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Fishing Category

Hobby / Travel:

Equipment for fishing, an overview of it: Fishing rods; open-face spinning fishing reels; spincast fishing reels; sinkers; swivels; split rings; hooks; and fish finder/fish sonar.


What follows is a guide on what are the advantages and disadvantages of common types of equipment one uses in the course of fishing.  Such equipment includes the following:

  • Fishing rods.  Fishing rods come in all different lengths.  They usually come from 7


    feet to around 13 feet.  Purchasing a long fishing rod, from 10 feet to around 13 feet, may help you nab a fish over 25 pounds with relatively light fishing lines (of about 5- to 7-pound strength), allow you to cause your bait--artificial or live--to move around in the water more naturally, and absorb the physical reactions of fish-jerking quite well; the shorter fishing rod, from 7 feet to 9 feet, may easily allow you to use spinners, etc., than with the longer rod, allow you to catch relatively smaller fish with heavier fishing lines, and allow you to still use whichever kind of bait you want, artificial or live.

  • Open-face spinning fishing reels.  Such reels are usually found to be used by those who consider themselves to be acquainted with the fishing world and have otherwise felt the need to "graduate" from the use of the much simpler spincast fishing reel (as discussed below).  Such reels have their advantages and disadvantages:  With a wide selection of them from which to choose for various prices, they can easily handle a significant amount of fishing line, and extra spools can replace the existing spool of such a reel with ease in the event you want to quickly change fishing lines.  While such reels have a great capacity, one may see that the downside of such reels is that they are not necessarily designed for the usual monofilament fishing lines for bigger catches.

  • Spincast fishing reels.  Practically undisputed as the easiest and simplest fishing reel rods to operate (and far easier than the open-face spinning fishing reels), spincast fishing reels are known for their characteristically enclosed/cast-over design, where the line chambers are covered and, thus, hidden from view, which is good for the youngsters so that they will not endanger their fingers while such reels are in operation.  The downside with these reels is that they do not come near to the line-holding capacity of the open-face spinning fishing reels; the capacity of the spincast fishing reels is limited.  There's not much of a variety of such reels from which to choose either.

  • Sinkers.  These are essentially fishing line weights--of different types and sizes--that act to hold your bait/lure down where the fish are located.  The common types of sinkers are attached to the line by clamping them onto it. Though, make sure that when you buy these weights, you do not buy the ones that are made of lead given the harmful effects of lead, both to life in general and the environment.

  • Swivels.  Attached to the fishing line and to some lures, swivels are small, snap-on metal devices that each encompass a pivoting joint and at least two rings, which act to prevent or otherwise lessen the incidence of the fishing line getting tangled and entwined.  They help prevent sinkers from sliding down more than is necessary.  The drawbacks of having swivels are that they have been noted to create weak links in the fishing line, and hooks may become entangled with them.

  • Split rings.  These rings are used in the process of attaching certain swivels, spinner blades, lures, etc., to your fishing line; in fact, for easy replacement of a bad hook, the use of a new split ring can facilitate the attachment of a new hook.  Though, make sure that when you buy these rings, you do not buy the ones that are made of lead given the harmful effects of lead, both to life in general and the environment.

  • Hooks.  Ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 20 important tools in mankind history, there are a plethora of hooks of various kinds, material-compositions and sizes on the market today for your selective choosing and intended fishing purposes. Hooks may be designed to directly have attached bait (dead, alive or altogether artificial), to mainly act as fishing prey, or to be made a part of other devices--such as lures--that mimic fish prey/bait.

  • Hook sharpeners/hones.  Just as much as you'll need fishing hooks, you'll the sharpeners to keep such hooks sharp for fishing quality.  See the section on maintaining the sharpness of your fishing hooks.

  • Fish finder / Fish Sonar.  Though not a necessity, a fish finder is great electronic device to have in order to assist you in discerning how deep the water is and where fish may be lurking.  This is especially useful for relatively big bodies of water, such as lakes.

Ed the Handyman


Your Handyman Zone Team


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