According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the expression tackle has been used for signifying any device or apparatus for catching fish. The phrase “fishing tackle” has been in used since the XIV century, more precisely, and according to the same source, the Online Etymology Dictionary, since 1398.
is can be described as fishing gear. But fishing gear is an expression more widely employed for commercial fishing, which is why spare time fishermen refer to their “tackle” so much and refrain from using the word “gear”.
Fishing tackle is basically all the stuff, all the tools, needed for an angler to seize a bass, a carp, a salmon or any kind of fish or sea food, for that matter. By tools or equipment we mean objects like rods, lines, hooks, weights, floaters and the containers that are used to pack all your angling or fly fishing objects.
One of the reasons fishing can be an easy hobby to take up, is because, if you are a beginner, the equipment or tackle used can be very affordable and basic and you can find it just about anywhere; very different from taking up golfing, yacht or car racing, or even polo or tennis. By the way, did you know that there are more anglers than there are tennis players and people who play golf combined?
When deciding on where to get your tackle, though, don’t go for the sophisticated tackle shop strategically set in front of the river or near the beach where all fishermen usually go. Tackle there will probably be pricier than in a regular shop. Here, as in everything in life, be smart and don’t be fooled by the glitz and glitter of places like that. Your main point is to actually have fun fishing not exactly to impress your fellow anglers.
Do remember that sport fishing accessories can be bought online for discount fees. They are originally bought at wholesale prices, so online shops can offer you low-cost fishing equipment at a reasonable price, be it for fly fishing or sea fishing tackle, or for more specific angling, such as carp or pike. What you should always take into account is that the fish won’t mind exactly how much you really paid for your tackle. You, on the other hand, will love to catch them for an affordable fee.