Fishing Equipment and Bait

For many anglers, selecting, organizing and using fishing equipment is almost as fun and interesting as actually catching fish. The many types of bait and lures, the different fishing rigs and kinds of tackle, the various fishing rods and reels – it's a huge part of what makes fishing such a great pastime and hobby. Some anglers like to experiment with new fishing equipment. Others stick to their tried-and-true favorites. Whatever your approach, the equipment you use will play a big part in your success.

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Natural Bait. Leeches, grubs, dough-balls, meal worms and more: there are a wide variety of bait types to lure fish. Learn more about  freshwater baits or  saltwater fishing bait.

Fishing Lures, Rigs and Tackle. If your bait isn't natural, it's a lure, and lures have some really great names: poppers, spinners, jigs, blades, plugs and spoons. Learn more about  freshwater fishing lures and tackle or  saltwater fishing lures and tackle.

Fishing Rods. Whether you are spinning, bait-casting, surf or fly-fishing, there are many types of fishing rods that you should know about. Learn more about  freshwater fishing rods,  saltwater fishing rods or  fly fishing rods.

Fishing Reels. Are you a beginner or more advanced? Casting long distance? Using a light or a heavy lure? Matching the right reel to the right rod can help you become a better angler. Learn more about   freshwater fishing reels,  saltwater fishing reels or  fly fishing reels.