Fishing Spinning Gear – What Size Outfit

To many anglers and sportspeople fishing is not just a sport.  It is a passion.  Some of the enthusiasts are professional anglers – yet others stay in the ranks of amateurs.  Indeed some of these couple times a year on the water types seem never able to inch their ways up the fishing derby prize ladders. Yet no matter at what level and expertise the angler is there always seems to be confusion and misconceptions concerning what size fishing hardware outfit to go out on their trips and expeditions.  Simply put spinning gear for the sport comes in four basic weights. These are in order – heavy, medium, light and ultra-light weight groupings.

What Size Fishing Outfit to Pick:

What weight of fishing outfit you and your buddies choose essentially depends on what species and sizes of those monsters you are gaming for and next your style of the sport.  In each case, matching the proper rod action, reel capability and capabilities, line and lure sizes are vital if you want to land those “big ones”- trophy sized specimens.

Heavy Action:

“Heavy action” spinning outfits are meant to handle the toughest and strongest (read heaviest) juggernauts on the line.  Fish for example – large carp and Manitoba Red River channel catfish, Canadian “Muskies’ and Jackfish. Add also to this listing large Salmon fishes.  The basic attributes to these rods are that they are stout with a lot of “backbone”.  The reels can be said to be set up with reduced sizes and being allotted line “sizes” of 20 lb weight and up.

Medium Action:

In addition to medium action spinning outfits another option for big fish are “medium size outfits”.  Yet using these setups the angler or sports fisherman must exercise much greater care during the landing battle, than with the heavier rigs.  These rigs – both their rod and line simply can not take as much grueling punishment and torment.  Medium gear is best suited for large bass such as you might find at Lockport or Selkirk, catfish, trout, pike, walleye (pickerel) and other species. Line filament size is 8 to 17 lbs weight. Lastly some rods marketed commercially in tackle sports departments as “medium duty” can be said by highly experienced pros to be the best choice overall for the upper range and ranges of lines.

Light Gear:

“Light-gear” can be said to be terrific for getting the most out of a solitary fish on the line or schools of fish.  Heavier lines function overall to dampen both the battle and the feel that works it way up the line. Higher weight and thicker fishing wires telegraph little of the lunges and runs that these targets create in their efforts to escape the catch. Yet using more lightweight rigs and lines allow anglers to experience more thrills and chills. Light units work the best when matched up with thinner filaments in the ranges of 4 to 8 lbs.

Ultralight Tackle:

Finally for real purists trying out ultra-light tackle a 12-inch smallmouth bass will make that minnow feel like a virtual “whale”. A different stroke for different folks is the refrain. Some want overkill with oversize and overweighed rigs.  Others on the waterfront or boat are in for the battle as compared to a sedate day on the water.  Others feel that the fish on the line should be given a “sporting chance”.  These are the reasons for the lure and attraction and the great increase in popularity of ultra-light weight rigs as we see now-a-days in 2012. There is no doubt about it.  There is tremendously much more interest, than was the case years ago, in super-light-weight rods, reels and lines. These reels are loaded with ultra lean 2 to 4 pound test lines. Drag ratios are finely set.  A sportscaster can cast and reel-in all day long with little effort and fatigue overall.  Coupling is usually with small, light lures. Target species that ultra-light weights are just perfect for are panfish, stream trout and even bass.

Conclusion: It’s Where You Fish & What You Fish For:

At the end of the day and your fishing trip or weekend it can said that no one is right or wrong in their fishing tackle sizes and weight type choices. What is a poor choice or even inappropriate one day or one fishing hole might be the wisest choice come next weekend or next vacation fishing event or tournament. Yet all that matters in the end is who and what team lands the biggest trophy whopper at the end of the day.

Gimlim Ashern

Ashern lives to fish. Spring , summer or ice-fishing on Manitoba’s lakes its one big vacation to him.  Yets its Walleye fishing that drives his passion and passions always looking for that master angler award. As Gimlim loves to say “my old Icelandic uncle Einer used to tell me if you want to catch fish you have to think like one”

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