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.
In today’s society you can do most things or activities regardless of the time of day. Gyms are opened at night so we can work out after work and we can also find doctors available to fit our schedules. Do you agree? Well then, who says you can’t fish at night. Yes, that’s what I said. There’s nothing stopping you from fishing in the dark. The fish are there willing and eager to participate. All they need is a willing angler. Fishing in the dark does come with it’s own unique challenges but with a little effort and the right equipment you’ll do just as fine at night or better then you’ll do at fishing during the day.
Think about some of the distractions you face when day fishing and you’ll soon see why fishing in the dark is becoming so popular. I do a lot of my fishing in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland which is close to three large cities so you can imagine that if you don’t plan your trip at the right time there’s a traffic concern. Not at night. A 45 minute trip to the Bay during the day is cut down to a 30-35 minute drive at night. At night you don’t have nearly the crowds of fishermen fishing the same area as you do at night and if you’re launching a boat you have plenty of room to launch it. Of course there is an extra safety concern when boating at night so be very careful. Once you get your boat in the water and navigate to your fishing location you want have to be concerned with jet skis and sports boats chasing the fish away.
If you do decide to go the route of fishing in the dark check with the fishing experts and organizations in your area to be sure that the type of fish you’re interested in are active at night. I had great success at catching catfish in the dark and they put up just as much of a fight if not more in the dark as they do during the day. I like to say that if you’re a true fisherman the type of fish doesn’t matter as long as it puts up a fight. Imagine reeling in a monster catfish in the dark and not truly knowing where the fish is in the water. You’ll remember the catch for the rest of your life.
All and all, fishing in the dark is a most exhilarating experience. This type of fishing may seem a little strange to you at first but once you snag your first fish you’ll get the hang of it. If you’re planning to go fishing in the dark in the summer you will find it much cooler than fishing during the day which is an added benefit. Just make sure you’re using the right equipment and have adequate lighting; especially if you’re anchoring a boat in the dark. Check all local fishing regulations in your area before beginning your trip. Have a good outing.