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Different Types of Fishing Supplies

10/7/2013 8:13:42 AM | by Anonymous

Fishing Supplies

Fishing has been practiced by our ancient ancestors as a way to obtain food to survive. Today, fishing has developed into a large commercial industry. The fishing supplies used today has also evolved from spears to the modern fishing supplies we have today.


Fishing supplies are also known as fishing tackle. Fishing supplies include any gear or equipment that is used for fishing purposes. A few examples of fishing supplies would be: spears, rods, hooks, lines, baits and sinkers. Fishing supplies that are attached to the end of a line is also referred to as terminal tackle. One example would be a hook. Fishing tackle on the other hand refers to the physical equipment used when fishing.


Types of fishing supplies


The first item would be the hook. The earliest hooks were either made out of bones or stones. The hook is a piece of equipment that is used to catch the fish by piercing through the fish’s mouth. In some cases, the hooks may get caught on the fish’s body as well. The hook is usually attached to some sort of line. Depending on the type of fish the fisherman wishes to catch, there are a wide range of hooks varying in size, shape, material and design. The fish hooks are also able to hold different kinds of baits to lure the fish to bite the hook.


The next type of fishing supplies would be a fishing line, which is a cord that is used for fishing. The first type of fishing lines has been made from either leaves or plants. Later on, the lines have been made from animal hair or threads. Modern lines are made from stronger materials such as polyethylene and nylon. Fishermen used monofilament, which is a made of one strand, because monofilament is able to stretch under a load and it is also buoyant. The important factors of a fishing line are its weight, strength, material, length, resistance, flexibility and visibility. These factors determine how the fisherman chooses the line depending on the environment.


The next type of fishing supplies is the sinker, which is also known as a plummet. A sinker is weight that is used to sink the bait and the hook so that the distance that it is cast will be increased. Normally, sinkers are made out of lead. The shape and size of the sinker does not matter as its purpose is just to sink the bait and hook. Another type of sinker would be the swivel sinker, where swivels are attached to the end of the line. This is a better alternative as they are able to prevent the lines from tangling and twisting. However, in some countries, sinkers are banned as they may cause lead poisoning.

Another type of fishing supply would be a fishing rod. A fishing rod is a flexible and long rod that has the line and hook attached to it. Early versions of fishing rods were made out of materials such as bamboo, ash wood or reed. Modern rods are advanced tools that usually come with a fishing reel. They can either be made out of carbon fibre or fibre glass. Fishing reels often come together with fishing rods and they are used to retract the line or extend the line.


Another type of fishing supply would be baits. There are two types of baits, artificial and natural. Natural baits can either be dead or alive. Some examples of natural baits are small fishes, frogs, worms, leeches and insects. Different kinds of baits may be more suitable for different types of fish. Natural baits are good as they present a lifelike color, odor and texture. Artificial baits are used to lure the fish with baits that are made up of materials such as plastic. The good thing with artificial baits is that they can be reused unlike natural baits, which can only be used once.


Thanks to the many types of different fishing supplies available today, fishermen are able to effectively catch fish. This means that we are also able to enjoy consuming the variety of fishes that the ocean has to offer us.

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