The basic equipment for a fishing tour

Are you looking to get started in fishing? Perhaps you will have many questions related to fishing equipment, fishing rods, the basic equipment you require or even the different fishing areas where you can carry out this hobby through a tour fishing.

As part of this fishing guide for beginners, we will present you with the most important tips to get started in this activity that will allow you to get in touch with nature.

What does a basic equipment for a fishing tour include?

1.- Fishing rods

The first thing that every good fisherman should have is a good fishing rod since it is an essential element for said activity. Its material, ergonomics and the type of reel is something to take into account.

What are the rod models according to fishing?

  • Sea fishing rods —generally bottom fishing both on the coast or in the vicinity of a pier.
  • Rod for corrido fishing —or for large specimens in depth—.
  • Casting rods —spinning o surfcasting—.
  • Rigid classic cane.
  • Fly fishing rod. —surface, since it has a float—
  • Classic or bare rod — no rig needed

cane size

We know that size is always important, especially on a fishing tour. The size depends more on the type of fish to be caught than on your own height; especially since it must withstand the bite of the animal, its weight and its strength.

2.- Reels

The reel allows you to recover and deploy the line, although many beginners in fishing tend to use the same reel for all modalities, it is always best to select the reel according to the fishing technique to be used.

3.- Hooks

Another basic element for fishing is the hook. The small size hook works well as we are able to catch a wide range of fish. We must bear in mind that it is best to use a good and stainless hook so that its duration is greater.

4.- Line or fishing line

It is used to attach your hook or lure to your reel. Typically when you are just starting out, monofilament fishing line will work for most setups.

Keep everything simple with a clear line and make sure the thickness of the line is appropriate for the size of the fish you will be targeting.

  • Diameter: It is the first thing that we must take into account in case we need more or less thickness.
  • Memory: Ability of the thread to return to its original shape.
  • Elasticity: This depends on how deep you can fish.
  • Tangles or knots: The thicker, the more difficult to get tangled.
  • Resistance: Damage that can be caused to the line.

5.- Counterweights

Another of the important pieces for fishing is the counterweight, they are weighted pieces that are placed at the end of the line to sink the bait about 15 centimeters from the hook

6.- Buoys

The main function of this tool is to keep the bait in the place that we have launched it or, also, another of the functions of the buoy, is that it serves as a warning when the bite has been made since the buoy is going to move.

7.- Live bait

It is essential for the fish to bite. Live bait such as worms or fish is often the best option for your first few outings, especially for beginners, but you can also opt for artificial bait.

baits common for salt water:

  • Shrimp: For bottom fishing, if it is fresh dead shrimp, you can peel the shrimp or leave it in the shell.
  • Crab: Whitetail bream and red snapper follow hermit crabs and fiddler crabs if hooked by the body. 
  • Squid: You can buy dead squid for bottom fishing in saltwater.

Take care of the presentation of your baits and hooks: you have to offer the fish an attractive bite so that their desire to eat makes them bite our hook. Many times you will notice how changing the bait will achieve many more catches with the same conditions.

The best fishing tours for beginners

Mike's Fishing & Tours offers you, within its range of possibilities, a personalized fishing tour in Puerto Vallarta. This private package will allow you to enjoy 4 hours of fishing in the bay.

This tour is designed for light fishing. However, they also have options available for deep sea fish that include a tour between 8 and 10 am. It is also possible share the boat with another group of fishermen so that your money yields much more.

As additional information

Respect responsible fishing measures and the environment: this way you will never fall into problems due to illegalities and you will collaborate in the care of your environment and aquatic ecology.

Another of the important 'fishing tips' to know is that the fish usually feed at twilight, making dawn and dusk the most effective times for fishing.

And don't forget, fishing doesn't just mean catching fish! As experienced anglers will tell you, fishing is one of the best ways for families and friends to relax together, enjoy the great outdoors and learn new skills.