Guide to Fresh Water Tackle




In this instructable i am going to show you all of the basic fresh water fishing tackle and tools that you will need to fish for bass,pike,crappie,and other fresh water game fish found threw ought the hole united states

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Step 1: Tackle Box

our Tackle Box is one of your most important tools with out it you would have nowhere to put all of your tackle in. Tackle Boxes range from about 5-100 dollars for fresh water don't buy anything special if you are new to the art and sport of fishing. Start with a walmart special Tackle box for about 15 dollars, like my flambeau I have had this thing for 3 years and it has never failed me yet.

Step 2: Free & Close to Free Tackle

Before you spend all of your money on tackle you should check local pawn shops,and second hand stores like goodwill.This cast craft tackle box is a good example i found it at a local pawn shop for 20 dollars. This tackle box was loaded with tackle it had at least 100 dollars in tackle.

Step 3: Lures

you will want a fairly large verity of lures starting at the top with poppers going down to crank baits.
Rapala lures are the best in my opinion and after Rapala i would recommend storm wordens rooster tails

Step 4: Tools

the tools of fishing that are not used to fish are good to have for many reasons like removing hooks and cutting the barbs.the most use full tool is your pliers you use these to cut line,bend barbs,remove hooks,and much more.another tool is a good knife like a Swiss army knife or survival knife.

Step 5: Rod & Reel

buy a good rod and reel set for around 40 dollars at least don't buy a cheap zebco bait caster or button release learn to use a spinner real you will have more control over your lures and bait. I recommend a 6.5 foot ugly stick and a Penn reel this is not the cheapest but is a great investment that is worth. if you are not willing to pay a lot i don't blame you. but another choice if you are on a low budget buy a cheap spinner at walmart.

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    4 years ago

    anyone looking for a decent rod and reel can buy a 6 foot or 6 foot 6 medium or medium heavy at Gander Mountain or bass pro. the measurement is for length and the medium, medium heavy is the strength or flex of the rod. These are for generally any fishing but definitely for anything bass and above unless your fishing for monsters. If your pan fishing any cheap 1500 ultra light(super flexible) will work. You do not have to buy a name brand they each make their own rod and reel I would suggest purchasing the rod from either store I own a few and they are decent usually will run you about 30 to 40 bucks. Very nice affordable real is the new Shimano Sonora 2500 I think it replaced the Sedona and you can get it for about $60 on amazon. If you don't want to spend a hundred bucks get a Bass Pro or Gander Mountain bundle rod and reel for about 40 or 50 Bucks the 2500 series is the general size for catching anything from bass the northern. I picked up an extra Gander Mountain rod and reel set just to have an extra one for Canada and it worked great had it for 2 years now and both rod and reel are good. I fish a lot so they have been tested. That being said after buying enough rods and reels whether expensive or not you will always get a turd and have to return it because the bearings went out or something. This is just because it was assembled on a Friday at 4:55 and it was quitting time. Otherwise you should get a good two or three seasons out of the less expensive ones if you fish year round. Keep in mind the more large fish you land the more stress on the rod and reel. I had a (won't mention the name of the reel) that was fairly pricey fall apart after landing a 40 inch fat northern but that happens. If you want to invest in a nice rod and reel Shimano anything is good as well as Pflueger for the Reel. and the Bionic blade or ugly stick are a good Rod. There are even more expensive brands so spend what you want. Just speaking from experience after a lot of fishing. The real bank account killers are the lures you got to get pretty specific if you want to do well. color, size, and Depth are few important factors depending on what you want to catch and where you are fishing. Have to keep in mind whether you want floaters, a lot of action in the lure, I could write about 100 pages of what you need for this and that. If you want to catch the big ones you got to buy the good lures. If you have any local fishing shows or expos that come around you can find some bargain bins and grab A ton of good lures for a quarter of the price. Get there on the first day of the show if you want the best selection. One little secret, just about perch anything is a safe bet for some of the bigger game fish like bass and northern and walleye. I.E. the lure will be called like a perch 13. That is the color and size. Or a yellow perch or perch flat wrap from rapala. Again I could go on for days. You will notice as you fish on that generally the same stupid colored lures are always left in the bins or on the store shelves and very specific ones are always out of stock. This is because Fish enthusiasts no what the different fish want and what is hot. Sometimes the fish either eat anything or are so damn picky from day to day it is nuts. One lure might be the ticket in the morning when it is cool and overcast weather and then get you nothing when it is sunny and hot. It is a tricky but wonderful sport and you will catch on pretty quick. My Father showed me all the little tricks and we crush em. Good luck and good fishing. Sorry for the poor typing. Have to use a voice text system. Anything confusing here email me and I will try and help.

    An Villain

    9 years ago on Step 5

    ugly stik=good choice, cheap penn=awful. i would suggest for a person on a budget get a shimano sienna or solstace. i bet that reel has no instant anti-reverse (slower hooksets or lost fish) a shoddy drag and bail trip system (hard to use, not durable) and problably a lot of polymer parts (extremely low durabilty.)

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    An Villainfisherman96

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    70$ spinning reel? the shimano sienna costs 30$ along with the spirex and the shimano solstace costs 40$ along with the sonora the sedona (my grandfathers reel of choice) costs 50$. i own a solstace and a sedona, they are in my opinion, the best deal on spinning reels in the world.

    An Villainvoemaster

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 5

    unless it is designed to not have a reel on it, then it is a fishing rod, fishing poles have line holders on them or just have line tied onto the end (tenakara.) what rod is it?


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Use a Shimano 4000 with a Shakespeare Ugly Stik. Its great.


    7 years ago on Step 4

    Check out this line tension/spooling tool.

    Very handy to help spool your line by yourself


    7 years ago on Step 5

    I use a 7-foot All-Star with a shimano citica that I got for around $20 from a buddy


    9 years ago on Step 2

    i got a deal like that more lures older for 5 $ with a new fillet knife at a garage sale


    10 years ago on Introduction

    u need to get a heddon sonic the kind they dont make any more they work great for bass, buy on on ebay, thier one of my favorite lures

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