In case you are not so "fresh" when it comes to fishing and it has been a long time since you have enjoyed this wonderful venture, or you are a first-timer angler and are feeling a bit nervous to get started, making plans about things you may need may be quite stressful.
Options are endless and it is seemingly impossible to know where one should start. Since there are countless ways to approach picking out proper gear, these seven may give the idea of where to start at least and what are the most important things to have.
Where To Start?
Angling gear is, to say the least, very important. There are many styles and designs. So the point is, finding the best fishing reels and rods is not an easy task. One should focus on a combination of those two that can be used both for fishing and luring the "pray" as well.
For example, a medium rod is great for catching a variety of species that are most often found in rivers and lakes. When taken care of properly, they last for many years. When it comes to reels, anglers can use open face or baitcasting ones. Beginners should focus more on using the open-faced ones before tackling down reels that are for baitcasting.
A "Perfect" Line
A fishing reel today can be found in diverse materials and sizes. Keep in mind that lines that are larger are stronger than the smaller ones, even if they are made out of the same material. There are different types of lines that differ from each other and these are some basic ones to choose from:
- Braided Lines
- Fluorocarbon Lines
- Monofilament Lines
Each has its own strength. Braided ones are considered thin and strong, lines made of fluorocarbon are mostly resistant to abrasion and are nearly invisible underwater, while monofilament ones can stretch really well and are light.
Floats, Weights, And Hooks
Essential things that any first time fisherman and the experienced one should have are floats, weights, and hooks. Weights for example are necessary for a way that they provide a larger casting distance and to keep the bait underwater. If you are unsure, stick with basics and use split shot weights that are easy to attach and are cheap. Hooks, on the other hand, are the best when they are not snelled. Those that are, have a leader that is tied to them already and the one that decides using it, should just attach it to a swivel snap.
By rummaging through any tackle shop, a long-lasting, sharp, and durable hooks can be found. The last thing "on the plate" is the float. A bobber keeps your bait off the bottom of the lake, river, or any water that you fish in. It also shows to the caster an indication that the fish is biting so there is no need to explain why it would be important to have one.
Officially the best way to lure fish in is to bring a live bait on your trip. The most universal live bait there is a nightcrawler. Almost any freshwater fish will eat it, they simply can't resist it. In case you want to try something else, you could bring a lure with you. There are many styles and they come in many colors and some underwater creatures can not resist it.
Imagine this scenario. You have all equipment possible that could assure you a good catch. But for some reason, for hours you are empty-handed. One of the reasons may be that in that spot, it is not possible to spot a fish simply because it is not there. In order to check that, a smart thing would be to have a wireless and castable fish finder. They are more and more popular and affordable. plus, they can spare you of unneeded and pointless waiting.
Where Have I Put It?
One thing that is responsible for keeping all other items together and organized is a good and practical bag. It needs to be big enough so that all the gear that has been mentioned already, can fit inside. Since it will most probably be carried around all day, it should also be comfortable and that a person carrying it is mobile enough.
Warm And Cold
Have the weather in mind. Meaning, that you need to be properly outfitted. In case the temperature is cold, it is recommended to bring something that will keep you warm, while on the other hand if it is scorching hot, lighter clothes are more appropriate. In any case, the right attire can keep you comfortable and safe.
You do not need to feel like you are doing chores when preparing for a fishing trip. It can be considered an adventure that can only bring enjoyment. By preparing correctly and bringing appropriate clothing and equipment, the experience will only be more comfortable. It's true that catching fish is never guaranteed, but that does not mean that the whole event will not be fun.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist