Fishing: basic equipments and basic costs

You can put together the basic elements of freshwater fishing tackleall decent stuff, toofor less than $50.

By basic elements, I mean:

A fishing rod, which allows you to cast to the fish .

A fishing reel, which is attached to the fishing rod and holds the  Fishing line, to which is tied.

A hook, onto which is threaded

Bait, something that fish eat.

You can use imitation bait instead, which is called: A lure.

For now, though, to get an idea of the prices involved, note the cost of assembling a basic freshwater rod-and-reel outfit and some lures (which were priced at a sporting-goods store)

Costs of Basic Freshwater Tackle Item Cost Spinning rod-and-reel combination, rated for 6- to 12-pound-test line, medium action $34.99

Three spinners @ $1.99 each 5.97

250 yards of 8-pound-test monofilament line 4.99

Subtotal $45.95

Sales tax @ 5 percent


One major manufacturer offered a ready to fish spinning rod-and-reel combination that came with a free tackle starter kit either three spinners or a small assortment of plastic worms and hooks for $35. Conversely, for about $100 you can buy an excellent warranty-backed rod-and-reel outfit, one that will last for more than a decade, and still have money left over for your license. For now, though, I recommend going with a mid-priced outfit, because your desires may change in the future. There’s no point investing heavily in, say, a lightweight troutfishing outfit now when you may wind up doing most of your fishing in big reservoirs for heavyweight large mouth bass.

The cost of putting together a basic saltwater-fishing outfit with rudimentary tackle is slightly higher:

Conventional rod-and-reel combination, rated for 12- to 20-pound-test line, medium action $60.00

Eight hooks, assorted sizes 1.99

300 yards of 15-pound-test monofilament line 6.99

Six bank sinkers, assorted sizes 1.80

Bait (clams, squid, worms, etc., available at bait shop) 5.00

Subtotal $75.78

Sales tax @ 5 percent

It’s possible to spend even less on tackle; the same store offered starter rod-and-reel outfits for less than $15. These were spincasting (also known as pushbutton) outfits with line already on the reel, and in some cases blister-packaged with a hook or a lure. This is where the you get what you pay for philosophy applies, because, cheap tackle is just that. Poor-quality rods don’t cast well, lack proper balance, and are usually either as stiff as broomsticks or as whippy as rope. Inexpensive reels are typically clumsy to operate, malfunction often, and break easily. Learning to cast and eventually fish with such cheap tackle is difficult, frustrating, and possibly detrimental to your learning the sport. In the end, a cheap rod and reel will send you back to the tackle shop for what you should have bought in the first place.




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