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How to choose basic fishing equipment

Many of us would like to try fishing for the first time. If this is your case, my advice is to use a basic equipment that will fit the needs of anyone who wants to try this great sport.

patrick campeau  We are lucky to live in a province that we could qualify a paradise for fishermen.  When you look at a map of the province of Quebec, take some time to locate its different water plans.  You will be surprised to realize how privileged we are.  One sure thing is that there is a lot of water in Quebec.  Because of this, it is not surprising to learn that there are 1,400,000 fishermen in the province.

Many of us would like to try fishing for the first time.  If this is your case, my advice is to use a basic equipment that will fit the needs of anyone who wants to try this great sport.

Fishing rod: For anyone who wants to fish, I recommend the use of a 6 feet 6 inches fishing rod.  You should choose a 2 pieces medium action fishing rod.  It is also recommended to choose a graphite fishing rod instead of one made of fiberglass.  Graphite is more sensible.  Indeed, it is easier to detect fish bites with this kind of fishing rod.  The price of fishing rods varies from $25.00 to $250.00.  A fishing rod paid $40.00 or $50.00 will be perfect for general fishing. 
Reel:  There are many factors to consider when buying a reel.  First, you must choose the size of the monofilament that will be used. 
Then, you will be able to choose a reel.  In general, you should choose a reel that will not be too bulky.  This later should contain 100 yards of the chosen monofilament.
Following this, you should choose a front ou rear drag.  You must know that a reel with a front drag is more precise because it offers an higher dragging surface.  At the opposite, a rear drag is faster and easier to access. 
Many options are also offered like : the Super Stopper, the Dyna-Calance, an additional spool, a low or high gear ratio, a "quick fire" type sear, etc...
In conclusion, when you choose your reel, make sure that it is not too big and that you perfectly know how it works.
Mnofilament: Commonly called "the thread".  Monofilament is the only contact that exists between you and the fish.  Too often, people want to save money by buying a low quality thread.  A good spool of Trilene XL, XT, Vanish etc... costs approximately ten dollars.  Do not risk loosing a big fish because of negligence or inappropriate equipement.  At the end of each season of fishing, we should dispose of the used monofilament and replace it by new one.  If this is not done, the monofilament could weather away and loose its resistance.

For walleye, my advice would be to use 6 or 8 pounds of resistance.  For pike and tilefish, you should choose a resistance from 8 to 12 pounds.  In general, trout fishing requires a resistance from 4 to 8 pounds.  Those who fish many different kinds of fish should use a maximum of 8 to 10 pounds of resistance.  Do not forget that your reel is supplied with a drag that allows the monofilament to come out of the spool if a fish creates pressure that is too high.

Lures: It would be very difficult to name all the different types of fishing.  Here are 10 lures that I recommend for different types of fish.
1- The white Spinnerbait Strike King (bass and pike)
2- The yellow perch color Glass Shad Rap (bass, walleye and pike)
3- The blue Rapala J05 (for all species)
4- The yellow and red Syclops S1 (trout and pike)
5- The Power tube camo (for all species)
6- The brown Minnow Grub 2 inches Gulp (For all species)
7- The worm harness Lindy Rig (walleye, trout and tilefish)
8- The froggy color Skitter Pop (bass, muskellunge and pike)
9- The silver on silver Aglia BT13 (for all species)
10- The electrical blue Williams Wabler (Salmonidae)
Good fishing.
Patrick Campeau
Professional fisherman





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