If you know someone who is interested in fishing, or you’re just starting out yourself, but have no idea what equipment to bring on the bank, don’t worry as we’ve got you covered. We like to make things easy for you, which is why we’ve put together a complete beginner’s kit list that will see you landing the greatest catches in no time!
First and foremost is a fishing licence. Without one you won’t be able to fish, so get your fishing licence by clicking here.
If you live in the US, click here to get your fishing licence. If you live in another part of Europe or Australia, check with your local government for further details about fishing licenses.
You need somewhere to store all your lures, hooks and other small tools, which is why a tackle box is essential. There are various different sizes to choose from, but the most important thing for an angler is to organise your gear! Our recommendations:
There are different types of rods, depending on what type of fishing you’re going to be doing. For coarse fishing beginners, we suggest a simple float rod with reel lines from 4lb to 6lb, such as the Drennan Acolyte Plus 15ft Float Rod. For lure fishing beginners, we recommend spinning rods between 9 to 10 feet long, such as the Penn Rampage Bass Spinning Rod.
Just like there are different rods, there are also different reels which depend on what you intend to do with them and your skill level. The two main types of reels are spinning reels and baitcasting reels. We’ve already written a handy blog which explains the differences between the two and which one you should choose based on your skill level. We recommend spinning reels for beginners, especially Abu Garcia’s spinning combo range, which comes with both a rod and reel all in one. Our recommendations:
It’s best to start with monofilament fishing lines as they’re easier to handle than others, but still very durable. Obviously the heavier the line the bigger the fish you can catch, but it’s best to start off light and work your way up. Our recommendations:
Circle hooks are a good base to start as they set in the corner of the fish’s mouth, not the stomach, and are easy to remove. Our recommendations:
Sinkers stabilise your line as the hook and bait sinks deeper into the water once you’ve casted it. Our recommendations:
Bobbers are a great tool to help you know when a fish is biting so you can react quickly and start reeling it in! But remember, the smaller the bobber the better you’ll be able to detect the fish biting. Our recommendations:
Bait and lures essentially do the same thing; attract fish. However, the difference is bait is usually live, such as worms and minnows, whereas lures are artificial bait that mimic a real fish. If you’re going for artificial lures, simple soft plastic lures are the best to start with. Browse all lures here.
These are essential to help you safely take the hook out of a fish’s mouth. Number one rule in fishing is safety! Our recommendations: