlantic bluefin tuna which can weigh as much as 1500 lbs.
Fishing tackle is getting more and more sophisticated these days. It’s has become a scientific researched endeavor. There is so much time and money spent on improving tackle that sometimes the angler has an unfair advantage over the fish. Before going out to purchase fishing tackle much sure you check your local fishing authorities and find out what’s legal in your area. The idea here is to have fun and catch fish. If you’re fishing just for sport and plan to catch and release you want to be sure that your tackle doesn’t harm the fish in any way.
Without going into much detail we have discussed fishing tackle here for the beginner fisherman. Tackle in fishing is merely the gear or equipment one uses to catch fish. When purchasing this gear one must consider the size and type of fish as well as the body of water you’re fishing in. This might all seem a little overwhelming at first but I would recommend you doing some searching on fishing in your area. The first thing you want to find out is what type of fish is biting in the body of water you plan to fish. Most anglers are very proud of their catches and will post pictures as well as give information on what type of tackle was used to catch their fish. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel here. Try some of your own ideas but be sure to try things that have already been successful.