No matter what type of fishing you decide to do, selecting the right equipment for the task is most important. Sport fishing is an activity that deals with catching fish in both freshwater and saltwater venues. Therefore, your personal equipment needs to fit the particular style of fishing that’s being done. Before choosing your equipment, ask yourself a few basic questions such as, “Where do I plan to use it?” and “What species of fish do I want to fish for?” Once you have answered those questions, you can begin gathering your gear. If you’re not sure how to answer these questions yourself, don’t hesitate to ask the advice of an experienced fisherman. Fishing requires a large amount of technical knowledge, especially in the areas of choosing the right equipment. First, you need a rod and reel, fishing line, and bait. Although some fishing tackle manufacturers may believe all rod and reels are made for both freshwater and saltwater expeditions, some reels won’t hold up to the harshness of the saltwater environment, much less the aggressiveness of saltwater fish. In addition to personal fishing gear, there are other items to consider bringing on a fishing trip, such as polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, a fishing hat, rain jacket, extra clothes, and most importantly, a valid fishing license or permit. Unless you know exactly what you’re looking for in your equipment, shopping at a sporting goods store or specialty outfitter that provides sales assistance may be a good idea.