HOOKS: When using live bait, smaller hooks are easier to get started in a fish’s mouth than bigger ones. Try size 6 hooks for panfish and crappie. Size 1 hooks work well for bass or catfish. Circle hooks are the ideal hooks for beginners. They won’t end up in a fish’s stomach; instead, they stick in the corner of the fish’s mouth, making for an easy hook removal. Plus, you don’t have to set the hook, just start reeling and the fish hooks itself.
Your vest will be your portable HQ. It’s the outward symbol of your fishing personality, really: anal and perfectly organized, jumbled and haphazard, smelling of maduros or even with a whiskey stain where your flask leaked. Extremely light but with more than enough storage, Fishpond’s vest is festooned with bonuses like a tippet dispenser pocket, gear attachment tabs, cord loops and shoulder straps for all-day comfort.
One of my oldest childhood memories is sitting out on a dock at the lake with my dad digging out a slimy worm from a muck-filled Styrofoam cup crawling with red wrigglers. Following a quick lesson on baiting a hook, I carefully impaled a worm and casted. Maybe 20 minutes later my rod bowed and my line began to pour off the reel. An epic tug-of-war between boy and gill-breathing pond creature ensued and roughly 20 seconds later I pulled up a bony sunfish. It was all of six inches, but to my eyes, it might as well have been a scale-tipping blue marlin. I succeeded because my dad was patient and clear. But also because he equipped me with the right kids fishing gear.

Lots of people are turned off of fly fishing by a few glances at ugly price tags, but there’s plenty of accessibility to be had. A good many of us got around the up-front expenses buying an all-in-one package or kit, but while some nice ones do exist, there are also loads of “outfits” that package shoddy products; in our experience, those will simply add to your beginner’s frustrations.
In addition to great fishing tackle and ridiculously low prices, you’ll also find items that you can use for boating, outdoors activities in general or just for everyday use. Bargain-priced marine electronics and accessories often bob up on these pages. You’ll also find all kinds of outdoor garments. These can range from fishing and outdoors-themed T-shirts that are great for relaxing at the dock or at your local watering hole to rugged outdoor gear to help keep you comfortable in the worst weather.
Similar to the Minnow, the Crosswater Youth Outfit was designed and tuned to meet the needs of a younger, beginner angler. However, this outfit is a little larger in size for the pre-teen/teen angler. The packaging and rod/reel case was designed to attract the teenage angler. The entire package is a legit fly angling package to a teen, but looks cool and “not like dad’s.”
A fly rod and reel combo specifically designed for the junior angler. 7′ 9″ Mid-Flex rod is the perfect length and weight for smaller frames. Rod features smaller and shorter grip tailored for smaller hands. Clearwater® III Reel. 150 yards of 30 Dacron® backing. WF5 chartreuse floating line and a 9′ 2X leader. Just add a fly to this kids rod and reel combo. Ages 13 and older.
Whether you're going deep sea fishing or just to your local lake, a tackle box is a must-have item. Tackle boxes allow you to store all of the essentials you need for your fishing adventure, including hooks, artificial baits and lures, fishing line, needle-nose pliers, line cutter, fillet knife, sinkers and bobbers. Tackle boxes have several small compartments in trays on the top where you can neatly separate all the small items you're taking with you. There's also space at the bottom for larger items. If you have the room, you may want to consider placing in your tackle box a first aid kit small flashlight, insect repellent, sunscreen and fishing gloves.
If you plan to fish by the shore, small tackle boxes that can fit in your bag may be enough. When bank fishing, just bring one small tackle box as it would be easier to carry than having to drag around a large one. You’ll likely need to update your box with the appropriate fishing tackles for each of your trips in order to be able to bring a small box.

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