Thinking about buying your own tackle? If so, you have two choices: pay a little extra and shop at a fishing specialty store with the help of professionals, or save a few bucks and go it alone at discount department stores or through fishing tackle direct-mail catalogs. Either way, the most important purchase you make will be your rod and reel.
For beginners, spin-casting equipment is the easiest to operate and causes the least problems. A spin-casting reel spooled with 6 -, 8 - or 10 -pound test line and mounted on a light- to medium-action 5 1 /2 - to 6 -foot casting rod will work well for most types of Ohio fishing. Rod and reel combinations, already spooled with quality line, can be purchased pre-packaged. More experienced anglers may prefer spinning or baitcasting tackle.
Next, you will need hooks, sinkers (weights), and bobbers (floats). Hooks and sinkers can be purchased in variety packs that include many sizes and styles. When purchasing bobbers, keep in mind that smaller tends to be better. The amount of resistance a fish feels on the line when taking a bait is directly related to the size of the bobber.
More experienced anglers may enjoy trying to catch fish on artificial lures. Smaller baits are attractive to more kinds and sizes of fish, so choose lures in the 1/8- to 1/4-ounce size range. Also, choose colors that mimic what the bait is supposed to imitate. For example, if the lure is a minnow imitation, either silver or gold would be a good color choice. Finally, remember that some lures are made to catch fishermen rather than fish. If you don’t know the difference, ask a knowledgeable angler before you buy.