Tom Keiter: Hi! I am Tom Keiter with Take Me Fishing. Today I am going to speak with you about getting started fishing. Fishing is a sport that you could do of any age, whether you are an adult or a child. It's more than just catching a fish though; it's about spending time with friends and family in the outdoors. When you are ready to go and fish, first look for a local lake or a pond, see what kind of fish are in there, and if it's loaded with panfish, bluegill or crappie, you are in luck.
Here are few essentials that you will need to bring on your next outdoor adventure and you can find them all at your local tackle shop, or your sporting goods store. First you need a rod, and for kids a rod real combination makes the best sense. For adults a spinning rod and reel works best. It's important to choose a fishing rod that you can hold comfortably in one hand, but don't worry; there are plenty of affordable options out there for you.
Next, you are going to need some fishing line and for small panfish, anything under eight pound test will do. Next, you will need some hooks and weights, look for a combo package like this, or if you need to buy them individually, hook sizes between six and ten are perfect for small fish.
And while you are at it, pick up a package of split shots. Split shots are small BB sized weights that actually clip to your line. You will also need a plastic for a cord barbed wire; they clip very easily to your line and let you know when the fish are biting. Of course, you will need the most important thing to catch a fish, the bait. Live bait is best, so let's see if you have any worms in your backyard, if you plan to go fishing with artificial lures, simple soft plastic worms like with will work. You will need a pair of clippers to cut your line and it's a good idea to have a pair of pliers to help you safely take a hook out of the fish's mouth. Most fishermen will use a tackle box, but it's not necessary, a five gallon bucket works just as well to hold your gear and it also gives you a place to sit. And before you hit the water; be sure you have a fishing license. With all this great gear and a positive attitude, you are ready for a successful day on the water.