As a fishing beginner fresh after the exam you usually ask yourself: which rod is the right one for me and what equipment and accessories do I need to start fishing. Since at the beginning of the angling career there are often many purchases, the budget is perhaps also tight for some people. One thing in advance: you don’t need to invest that much to land your first fish well equipped. This guide is intended to show the novice angler what he really needs as an angler and what is superfluous. Almost everything about fishing equipment is more or less for convenience and is not absolutely necessary.
That can cost a complete fishing equipment for beginners
Depending on your requirements you can get your rod, line and reel for about 100€. Another 100-150€ devour fishing accessories, such as important small parts: hook, swivel, lead, float and similar. A landing net should also be included. Of course you can invest only 100€ for everything necessary, but that would be a bit tight and the frustration can quickly be very big. Who buys too cheap, buys twice is unfortunately the well-known rule. A jammed reel brake or a rod with which you can cast badly can quickly spoil your fishing fun.
If you want to spend more or know exactly what you want.
There are several approaches for the angler who already knows which fish he’s after. Here you can spend a little more. Tests and market overviews can be found in the menu above or in other guide articles.
Spinning, posing or bottom fishing equipment?
Not all fishing rods are the same! Every rod has a different use, even if there are rods that are more allround. First and foremost it is the basic characteristics such as length, casting weight and rod action that determine what a rod is best suited for.
- If you want to know more, I recommend the article about rod characteristics. There everything about rods is explained in detail.
You don’t have to decide right at the beginning of your hobby which fishing technique you prefer. Most anglers want to go straight to spin fishing after passing their fishing exams, because this is of course the more active way of fishing.
Spinning rods are usually a bit more expensive than rods designed for sitting on the ground or with a pose rod. Spinning rods are mainly lighter but not necessarily weaker. Of course, other fishing techniques can also be carried out with a spinning rod. Conversely, spinning with a heavy carp rod is only fun for a few casts, after which the rod simply becomes too heavy and unwieldy.
For fishing with the pose, longer and softer rods are preferable, so that long montages can still be cast well. Longer spinning rods are also very suitable here as long as you don’t choose a model that is too hard.
- So with a spinning rod you are relatively flexible as an allrounder
Unfortunately there is no all around happy combo, but you have to decide at least if you want a heavier or lighter combo. If you want to fish for carp or pike on the river or even with feed baskets, you should rather go for the heavy combo.
If you want to fish on lakes or still waters or on smaller rivers with weak currents, a lighter rod up to 40 or 50g is often enough. If you first fish a lot for perch or trout, you can go down to a casting weight of 25 to 30g. In general, shore anglers should also use rods from 2.7m or 3m upwards. Such longer rods allow for more casts and at the same time have better twisting properties.
In Fish and Catch there was always the 100€ action (see video), with which a certain fish must be caught with equipment for just this price. The video clearly shows that a rod with a casting weight of up to 50 grams can stand up to even strong carp in a slow flowing river. A note about the video – a landing net, knives etc. are not included in the 100€ and the small parts are only for this day. My tips further down in the article assume that you need more small parts than just for one day. One more comment on the video: I find it a bit critical in such a weedy water as fishing for carp with a 25` monofilament line but the guys from the F&F must know that already.
The ideal beginner rod
For me the ideal beginner rod for the all-round angler has the following characteristics:
- The tip should be a little softer, because it serves as a clear bite indicator and forgives mistakes in the fight. With the most common fishing methods, you may only have minor restrictions when jigging with rubber fish.
- A length of 2.4 to 3 m is ideal for shore anglers
- The weight of the cast depends on the size of the lure and the main waters to be fished
- Whether cork or sponge rubber grip is a matter of taste
- The transport size also plays a role of course
Telescope or rod?
I definitely recommend a pole. You have the disadvantage during transport (watch out for the car door!), but action, robustness and feeling for fishing are much better with a pole. However, telescopic rods are sufficient and often more practical for simple bottom fishing or fishing with the pose. A large overview of telerods also with all advantages and disadvantages can be found here.
The fishing reel
The reel must wind the line cleanly and evenly and have a good starting brake. A reel that winds badly tends to cast wigs. The reel should also be very smooth and the crank handle should have no play when the counter screw is tightened. The reel size for the light combo should be a 2000 or 3000 reel and for the heavy combo a 4000 to 5000 reel, especially if you want to fish for carp. In the latter case I would go for a freewheel reel >>.
