Pond fishing – Gear Guide

Pond fishing – Gear Guide

Thoughts on Gear that you would need to get started. The first thing to decide is the desired outcome of the fishing trip. The simplest equipment to start would be a cane pole and a can of worms. In years past this would be composed of a homemade cut bamboo pole of a long length with a string tied to the end with a hook. then the store-bought cane pole became readily available and country stores and chain stores would have 10 - 12 ft long cane poles available for purchase. With the advent of modern manufacturing and great improvements in technology, came the advent of the telescoping fiberglass or composite material cane pole. The telescoping cane pole is a good way to start a person out with the fishing experience. The poles themselves are of lightweight construction yet surprisingly strong for handling the occasional larger fish. The pole in itself is a simple device as it goes, the pole is segmented with progressively smaller pieces that slide into each other. When completely collapsed the pole is approximately 3-4 feet long and is self-contained. When you are ready to fish you pull out the tip and the next piece comes behind it and forms a long flexible pole. On the end of the pole is a loop of wire made into it or attached to the tip of the pole. This is the attachment point for the fishing line and the most fragile point on the pole. The tip is highly susceptible to car doors and feet for getting broken.  This happens to almost every fisherman at some point , even with fishing rods that are ridiculously expensive. The fishing line is the next piece between you and the fish. Going to the local store will get you very confused without some prior knowledge of what to look for. Unless it is a small country store you will encounter a wall of "fishing line" with an impossible amount of choices of fishing line. The first consideration will be line weight. This is better said as the breaking strength of the line. Meaning a 2lb (pound) test fishing line has been tested to break at a weight of 2 lbs. and so on up to and above 50lb test line. Since we are talking about fishing for small fish within 15 feet of the bank with the cane pole, a medium to light weight fishing line will be more than adequate for most fish you are likely to encounter. Although there is always the chance that a must larger than expected fish will take your bait.- My daughter Caught a 10 lb largemouth bass from a small farm pond when she was about 8 years old quit unexpectedly so anything is possible. 8 - 10 lb test line will do just fine. There are still options for color, braided, monofilament , how large a spool to buy. do not let the choices overwhelm you. A good quality monofilament in 8 lb test with good knots tied will catch most fish.  I have also included a link for you to a you tube video for the easiest and best knot that I have been tying for 40 years. This knot has proven itself time and again. the video shows a jumbo fishing line and a giant hook for ease of seeing what is going on. Your fishing line and hook will be much smaller. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12suga1qwEs gatafish bait company

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