It is absolutely impossible to have any success whatsoever adds a fisherman (at any level) without the help of some very basic pieces of equipment – and it doesn’t get more fundamental than the first rod and reel you purchase for yourself or a new fisherman you’re getting into the sport.
Your fishing pole set up is going to have a tremendous impact on whether or not you are able to “bag the big one” or if you’re stuck telling nothing but tall tales like fisherman do when you get back on land or start cruising down the dock.
Thankfully though, purchasing your first fishing pole set is going to be a lot easier than a lot of people make it out to be. This is especially true if you pay close attention to all of the inside information that we are able to share with you below.
Let’s dive right in!
What kind of fishing are you getting into?
There’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” fishing old set up, even if there are rods and reels out there that are capable of going after all kinds of different fish in all kinds of different bodies of water.
The sooner you understand the importance of purchasing specialized equipment the better off you are going to be, as you’ll be able to get your hands on a fishing pole ideally suited for the kind of fishing that you’re going to be doing most often while also helping you to avoid breaking your bank account into small pieces on gear the way that some fishermen can.
Those fishing at a local lake or river are going to want some set up completely different than those looking to fish for trophies offshore on a charter boat. Speak to your local experts (guys down by the water or those at a bait and tackle shop) to get a better idea of what you’re getting into.
Size REALLY matters
The other thing that you really want to get under your belt going to comes time to purchase a new fishing pole set of is finding the right rods and reels that are ideally suited to your body type and your specific size.
Children’s fishing poles can be cast by adult fishermen, but they are much better suited to smaller hands, smaller bodies, and smaller athletes that are going to put less torque on the set up and cast a much shorter line.
At the same time, you don’t necessarily want to pack a 9 foot rod or real into the woods when you are going after brookies in a lazy river. For starters you won’t be able to comfortably cast with all of the woods around you, and secondly you’ll find it almost impossible to effectively land a fish with a rod this long when you’re working in such tight spaces.
When you get right down to it, you’ll really need to analyze the kind of fishing that you’re looking to do and you as a specific fisherman to better understand how to purchase the perfect fishing pole set up for your specific needs. After that it’s smooth sailing!