While lake fishing can be a fun and relaxing activity, you need to get the basics right in order to make sure you achieve this goal. If you do not pay attention to these elements, you are only going to be having a nerve-wracking and annoying time, not exactly the kind of feelings you want to evoke. Whether you are a beginner or just someone who wants to learn the ropes of the trade to perfection, here is how to set up a fishing rod for lake fishing so that you can have a gala time every time you indulge in it. You can also read our guide to different types of fishing rods here.
Requirements to make a fishing rod
While you need to have a box that makes it easy to carry all of your tools, there are a few essentials you need to carry in it.
- A-Rod is basically a slim and long flexible pole made from graphite which helps you fish in the first place.
- A fishing line is mainly the string that should be chosen based on the strength and weight of the fishing line.
- A reel is linked to the rod and makes it easier to catch your fish. You need to make sure your reel has a minimum of 100 yards of fishing line.
- Hooks ensure you can seamlessly catch various sizes of fish.
- A swivel connects the bait to the line.
- Sliders ensure the fish do not feel the weight when they fall for the bait.
- Floaters ensure the bait is kept closer to the surface.
- Baits are tied to the end of the line so that fish can fall prey to them.
Setting up a fishing rod
Take the fishing rod and from the far end, take the fishing line and run it through the rod’s holes till you reach the reel. Then open the reel and check the spool of the bail on the spinning reel and open it. Tying the line to it with a knot and then another one over it, pull them both against the reel. Then close out the bail by lowering the wire arm to its maximum extent. Wrap the fishing line in the spool that your bail is moving towards till about an eighth of an inch gap between the lien and the outside edge of the spool exists. Then pass the remaining line through the hole on the cover of the reed. Put the cover cap on the reel, cut the line and tie it onto a snap swivel with a knot.
Following this, all you have to do is take your hook and leader so that you can connect them to the other hand of the swivel. Fix your slider to a floater/sinker and then finally decide on the best bait that is sure to lure in the fish. Once you do this, hook your bait in place and voila! You are all set to go lake fishing and begin an all-new adventure as long as you have the patience for it that is.
Fishing is more than just a hobby for me—it’s my obsession. I was born into a family of fishers and have carried on that tradition almost every day of my life. From Denmark to Thailand, the Bahamas, and more, I’ve gotten a chance to see the world because of fishing. I currently live in Thailand and run FishingKris where I post tips, tricks, and guides to help ordinary people fish better, and have a more fun time out on the water.