Fishing Gear Niles IL

Local resource for Fishing Gear in Niles. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to fishing gear, supplies, equipment and fishing reels, as well as advice and content on fishing stores and retail shops in your area.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(847) 779-8800
Village Crossing
Niles, IL
 
Northwestern Boys Soccer Camp
2230 Harrison St.
Evanston, IL
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(847) 577-1283
401 E. Palatine Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(847) 573-8240
Hawthorn Hills Fashion Square
Vernon Hills, IL
 
Village Bike Shoppe
(847) 965-7376
7007 West Dobson Street
Niles, IL
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(847) 730-7400
The Glen
Glenview, IL
 
Northwestern Girls Soccer Academy
(847) 467-5297
1501 Central St.
Evanston, IL
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(630) 351-0823
328 West Army Trail Rd
Bloomingdale, IL
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(847) 550-1527
21830 West Long Grove Rd.
Deer Park, IL
 
Sports Authority
(847) 967-7601
7233 W. Dempster
Niles, IL
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Buying Fishing Waders

Go figure that buying a pair of waders to fish with is going to be such a complex task, and take so much study time. They are nothing more than a pair of long boots to keep your feet dry right?

The reality is that there are so many new and old varieties that a little study is going to be in order to get the best pair with the things you want for your fishing trip.

Not that long ago, all waders were made of rubber, and although there was a huge difference in quality and construction, the bottom line was that they were rubber waders, came up to your chest and usually kept you dry.

Today’s market is a lot different. While rubber waders are still part of the market and still cost effective, they are the least favored material among fishermen because they weight you down, and not very comfortable.

Sir Francis Evolution Waders Sir Francis Evolution Waders

If you don’t fish often and they don’t get much use, the simple truth is that they will be your best bet because they are inexpensive and they do keep you dry.

The next out on the market was neoprene. Its that same material that you get in a wetsuit, its stretchy, it clings well, its lightweight and keeps you warm inside them… sometimes too warm.

Summertime in a super hot humid environment can be unbearably hot in neoprene, but they are middle of the road in pricing, they are fairly comfortable on a cooler day and they are lighter in weight and easier to move in, again, provided that you don’t have to walk a long distance in a hot environment.

If you’re in it for looks, they aren’t exactly haute couture if you’re not in the best physical shape, but if you can handle those limitations, and your budget is limited, then neoprene is the way to go at about 250-400 dollars.
You can find the middle of the road, or state of the art in Neoprene at Cabela’s Outdoors .

The last option that you have today are what are known as breathable waders, which are the newest and most innovative in waders and wader design.

These are the BMW of waders, featured in all the newest sports magazines, fishing guides and on every fishing show you’re going to see.

They are made from numerous new materials, that keep the water out, but permit your body heat and perspiration to escape the waders, and are the lightest and most comfortable of waders.

They aren’t nearly as snug as neoprene and they are in fact comfortable to walk in, even on a very warm day, and as wel...

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Gearing Up For Bowfishing

Bowfishing is making a huge comeback and is actually legal in most areas. Make sure that you check yours and provide yourself with the required licenses before you begin, but let me tell you that nothing beats bowfishing, particularly if your quarry is a huge alligator gar.

If you’re already a bow hunter, your normal bow for hunting should be just what you need, but you will also want to bear in mind that bowfishing can be hell on equipment so you might just want to consider getting a second one to use just for that..

The online auctions such as Ebay are just full of recurves and compounds that have seen better days but will work nicely for what you want.

For the average fish, a forty pound draw is going to be as much as you need, but perhaps a bit more for shark and gar, and things that weigh in a bit more.

For the most part, you’ll probably be shooting at carp type fish so choose accordingly.

Bowfishing Arrows Bowfishing Arrows

A decent arrow rest is the next order of business, and since fishing arrows are a good bit heavier they are going to need a more solid resting place than you’re using for hunting.

I’d suggest a specialized arrow rest like those you can find at Sully’s Bowfishing Stuff or Cabelas.

They are only going to cost you about ten- twenty dollars, but if you use your normal arrow rest, its going to be quite avidly beaten and cost about three times that to replace.

For a lot of years the standard arrows were made of fiberglass, but currently they are heavy carbon and cost about thirty dollars each including the arrow head.

The catch of a 10 hour bowfishing trip The catch of a 10 hour bowfishing trip

Frankly the fiberglass works nearly as well, cost about a third as much as the carbon ones and will take almost as much abuse as the more costly ones.

You’re going to need a reel to hold the line and help to dispense it.

This can be a large hoop, or a solid reel that you wrap manually, or you can select to bite in a bit deeper into the sport and ...

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Shark Fishing Gear

If you are going to stand a chance of catching one of the decent sized or bigger sharks, you’re going to need the right gear to do it.

The three main parts of the gear will be the same as with any other type fishing, with some changes of course to accomodate the bigger size and the bigger fight that you’re going to get.

Let’s assume for the sake of argument that we’re targeting sharks between 4 and 7 feet, and use this as the basis for our gearing.

Sharks of smaller than four feet can generally be landed with smaller stuff that you might use for surf fishing.

When you go to choose a shark rod, you have just two kinds to choose from. Spinning or bait cast.

A spinning rod will be a good choice if you plan on only using it a couple times a year, and it has the added advantage of being able to be used for either bait fish, or the shark fishing itself, and if you’re budget is a bit tighter its going to save you some money.

The only real down side to the spinning rod is that after hooking onto a couple bigger sharks, 5-6 feet, your drag is going into meltdown mode.

That being said, the 20 dollar spinner isn’t going to handle the fight that the shark can give you.
You’re probably looking at a 60-75 dollar investment to find a spinner reel that will handle the 400 yards of test line that you’re going to need, which will be 40 or 50 lb test.

When you go to find the rod, choose a heavy action one that is ten feet or more long, and will probably range between 70-90 dollars because thats what you’re going to need minimum to hook on and hang on.
This kind of gear is what you’d use when being part of a charter boat situation and if you are going to do this more than just a few times, its recommended that you go the distance and get it now, as opposed to starting smaller and needing more.

The price will range a bit higher, beginning at about 150 and heading up to as much as 750 dollars or more, but they do take the heat when you need to reel in a fish that is on top of the food chain. These guys will handle the bigger sharks of 8-12 feet and do a decent job.

The biggest issue you’re going to have with this is that its hard as heck to cast, and you can’t fish for bait fish with it, but if you are going to be doing this more than one or two times a year, you’re going to need a bit more advanced gear.

The main problem you’re going to find when using this kind of reel is they are hard to cast and can’t be used for general bait fishing. As a rule this kind of rod and the reel will be is better for those middle of the road shark fisherman who will be fishing a more often each year.One blog I read recommends the Penn Senator 113 or 113H as a good combination for you that will cost a bit over 100 USD.

About 98% of your reel will be the main line. Your choices here are Monofilament or Microfiber, of which Monofilament is the chearper, but you’re going to sacrifice the yardage on the reel.

It also isn’t as resistant to breakage or...

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