Fishing is a fun sport that requires skill and patience. There are casual fishermen, professional fishermen, and those who use fishing as a way to provide a living for themselves and their families. No matter what kind of fishermen you are, you will need different types of fishing equipment to get the job done. The most common types are the fishing rod and reel. These two items are the single most important item in anyone's arsenal. The rod is the long extended part of the fishing equipment, and the reel is what holds the fishing line and allows you to cast out to catch the fish. The rod and reel can vary in size, length, material, and cost. Various types of bait can be used along with hooks and lures. The lures are designed to attract the fish to your bait. They can be handmade or pre-made to suit your tastes. Other types of fishing equipment include different accessories such as a tackle box that helps organize hooks, lures, and other items. For the more distinguished or experienced fisherman, there are more advanced forms of fishing equipment available.
People who own a boat often use something called a fishing tracker to help them locate areas where fish are plentiful. This electronic device can be helpful when trying to find areas of a lake or the ocean where the fish dwell. When attached to a boat, the locator will sound an alarm or indicate on a small screen when fish have been found. A bucket and a cooler are also necessities when fishing. The bucket should be large enough to hold plenty of water to keep your catch fresh, and to house several fish at one time. Once you're heading home, the fish can be placed in a cooler on ice so they won't spoil. A good, sharp knife is also important for cutting the line once a fish has been caught, or if your line gets tangled. Rubber shoes and pants such as hip waders can be good for people who plan to get a bit wet. Specially designed fishing hats are also good for holding lures and protecting the face from sunburn. Most fishing equipment can be found at sporting goods stores, or at local bait and tackle shops. Some hunting supply stores also have fishing equipment. You can dig up your own live bait, or buy it at stores where it is often sold live. Some examples of bait include worms, minnows, squid, and even raw chicken.