A fisherman is only as good as his gear. At least, that’s what we’re told. Skills develop independent of the equipment we use, but the best anglers use the best equipment to give themselves as edge.
Fortunately for you, I’ve fished enough that I can save you thousands of dollars and heartbreak of not having gear suited to a task. I’ve broken down exactly what you should consider by species or species group. My own gear is sorted by species, and I find it immensely helpful.
I fish for a lot of species, and I recommend the following products for other anglers. I’ve used dozens of rods, reels, and lines over the years, but these are my go-to products for multiple uses. These will work in fresh and salt water for most small- and medium-sized fish. Everything I use has been pushed to the extreme and bears my stamp of approval.
My First Choice: Berkley IronSilk – 12 lb
My First Choice: Ego S2 Slider 22-Inch Landing Net
Retractable 5′ Cloth Tape Measure — Cloth doesn’t rust, so you can clean it after measuring a fish and reuse it much longer than metal tapes. Plus, it doesn’t have hard, sharp edges that cut fish during girth measurements.
Berkley 50-lb Digital Scale — Better digital scales exist, but this scale is accurate enough to be IGFA-Certified, lightweight, and relatively inexpensive.
Ceramic Scissors — Unlike metal scissors, ceramic scissors cut through braid, don’t rust, and don’t cause problems in checked baggage.
This page will be added to until I have Pages for each of the bags pictured above. Specialize your gear selections here: