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Here are a few questions you can use to assess your guide or instructor:Was the person well prepared?Did they provide a good lunch and snacks?Was conversation interesting?How hard did he/she work for you?

What are the different types of fishing rod guides?

Rod guides can be split into two different categories across all fishing rod types and these include tip top guides and main rod guides. Tip-top guides are the final guide that sits on the top of your rod and they are made a little differently from the main rod guides.

What should you look for when choosing a fishing charter?

Check if they have it and what it covers. It will give you peace of mind and help you learn about the captain. You’ve chosen the trip, narrowed down your options, and talked things through with the captain. Time to choose a fishing charter and book it!

How do I choose a fishing rod?

Obviously, action has a major influence on the way you handle your rod as well as what kind of fish you’ll be able to land with it. The three main rod actions you want to know are: Fast action rods bend at the uppermost part, right below the tip. They’re sensitive to the lightest of nibbles, sending vibrations straight to your hand.

What are trolling guides?

Trolling guides are a form of double foot guides but they are built with reinforcements on their frame to ensure they can handle the larger species one catches when trolling. Roller guides are also used on trolling rods but usually only on the rod intended for big game fishing.

Why is it important to match your rod to your fishing rod?

Here’s why. Rod length has a big impact on how far you can cast. Longer rods typically make for longer casts, but they’re a lot harder to maneuver.

What is the IM6 on graphite rods?

If you ever looked at a graphite rod, you probably noticed those IM6, IM7, and IM8 markers. These are identifiers for different degrees of stiffness, a.k.a. modulus. The higher the modulus, the stiffer the material. In other words, with a stiffer graphite, a manufacturer can use less material to achieve the same stiffness. What that means for you is a lighter rod.

What are fishing rods made of?

Fishing rods are made out of fiberglass, graphite or composite (a mixture of the two). Rod materials have a huge impact on performance, so knowing which one to choose will have a massive effect on your fishing success. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each type.

What rods work well with worms?

Speaking of hooks, fast action rods work well with single hooks, and worms as well as large jigs. Thanks to their fast moving tips and strong backbones, fast action rods are great for pulling fish out of heavy cover.

Why are small lures used?

Why small lures? Because unlike the fast-setting heavy action rods, slow action rods need time to lodge the hook inside a fish’s mouth. Treble hooks work particularly well in these situations, because their small tips require less pressure to penetrate the fish. Other fast moving lures like spinners and rattle baits are good choices, too.

Why are composite rods so popular?

Because they’re so versatile, composite rods are a great choice if you’re used to fishing a variety of different waters. As you’d expect, composite rods are the most expensive variety out there. There’s no denying that they get the fish aboard, it’s just a matter of if the extra cost is worth it for you.

How many guides does a 7′ rod have?

The second thing you should pay attention to is the number of guides. For example, a 7’ rod can have anywhere from 6–9 guides. As a rule of thumb, the more guides a rod has, the better. More guides will distribute stress on the line and rod more evenly, and allow you to cast with more precision.

What is a fishing charter?

To put it simply, a fishing charter is a trip run by an experienced captain or guide, often with additional crew members, on a private vessel. The main point of these charters is to introduce guests to fishing, or to take them out to a specific fishery to target certain species.

How deep is deep sea fishing?

Finally, there’s deep sea fishing, also often known as big game fishing. Many offshore fishing trips can include deep sea fishing, but the main difference between the two is the depths of the waters you’ll be casting a line in. Deep sea fishing charters usually take you to waters at least 100 feet deep, with 300+ feet being very common. You’ll also usually be fishing on a much bigger boat, with heavier tackle.

How long does a deep sea fishing charter last?

As you’ll be fishing in extremely deep waters, sometimes around underwater canyons, it’s common for these types of charters to last for at least a full day. Depending on where you decide to fish, overnight trips are often the best way to make sure you get the most out of your deep sea fishing trip.

What is it called when you travel from shore to the reef?

Trips that take place around local reefs and wrecks and involve some traveling are known as nearshore trips. The exact distance you’ll be traveling from shore differs depending on where you’re fishing, but your attention will be focused on targeting delicious, easy-to-catch bottom fish.

How deep is the water in a fishing boat?

Offshore fishing usually takes place in waters at least 9 miles from shore, reaching depths from 50 feet to a couple of hundred feet.

Where do inshore fishing trips take place?

It’s not just about sea fishing, either. Many inshore fishing trips take place in shallow bays, mangroves, or brackish rivers.

What to know before booking a fishing trip?

More than anything, it’s the captain that makes the trip. That’s why it makes sense to “get to know” them before you book. Find out how long they’ve been in business. If they’re new, how long have they been fishing in the area? Are they local? An experienced guide can be the difference between a good day out and the trip of a lifetime.

What are the different types of fishing reels?

The first big subject to understand is that there are three main types of fishing reel to choose from when we’re tackling the main saltwater and freshwater species; spinning reels, conventional reels and baitcaster models. Let’s run through each one and what they’re suitable for as choosing the category of reel to look at is the first task when equipping yourself with a new model.

What is a spinning reel?

A spinning reel is by far the most common reel in use and consists of a stationary spool with line wound onto the spool by a rotating wire arm via a turn of the handle. The reel sits under the rod and most have handles that can be easily changed from left to right-hand wind operation, which is a factor to consider if you favor winding with your left hand as most other reel types come with right-hand-wind as standard.

How much does a spinning reel cost?

They’re also a doddle to maintain or detangle and can be purchased for anything from $10 to $1,000-plus. Generally, spinning reels are useful for any sort of light to heavy fishing with the exclusion of targeting saltwater big fish such as game species or freshwater giants like alligator gar, huge catfish or sturgeon, for example.

What is baitcasting reel?

A baitcasting reel is similar to a conventional reel in that it sits above the rod and retrieves line in the same way, but it has a lower profile and is generally more suited to light freshwater applications, such as lure fishing for bass. They’re a little harder to cast compared to a spinning reel and are more likely to tangle, but they’re light and, in the hands of someone with a bit of experience, effective and satisfying to use.

What is the difference between saltwater and freshwater reels?

The main differences between a reel made for saltwater or freshwater use, are usually the corrosion-resistant materials utilised and extra attention paid to sealing the reel as much as possible against saltwater intrusion into the mechanisms of the reel. Without these features, a reel will quickly rust and become useless after saltwater use, making you wish you’d spent a bit extra on getting a saltwater-suitable model in the first place.

How does a reel work?

Conventional reels sit above the rod and operate as a cylindrical spool that winds line back onto the spool when the handle is cranked. A button or lever activates freespool to let line out and most come with a built-in clicker that helps alert the angler to a bite when the fish takes line.

How to prolong the life of a fishing reel?

Properly washing a reel in warm freshwater with a mild detergent and use of a corrosion-resisting lubricant spray like Corrosion X will prolong the life of any reel. Freshwater anglers would do well to wash their reels regularly in clean water and use a suitable lubricant and oil to maximise their smooth operation, too.