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What equipment do I need to start fishing?

Posted by Jennifer Tully on
What equipment do I need to start fishing?

Fishing is a timeless pastime enjoyed by millions worldwide, offering relaxation, adventure, and the thrill of the catch. Whether you're a novice angler or a seasoned pro, having the right equipment can make all the difference in your fishing experience.

In this blog, we'll explore the essential gear you need to start fishing, from rods and reels to accessories that enhance your success on the water.

Rods and reels

The cornerstone of any fishing setup is a reliable rod and reel combo. Choose a fishing rod that matches the type of fishing you'll be doing, whether it's freshwater, saltwater, fly fishing, or ice fishing.

Pair it with a compatible reel that offers smooth casting and retrieval. For beginners, a versatile spinning reel paired with a medium-action rod is an excellent choice for a wide range of fishing applications.

Tackle box

A well-stocked tackle box is essential for organising and storing your fishing gear. Invest in a tackle box with multiple compartments to keep your lures, hooks, sinkers, and other tackles organised and easily accessible.

Look for a durable, waterproof tackle box that can withstand the rigours of outdoor use and protect your gear from moisture and damage.

Bait and lures

Choose bait and lures based on the type of fish you're targeting and the fishing conditions. Live bait such as worms, minnows, or shrimp is highly effective for many species, while artificial lures come in a variety of styles and colours to mimic the natural prey of fish. Experiment with different bait and lure options to find what works best in your fishing spot.

Fishing line

Choose a fishing line that matches the weight of the fish you'll be targeting and the fishing conditions. For example, Monofilament line is versatile and easy to handle, while fluorocarbon line offers low visibility in the water, making it ideal for clear conditions. The braided line provides excellent strength and sensitivity, making it suitable for fishing in heavy cover or deep water.

Hooks and sinkers

Stock up on a variety of hooks and sinkers in different sizes and styles to accommodate various fishing techniques and bait presentations. Circle hooks are popular for catch-and-release fishing, while J-hooks are versatile and effective for a wide range of species.

Sinkers help to weigh down your bait and get it to the desired depth, so choose sinkers that match the size and weight of your bait and fishing conditions.


Stay comfortable and protected on the water with the right fishing apparel. Invest in a quality fishing hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to shield yourself from the sun's rays. A lightweight, breathable fishing shirt and trousers protect from the elements while allowing for freedom of movement. Don't forget to wear sturdy, non-slip footwear to navigate slippery terrain and wet boat decks safely.

Head torch

When fishing at dawn or dusk, or during night time excursions, a reliable head torch is essential for visibility and safety. Opt for a head torch with lights that won't scare away fish. We recommend the MH11 Rechargeable Outdoor Head Torch with Optisense Technology. With Bluetooth remote control, multi-colour LEDs, and several mounting options, this head torch provides versatile illumination without spooking your catch.

Powerful torch

For nighttime fishing adventures or when navigating dark waters, a powerful and robust torch is indispensable. We recommend the P6R Signature Rechargeable Torch, designed for outdoor enthusiasts seeking superior brightness and durability. With its high-powered beam and rugged construction, this torch ensures you can see clearly and stay safe on your fishing expeditions.

Start your fishing journey

Armed with the right equipment, you're ready to embark on your fishing journey with confidence. From rods and reels to tackle boxes and accessories, each piece of gear plays a crucial role in your fishing success.

Invest in quality equipment, learn proper fishing techniques, and enjoy the thrill of the catch as you explore the waters and reel in your next big adventure.

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