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What you need to know about fishing rod and reel combos

 

Most beginning anglers ask themselves whether or not it’s a good idea to invest in a rod and reel combination or choose to purchase these two components of their equipment separately. From my experience, I can say that none of these two ways of going about things is better than the other.

If you’re lucky enough to have a friend that can give you several pieces of advice in this sense, don’t hesitate to ask your fellow angler. The first thing you need to look at is the technique that you employ commonly. For example, some people prefer fly fishing because it requires a rather basic tackle and won’t be forcing you to spend a lot of money on a bunch of gear.

Baitcasting outfits tend to cost a pretty penny, but since they are mostly intended for experienced anglers, I would suggest staying away from them if you’re only starting out. Trolling outfits are characterized by a reel that’s mounted above the rod while spincasting setups call for reels that are easy to use so that no backlashes or snarling occurs.

Recently, some manufacturing brands have started to market their fishing poles and reels depending on the species that you can catch with them. There are series destined for crappie, others intended for bass, and some seriously heavy ones designed especially for tuna or marlin, for instance.

An all-around setup is hard to find because you will have to take some time to go through as many consumer reports as you possibly can. Plus, you have to consider the size of the rod and the material that it has been made out of. The same rule applies in the case of reels, as nothing beats a dependable material. With certain units, you may have to look at the gear ratio and the number of ball bearings, whereas with fly reels, you might not have to bother with such details.

I would say that it often comes down to your personal preferences, the waters you intend to fish in, as well as your expertise and the species you are trying to catch. If you have the budget, be sure to invest in some good-quality fishing clothing, as well as a nice pair of polarized glasses as they can save you from a lot of trouble and will help you see the fish in the water instead of squinting because of the glare.

Another advice I can give you is to avoid getting super cheap combos. It’s often that pricier options are worth their weight in gold as you’ll be able to utilize them for many seasons to come.

 

 

Things you need to know about invasive fish species

 

 

Back when I was a rookie in the art of angling, I heard some of my friends talk about invasive species. At the time, I had little to no idea what these meant and exactly what fish were catastrophic for the environment. In my narrowness, I couldn’t actually believe that introducing a new species in a habitat was a bad idea because resources were plentiful.

Unfortunately, the world has much changed over the last years, and that’s mostly because of the ever-growing needs of humans. Most of the fish you’re likely to buy from a store are farmed, which means that they inhabit an artificial habitat and are fed the food without having to ‘hunt’ for it as they would in the wild. As an angler, I find store-bought fish to be an appalling idea, but I have to be honest and say that not all people are either interested in the sport or have any place to go fish.

There’s a global database of invasive species you may want to check out if you’re interested in the topic. Most of the ones included in the list are insects and plants, but I’ve noticed some additions such as the Salmon trutta. If you are having trouble sifting through the data showcased on that particular site, I would recommend reading an article published on MNN.com. It deals with ten of the most damaging invasive species in the world.

The walking catfish is just one of such examples as it has managed to cause a damage of more than one million dollars. It mostly resides in ponds across Florida, but there might be high chances of it moving to different states in the future given that it is, above all, a resourceful fish that can feed on pretty much anything. On the one hand, it consumes the food that native species thrive on, and on the other, it even eats small fish and mollusks.

 

The Mosquitofish

A rather cute troublemaker is the mosquitofish. As its name suggests, this fish preys on mosquito larvae, and that’s why it’s so popular and acclaimed in Russia. It even has a monument dedicated to it in this country, if you can believe that. The problem is that mosquitofish don’t just eat the larvae mentioned above. They feed on anything from insects to zooplankton, so they might destroy the food sources for other species that have inhabited the ecosystem for hundreds and hundreds of years.

The largemouth bass, one of my personal friends, is another species you might know to be invasive. The legislation pertaining to targeting this fish is somewhat flexible because it is the main culprit for the decline of native frogs in the state of California.