Strike and reel: You’ve packed everything you need for your once-in-a-lifetime fishing trip. You’re ready to head out on the water and catch the big one… or maybe several big ones. But wait, did you remember your essential fishing gear checklist? As it turns out, not all fishing gear is created equal. Some products are simply more useful than others when it comes to catching fish. That being said, it can be challenging to determine which pieces of equipment are best for you and your needs as a fisherman. The attention to detail in each product is what makes the difference between an average piece of gear and something that outperforms the rest of its competition. So before you make any purchases, read on for our honest reviews of some of the worst fishing gear currently available on the market – along with some helpful advice about what not to buy from a fishing company ever again!
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Reel Essentials: The Worst Fishing Gear and How to Avoid It
Strike and reel: You’ve heard it before: The fishing tackle you use makes all the difference. You can have all the knowledge in the world about where and when to catch fish, but if your equipment isn’t up to par, you won’t catch as many. Which is why we’re here to help you spot bad fishing gear so you don’t buy it in the first place. No matter what type of fishing you do, or plan to do, there are some red flags that let you know when something is cheap and not worth your money. So the next time you’re thinking of buying new tackle, read this article first!
Reeling in the wrong stuff
Strike and reel: You can get a lot of different types of reels, but there are a few types you want to be careful about. First, look for a reel with a good drag (a mechanism that lets you adjust the amount of line that you’ll be able to pull in). You don’t want one with a super light drag, as you’ll have to break it in for a long time to make it work right. It should also have an easy-to-read drag system so you can adjust it mid-reel. Another thing to look for is a good line spool. You want one that’s big enough to hold all the line you need for the fish you plan to catch, but not so big that it gets tangled.
Crappy fishing line
Fishing line is one of those things that you don’t know you need until it breaks. But right when you need it most, the line might snap, leaving your hook and bait on the riverbed. Fishing line is made out of various materials, but when fishing for trout, bass, or any other freshwater species, you’re going to want to use a braided fishing line. This type is extremely strong and will last longer than other types of fishing line. Braided fishing line is also great for casting and will sink when you want it to. If you get a piece of fishing line that’s too thin, it’ll probably snap under pressure. A braided line should be 0.19-inches or thicker to be safe. If you grab a thin piece of fishing line, you could also run into issues with casting. Fishing line that’s too thin can cause the line to tangle up when you cast.
Lead and lead-core weights
Strike and reel: Both lead and lead-core weights are commonly used to add weight to your fishing line so that you can reel in at a slower speed. This helps you to get in touch with your surroundings and observe fish behavior, and also gives you a chance to catch small fish that you otherwise might not have been able to catch. Lead or lead-core weights are bad because they’re toxic. They can get into the water and harm other aquatic animals and plants. And no one wants to accidentally eat a lead weight. Look for other non-toxic options like rubber, or even plastic weights that still let you catch fish.
Floating Fishing Bait
Float fishing is a way to catch fish that are just below the surface of the water. While it’s a great way to get lots of fish and not need to be at the same spot daily like when fishing with a rod and reel, it’s also a really common way to catch trout. Some people might think that fishing bait that floats is the way to go. But floating bait can be really bad for the environment. Fish that feed on the bait might get sick, and other, non-targeted fish might get caught up in the mess too. And forget about catching fish that are just below the surface of the water. If you want to float fish, use a bobber that sinks.
Strike and reel: If you’re fishing for bass, or any other species that lives close to the bottom of a lake or river, you’ll want to go with a type of bait that’s designed to live at the bottom of the water. But there are different kinds of bait for different types of bottom dwellers. There’s crawfish, crayfish, and shrimp-type bait. You don’t want to use shrimp-type bait for bass. It’s not the right type of bait. Lots of other fish, like trout and salmon, eat shrimp, and you want to avoid catching those species while you’re trying to catch bass. There are crayfish and crawfish lures made just for bass, though.
Fishing is a great way to spend time with friends and family, and it’s also a great way to get some good, healthy food. But you need to make sure you’re using good fishing gear so you can catch as many fish as possible. So don’t reel in the wrong stuff; instead, reel in the best gear you can get. Be mindful of the different types of fishing gear, and you’ll reel in some great fish.