A fish hook is a device for catching fish either by impaling them in the mouth or, more rarely, by snagging the body of the fish.

A fishing line is a cord used or made for fishing. It is applied to a fishing reel to cast out and reel in fish.

A fishing rod is an additional tool used with the hook, line and sinker. A length of fishing line is attached to a long, flexible rod or pole: one end terminates with the hook for catching the fish.

A fishing reel is a device used for the deployment and retrieval of a fishing line using a spool mounted on an axle.

A sinker or plummet is a weight used when angling to force the lure or bait to sink more rapidly or to increase the distance that it may be cast.

float, also called a bobber in the United States, is an item of angling equipment that is attached to the fishing line which serves several purposes. Firstly, it can suspend the bait at a predetermined depth; secondly, due to its buoyancy, it can carry the baited hook to otherwise inaccessible areas of water by allowing the float to drift in the prevailing current; and thirdly, a float also serves as a visual bite indicator. Fishing with a float is called float fishing.