Small information about reel size: some manufacturers call their models in a series 210, 220, 230 etc. then the 210 reel is a 1000 reel and so on.
A big overview of spinning reels that are good>> I have created here.
Usually a monofilament line is sufficient as a line, because it is much cheaper. Expensive branded lines are not necessarily better than cheap ones, as long as you don’t go for the really expensive brands like Stroft, but then you can also buy a good braided line from the money. Only if you want to start with a rubber fish at the jigging head or if you need extreme casting distances on your water, you should use braided lines from the beginning. So you are well advised with a 25` mono for the light combo or a 35` mono for the heavy combo.
- My tip are the Shimano Technium lines, they are in the middle of the range in price (Link to the test>>)
- I also have a big test on braided lines on the page >>
Landing nets and landing aids
The bigger the landing net, the more comfortable it is for landing fish. My recommendation is to invest a little more if possible. The fish should also not just fit into the landing net, but should fit through the opening without problems. An overview of allround and special landing nets can be found here on Angeltests.de >>. Personally I am very satisfied with the Cormoran Ultrastrong landing net and the Bärenstark model from DAM is recommendable.
Ready made sets
Most of the ready made sets I am not very enthusiastic about. First of all, in order to achieve an attractive mass of “parts”, a lot of cheap scrap is put in, which looks tempting, but is often not very good. It’s better to get some decent advice in a fishing shop or look around the internet to find what you really need. That’s what this article here is meant for.
The ready-made fishing sets at discount stores are usually not so bad. At least the rods and reels are completely OK for beginners. The small parts boxes, on the other hand, I have already bought, but I didn’t really like them.
The recommendation: Rods and reel combos for spin fishing and sitting
As mentioned above, I recommend a spinning rod for the flexible angler to start his fishing life, because it allows for bottom, pose and of course spin fishing. These are simply suggestions of solid rods, from the cheaper price segment, which I also recommend in other articles and consider to be particularly beginner-friendly.
The medium combo
In the table below you will find monofilament line, of course the braided line is also very suitable, especially if you want to go spin fishing primarily. The Combo is actually suitable for everything except casting very light spinning lures or fishing for catfish, big pike or carp.
The heavy combo
Both combo’s are around 100-130€ and therefore rather cheap but simply good.
The most important small parts and other fishing accessories
Here you will find a list of the most important fishing accessories so that you can see what you need to start fishing. There are also a few tips so that you can make the right decision.
- Fishing hooks are the most important part of fishing, besides the line, because without them there is no fish. But if you buy the hooks separately you have the advantage of being able to determine the quality and type of hook exactly and to choose the strength of the leader as well. If you are fishing with maggots and other lures that run out easily, thin-stranded hooks are recommended, otherwise thicker-stranded hooks that don’t bend up so quickly are good.
- Hook release – to be able to release the hook from the fish, especially if you want or even have to reset it, a hook release is mandatory. For small fish, small plastic hook removers are recommended. For predatory fish and larger fish, artery clamps are the best! With the simple hook loosener, the line is threaded into one of the slots and then the hook loosener is inserted into the fish’s mouth to release the hook backwards.
- Swivel – Prevents twisting of the line when the bait is twisted by the current or when the line is pulled in. This twist is transferred to the main line and wigs are the result. I use either quality Spro swivels or cheaper models like these barrel swivels, which are hardly worse than Spro’s but are all the cheaper.
- Knives – partly required by law! A knife makes it easy to cut the line, to make a rod stand and of course to kill fish properly. I personally prefer a filleting knife.
- Rod holder – important for raised hide fishing. It is best to always align rod holder, rod and line in one line so that the fish feels little resistance. A rod pod is practical, but a good one costs money. For a start, threaded rod holders will do just fine. There you can also screw in an electronic bite indicator (the cheap ones do it for now).
- Floats – for flowing waters thicker models are more suitable, while for lakes finer and thinner models are used.
- Lead – a lead shot box should always be with you. Also a selection of lead weights for different situations. I like to use Tiroler Hölzl, because they hardly produce any hangers on stony waters and do not sink completely in muddy lakes. Of course a feeding basket can also serve as a weight.
- Lures – having a few spinners or spoons in the box never hurts. Just like a few rubber fish or 1-2 wobblers. But the choice is too big for me to give any tips here.
Suggestions for cheap equipment on all the important
I hope I could give you one or two tips when putting together your first fishing equipment. For questions, comments and feedback I am always open to use the comment function!