The common earthworm is a universal bait for fresh water angling. In the quest for quality worms, some fishers culture their own worm compost or practice worm charming. Grubs and maggots are also considered excellent bait when trout fishing. Grasshoppers, flies, bees and even ants are also used as bait for trout in their season, although many anglers believe that trout or salmon roe is superior to any other bait. Studies show that natural baits like croaker and shrimp are more recognized by the fish and are more readily accepted. A good bait for red drum is menhaden.[5] Because of the risk of transmitting whirling disease, trout and salmon should not be used as bait.
Fly fishing tackle is equipment used by, and often specialised for use by fly anglers. Fly fishing tackle includes fly lines designed for easy casting, specialised fly reels designed to hold a fly line and supply drag if required for landing heavy or fast fish, specialised fly rods designed to cast fly lines and artificial flies, terminal tackle including artificial flies, and other accessories including fly boxes used to store and carry artificial flies.
While I’m a big fan of using live bait, it’s always good to have a package of plastic worms in your tackle box, especially if you’re bass fishing. Plastic worms come in a variety of colors and sizes. The worms with the long tails are probably the easiest to use. Some fishermen swear that certain colors of plastic worms will increase the number of bites. It’s probably a superstitious belief, but if you’ve had luck with a certain color plastic worm, you might as well keep using it.

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.


We recommend using an 8-wt or 9-wt. 9' rod with both floating WF and WF rapid sink tip lines with 20 - 30 lb. test backing (the same outfit may be used for Trout and Northern). Use a 14 - 18 lb. test tapered leader/tippet, and wire leaders are essential. With floating lines you may wish to use a fly line one size up from the rod weight-an 8-wt. rod uses a 9-wt. line.
The first consideration you should make when selecting a fishing rod is length. If you're trying to catch smaller fish using light tackle, a shorter rod is in order. If you're surf fishing and trying to cast your line far offshore, or if you're trolling for bigger fish while on a moving boat, a longer rod is what you need. However, when fishing for fighting fish or other sea life, such as sharks, a shorter, thicker rod is the right choice it gives you better control when trying to land your catch. Longer rods also work better when you're fly fishing in a stream or river.
Now listen, all you really need for a fishing trip is a rudimentary fishing pole, a hook, and some bait. But there’s a lot of gear out there that not only helps kids get the hang of fishing but also make the experience one that kids are going to want to repeat. You never know, it might even give them more luck on the water. Here, then, are eight pieces of fishing gear for kids. Are all of the items necessary? No. But they’re all useful, affordable, and can help lure kids into the age-old pastime

Packing for any trip can be time-consuming, or even stressful. When you’re out kayak fishing, it’s not so easy to run back to the house to grab a pair of pliers when you’ve already caught the fish. It’s important to use a kayak fishing gear list to make sure you don’t forget anything. In this guide, we’ll outline everything you need to take kayak fishing, from fishing gear to personal items.
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Remember that each rod is designed for a specific line weight, and line weight is also up to the angler's personal preference. (Check the fly rod section on our buying guide for more information about line weight.) Fly Line is what presents the fly during the cast. Lines come in a lot of options, from floating to sinking, and in different types of taper.
Remember that each rod is designed for a specific line weight, and line weight is also up to the angler's personal preference. (Check the fly rod section on our buying guide for more information about line weight.) Fly Line is what presents the fly during the cast. Lines come in a lot of options, from floating to sinking, and in different types of taper.
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If casting rods are more your speed, check out the wide selection of poles with advanced technology. The powerful yet sensitive rods allow you to detect steelhead and rainbow salmon the instant they nibble on your bait. And, with features like corrosion resistant stainless steel, aluminum oxide inserts, and specialized grips, you’re guaranteed top-of-the-line performance.
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