Below is a comprehensive list for starting your fishing journey. As well as this list there are other blog posts to help figure what gear and supplies are best for you.
___ Fishing License (or try it out on a free fishing day!) Most anglers over 16 need a license. They can be purchased at any sporting goods store or online through the state. Most of the funds from fishing licences go back to conservation.
___ Tackle box. Convenient way to carry around lures and other gear.
___ Net (optional) Helps get the fish from the water onto the boat or shore.
___ Camera. I use my phone camera but its great to document your catches before returning them to the water.
___ Fishing Pole and reel. See the rod and reel post for more information on this
___ Line, hooks and lures. See the Post about Lures and line.
___ Pliers. To unhook the fish safely a good pair of needle nose pliers is incredibly helpful.
___ Live bait (optional).
___ Hand wipes or a towel to wipe hands after catching a fish
___ Scissors or knife to cut line if it snags or you want to change your lure
___ Map of the area
___ Chair to sit if you are leaving the bait in the water
___ Hiking boots. Sometimes you will need to walk through a little bit of water to get to a good spot.
___ Life jacket
___ Fish/depth finder
___ Trolling motor