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Tackle

Tackle is all of the tools required by the angler, this includes the fishing rod, reels, hooks, line etc. Fishing tackle is big business and it can mean the difference of coming home with a fish or not.
Fibreglass vs. Graphite

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phite rods are normally thinner and therefore lighter, and with today's technology they are also much stronger. When the rod is under pressure and being bent while fighting a fish a graphite rod will return back to its normal shape quicker than a fibre glass rod. Having a graphite rod is an advantage when casting as it will flex more and then return to normal size. The length of a graphite rod will not affect its characteristics as it will still act the same and return to its original shape quicker. Something to mention that is very important is that a graphite rod is a conductor of electricity and therefore should not be used during a storm.

Rods are also made with graphite and fibreglass combined. These rods have the advantage of the fibreglass giving the strength and the graphite makes it lighter and more sensitive. For most anglers it is a good choice in terms of durability and price
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This is an example of a deep sea fishing rod and reel.

Reels

Open Faced - Fixed Spool Reel
(Coffee Grinder)


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This is a common reel that beginners and professional fishermen use. This rod makes casting light bait very easy and this makes it a favourite. It works by using gears and these when winded in will push the spool up and down which neatly places the incoming line on the spool.

Pen Reels
(Fixed Spool)


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This reel is normally used for fighting gamefish and can also be used for shore angling. The spool is fixed and the rod is held in a different style than with the coffee grinder. The Pen reel is used by more experienced anglers as it requires a certain amount of patience and know how to operate it effectively. One disadvantage is that when casting this reel seems to sometimes get knotted and this can ruin the whole days fishing.

With today's technology and different manufactures of this style of reel this might already be a thing of the past. For more information on these reels or a reel that will suite you I recommend that you speak to your local angler shop.


Lines

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When purchasing line, anglers are faced with a lot of choices. You need to look at where you are going to fish and what are you targeting. Answering these two important questions will help you in deciding what line will suit your need. You will need too look at aspects such as colour, durability, line diameter and breaking strength as well as knot strengths.

Tips when purchasing line:

Cheaper is not better, cheap line might snap at any point.
Cheap line will normally break well below the stated breaking strength and this can mean the difference of landing your catch or not. Rather buy a good brand of line that you can afford and trust. Line should be replaced every season in the case of a casual angler, and the more regularly in the case of a tournament angler.


Hooks

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Fishing hooks come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A general rule is that you judge the size hook you will need by the size of the fish you want to catch eg: to catch a Karanteen you will use a fairly small hook.

Tip: Keep a small file in your tackle bag and regularly check the sharpness of your hooks. Remember that a sharp hook will improve your hook ups as you will have less chance of losing the fish.


Tackle Boxes
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This is a perfect example of a well organized tackle bag. It is essential to be organized while fishing. If you need to hook up live bait you must have that trace ready and so it will be quick and your bait will be ready. In the picture above you can see the clear tackle organisers and these are vital if you want to have a fun and enjoyable fishing experience. Try to only carry what is essential as many anglers take far more tackle than what is needed.

Gaffs

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Whether you fishing from a boat of from the rocks it helps to have a gaff on hand. On a game fishing outing it is a good idea to have a selection of gaffs that include a short and long gaff.

When gaffing a fish from the boat it is best to gaff the fish in the back, behind the head as this will be stringer than gaffing in the belly which will tear out.

Tip: Never be over hasty to gaff a fish. If the angler asks you to gaff the fish it is better to wait and only when the fish is in proper reach then gaff it, do not take chances. Many record fish have been lost when a gaff was inserted and then fish managed to get it off, because the fish becomes boat shy and will not come near the boat again. 


Good luck and remember to respect the sea and its creatures!


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