Fishing is a very versatile sport. It is a leisure activity that you can find success in whether you sit back and relax or get close to the action with a fast-paced chase. There are many different ways to indulge in this luxury sport, but if you are new to it, you might want to consider finding gear, reels and fishing rods for sale on Junk Mail.
The Fishing Equipment you will need to get started
In order to fish, you can either stand in the water to catch a fish with your mouth like a bear, or you can use human conveniences such as a fishing rod or reel. Today we highlight some of the gear and fishing equipment for sale you will need to get started.
Picking your fishing rod
A fishing rod is a long pole that has a reel with fishing line, and is the essential piece of fishing equipment. Together, you cast the line and it extends from the rod and gives you a point from which to guide and pull the line as you see fit.
There are hundreds of different types of fishing rods. Different fishing rods are made of different materials and sizes. Casting rods are the traditional fishing rods normally around 1.5m long. Other fishing rods are perfect for certain types of fishing such as fly fishing or ice fishing.
For beginners, you might want to consider finding medium sized fishing rods for sale. Ensure that the rod is not too heavy or long for you.
Line and fishing reels for sale
The fishing reel is where the fishing line is wound. There are different types of fishing reels for sale on Junk Mail as well. They differ primarily in their purpose.
The fishing line is what is used to bring the fish from the water into your hands. The fishing line is laced along the rod where it can be controlled from the reel. Fishing line generally comes in either monofilament or braid, the main difference being the material and number of filaments.
Fishing nets are another option. Made of a grid of fibers, fishing nets can be used to help scoop up one or two fish or with cast netting to grab multiple in one catch.
Packing your Fishing Tackle Boxes
The smaller the hook, the more likely you are to catch a fish. The type of hook you’ll need depends on the type of fishing rod you have. A Number 1 hook is generally good for most of your fishing needs. A sinker is a weight that helps you cast farther and sink deeper to reach fish away from the shores. Sinkers are most useful for deep-sea fishing.
Bobbers or floats are another handy piece of fishing gear to have in fishing tackle boxes. Floats carry the bait further in the water to help you access more fish. They also can help the bait float in the water when you need it to.
Your Fishing Tackle and Other Fishing Gear
To get the fish to come to you, you can’t just stand on the bank and expect them to be attracted to your charm. Bait is an easy way to get the fish to your hook. What makes good bait? Anything that fishies like to eat: salmon eggs, worms, insects, even cheese! If you’d rather not carry around live bait in your tackle box, you can always go for synthetic bait that have the look and smell of live bait, or just fake bait that resembles fishes’ favourite bites.
Once you’ve reeled in the catch of the day, you’ll need to free it from the fishing line. Fishing pliers are great for cutting your line, but also for things such as removing hooks, bending wires, and more! There are different sizes and types of fishing pliers and scissors. Look up the best type for the line that you’ll be using.
Your fishing tackle box is where you will keep all of your fishing gear. When prepping your tackle box, it is important to understand the type of fishing you’ll be doing and what extra things that you will need.
Some great extra fishing equipment to keep in your tackle box include extra fishing line, hooks, sinkers, bait, bobbers- extra everything! You never know when your simple fishing day will turn into a triumphant battle for the catch of a lifetime.
Don’t forget to look for fishing tackle for sale on Junk Mail before heading out.
Before you even step foot out of your house, you must be sure that you are fishing within your local governing body’s rules. The Marine Living Resources Act of 1998 regulates fishing on recreational and retail levels. You must obtain a fishing permit for recreational fishing. In the Western Cape, to apply for a fishing permit, you must apply and pay the fee. Permits are catch specific.
Fishing tips for a nice day out
For a fun day out on the water, you might want to find the following gear and fishing equipment for sale on Junk Mail.
Aside from your fishing gear and fishing tackle boxes, bring along some convenience items such as a fishing chair and a cooler- not for your drinks, but to keep your fish in if you choose to take any home with you.
Fishing chairs are available with other fishing gear for sale, and are often outfitted with convenient features such as a place to hold your fishing rod. An umbrella can help keep you safe from the sun and to give you an unobstructed view of the water. A rain jacket and waterproof shoes can help protect you in case you decide to get in the water for your catch.
Some other useful things to keep in your fishing tackle box are a first-aid kit and sunscreen. With fishing line and cutters around, it’s best to stay prepared with a few medical supplies on hand. Whether or not the sun is shining during your fishing excursion, it is important to stay protected. Water reflects the sun’s rays, making it harmful to your skin after a long day on the water.
Where to fish in South Africa?
The best spots to fish in South Africa vary from the mountains to the coast. The best places to fish in South Africa depend on the kind of fishing and what you’d like to catch. Dullstroom, Mpumalanga is great for fly fishing in September and October and April and May. Go to the Western Cape for freshwater and deep-sea fishing. Find excellent game fishing spots by the Elephant Coast, and the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.
Fishing at a dam can be much easier than fishing in a river or the ocean as the dam creates a collective spot for the fish. Dams often do not close at any point during the year, making them a simple, go to fishing spot.