What Fishing Equipment to Get If You Are a Beginner

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Do you enjoy the feeling of the open ocean and the water spraying in your face as the sun shines down on you? Do you want to have more activities related to the ocean and water in general?

Why not try fishing?

Advantages of Fishing

Fishing is a great way to destress and spend some time relaxing, instead of constantly worrying about so many things. Also, fishing helps you get quite a bit of vitamin D as you spend a lot of it in the sun.

Fishing isn’t just great for your body and mind; it’s also great for your social life. Of course, if you want to start fishing, then you’ll need some gear!

Getting yourself some fishing gear to start sounds simple enough, but in practice, you’ll find there’s so much variety to choose from! There are rods, fishing lines, hooks, bait, lures, etc. Each of these categories has its own selection, and it can get overwhelming just to think about.

Here is a list of basic fishing equipment to get if you’re a beginner:

Rods and Reels

There are many different kinds of rods available! Most are made of graphite or some composite materials. Depending on what kind of fishing you’re doing, whether fishing in the surf, flying fishing or even fishing from a pier, you’ll need a different type of rod. 

If you’re unsure what kind of fishing you want to do, you could always go with a rod of medium strength. You want a rod that will let you feel when the fish bites and how it’s moving while hooked on the line. If you’re wondering about how big the rod should be, a good estimate is to get one that is 30cm longer than your height. 

When you shop at a tackle store, you usually are able to get a fishing combo, or a rod-and-reel pair. This will allow you to start fishing quite quickly. If you feel more adventurous, you could always buy them separately. 

Fishing Line

If you’re getting a fishing combo, then it should already come with a line. Still, it’s always a good idea to have a spare line just in case yours breaks. Where you plan to fish determines the kind of line you should get.

Rough waters mean you should go for heavier lines, while lake and clear water fishing need thinner, clearer lines so you don’t spook the fish. If you’re unsure where you’re planning on fishing, get some monofilament line as this is easy to work with.


Simply put, you should definitely get yourself single hooks. Anything more than that would be too complicated for a beginner.


Live bait like worms are a great choice, but they tend to be hard to keep as they’re alive. Other forms of bait such as bread or potatoes also work, depending on the kind of fish you’re trying to hook.


Lures are essentially artificial bait; they’re designed to closely resemble real fish so that you trick the fish into biting. Again, it’ll depend on the conditions and kind of fish you’re trying to get.


Fishing is a great hobby because there’s so much to learn. Basic gear to start out with includes a fishing line, rods and reels, hooks and bait. Don’t be afraid to talk to your local fishing shop owners for tips and tricks they’ve learned over the years. 

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