The fishing reel is used to retrieve the line used to cast the bait. The reel automatically winds the line onto the spool. There are several types of reels such as spinning, bait casting, trolling, etc. Each of these is used for specific types of fishing. In any case, the reels are limited by the amount of line that can be wound on the spools – often characterized by depth and size of the spool. Naturally, the thicker the line, lesser the amount that can be wound on the reel. A specific character of any reel is that it has a uniform reel seat – the portion that is mounted onto the rod. Again, the type of reel, and line used depends on personal tastes and experience of an angler. It can often be seen that an experienced angler can easily catch larger fishes with thinner lines and smaller reels, despite the folklore being that a larger fish would require stronger lines and larger reels.
The fishing rod is used to drag the line in a uniform way that would guide the drop of bait accurate into the water. Rods come in various lengths and constructions Often, carbon rods are light weight whilst being strong. On the other hand, composite/ fiber glass rods are heavier whilst maintaining the strength. Of course, composite rods are far cheaper than carbon rods. Again, there are several types of rods among which the following 3 are widely used - casting rods, trolling rods, and pole rods – each used for a different purpose. Also, rods come in telescopic formats, 2 section, and 3 sections with EVA or Cork grips. Although the uses of these are the same, the availability of different formats is to various needs of the anglers. Again there are different action rods that are suitable for different types of fishes. Medium action rods bend further than heavy action rods.
The fishing line is used as the medium to drag the fish to the angler. Important parameters of a fishing line are its length, material, and weight (thicker, sturdier lines are more visible to fish). Factors that may determine what line an angler chooses for a given fishing environment include breaking strength, knot strength, UV resistance, cast ability, limpness, stretch, abrasion resistance, and visibility. The most common type of fishing line is a monofilament line. Other alternatives include braided, dyneema, fluorocarbon where in the difference is in material and strength. Again, the lines used while fishing is entirely the choice of the angler.
The fishing hook is the object that holds the fish onto the bait. Needless to say, there are several sizes in the same. Of course, larger hooks are needed to catch larger fishes and vice versa. Some famous brands in hooks include Mustad, Maruto, and Youvella.
Possessing the above two should put anyone in the business of recreational fishing. However, as mentioned earlier there are several accessories that are designed to boost the catch. These include weights, floats, grips, lures etc. Although these are not necessary, they do help a lot in improving the chances of catching a fish.
Finally, just remember the phrase – Patience is a virtue. It's imperative that you have nerves of steel and large amounts of patience while fishing. It is very likely that your first attempt may not lead to a bite, but as they say “never give up!”
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