Having the right gear is key to a successful fishing trip. Among the many factors to consider when choosing fishing gear are where and how you'll fish, the type of fish you intend to catch and where you'll cast your line.
If you're planning to fish on a boat, it's useful to have a trolling motor, which keeps the boat at a minimal speed so that the fish and their environment aren't disturbed. Different types of fishing gear are appropriate for creek fishing, lake fishing, ocean fishing and fly fishing.
The gear you need will also vary based on the catch. Larger fish, for example, require a stronger fishing rod, a heavier gague of fishing line and a larger hook. Each type of fish will require a specific bait and a specific lure. It's a good idea to purchase bait, lures and hooks for a variety of species.
Finally, consider where you'll cast your line. If you're fishing a lake with a lot of debris or visible algae, you'll need a fast-acting reel, such as a spinning, open-face design, to allow you to make corrections quickly. You'll also need different gear depending on whether you're fishing from the shore or a boat.