Also available in: French
Fishing may not be your passion yet, but you plan to do a bit of jigging every other day this summer? Already an angler and have a feeling your children might like it, but you aren’t sure where to start to introduce them to your sport of choice? No problem. Follow our list of eight essentials to add to a first tackle box for apprentices and make the first outing a success.
1. A fishing rod and reel set
Instead of getting lost with the wide range of fishing rods on the market, look for a fishing rod and a medium power spinning reel (Medium Light). This is a good base to thwart trout, walleye and even bass! And if the objective is limited to staying on the shore to tease the yellow perch or sunfish with the younger ones, an ultra-light (Ultra Light) model is all you need.
2. Some lures
Once you’ve got your fishing rod and spinning reel set, you’ll want to cast lures that can be supported by your line. Beware of heavy lures. Spinners and hard baits of all shapes and colours, lures are artificial baits to attract fish based on their habitat and species. Start by getting flexible lures of various shapes and sizes, change lures during your fishing trip and memorize what works best.
3. Practical tools and accessories
Just like a carpenter, plumber or electrician, an angler must always have his tools handy. Which tools, you may ask? Nothing complicated. A good knife to prepare the catches, but also to cut the line, a pair of pliers for the stubborn hooks, line and hooks, a spoon net to take the beast before it escapes or just catch the bottle dropped overboard, a chain or a fish basket, a towel, some insect repellent, and a box full of swarming worms.
4. A fishing rod case
Not an insignificant detail, a rigid case with a strap will allow you to carry your rod safely and extend its life. Opt for durable, ripstop, and easy-to-care-for nylon.
5. A seat
Time can sometimes be long in a rowboat, especially when there are no fish to feed. It may be a good idea to bring a portable fishing seat to level up your comfort, especially if you suffer from back pain.
6. Protective fishing clothing
Plan ahead: the fishing trips that take place either under the scorching sun or light rain are just bad enough for you to become soaked while outside. Mosquitoes and other insects can also be part of the game even when you are in the middle of the lake, well seated in your boat.
Don’t forget to amplify your new fishing wardrobe with a wide-brimmed hat or cap with a mosquito net, some breathable long-sleeves sweaters or shirts, a rain jacket, some rubber boots and even protective pants if you’ll be crossing a wooded area to get to the lake or the river – you don’t want to bring a tick on board.
7. A life jacket
Even though you are literally immobile while seated in a rowboat or submerged up to your knees in a river, a life jacket (PFD) is not only essential, but mandatory by law, even if you are in a human-powered watercraft like a canoe or kayak.
Buy a jacket specially designed for fishing so you can store your lures and enjoy better freedom of movement.
8. A tackle box
In order to organize your tools, accessories and lures, you will most certainly want to store them in a compartmentalized tackle box. Quite frankly, no one wants to find their hook stuck in the car seat or their precious lures scattered in the bottom of the boat. To find everything in the same place, the tackle box is the number one accessory in a good basic fishing kit. Enough to make you feel like an experienced angler who already has a ton of “long” stories to tell!
To get started and deepen your gear research, check out Cyril’s Tackle Boxes and make your choices from the products specially selected by our fishing pro and ambassador.
Also available in: French