People have loved to fish for years. FIshersmen are addicted to the excitement of getting a bite as well as the opportunity to spend time in nature. New methods of fishing have been developed, some of which work better than the ones previously used. Consider changing up your old fishing routine with a few new tips.
Don’t blind the fish! While shiny lures are often very effective at attracting specific species, the reflection of the sun can blind a fish and send it swimming away. Matte lures can be equally as effective while they won’t scare off as many fish as a metallic lure would, so consider using both when you fish.
Saltwater fish tend to be a lot sharper when it comes to the scent of your bait. For that reason, it is usually advisable to fish with fresh live or fresh dead bait, when fishing in salt water. This is more likely to attract fish from a distance than artificial lures with more subtle or less natural scents.
Always wet your hands before pulling a fish out of the water. This will keep the fish’ skin moist. The more that you can do to minimize the shock, to a catch and release, the better it is for the fish.
Make sure that you are selecting the right equipment for your fishing venture. If you are a beginner, you should select a simpler rod and reel that is easy to operate. Beginners should never use open-faced fishing reels. Once you get the hang of these rod and reels, you can move on to the more advanced ones.
Cut the fish line! If a fish you’d like to release has swallowed its hook, you can still get it safely back in the water. Simply cut the line as close to the fish’s mouth as you can, then release it has normal. The stomach acid of a fish is powerful, and will be able to dissolve the hook.
You have probably heard the quote “location, location, location” when it comes to certain things, such as real estate. The same holds true for fishing. It is crucial that you have a solid idea of the location of the fish you are attempting to catch. Once you find this location, you are much more likely to catch a lot of fish.
If you are looking for a good catfish bait with a more subtle smell than the classic stink bait, then consider casting out with hot dogs. Work just a chunk over your hook, cast it lightly then let it sink to the bottom and sit until you get a bite.
A great fishing tip that novices and professionals alike can use is to always “feel” you line. Fish bites can often be as soft a small tick in the line and can easily go undetected by simply looking at your rod tip. Keeping a finger on your line will allow you to get a better feel of what is going on under water.
If you are salt water fishing, make sure that your fishing line can handle a higher pound testing weight. The testing weight helps to determine the load that the line can handle. In salt water, your fish will be larger than they are in fresh water and therefore, a higher pound testing weight is necessary.
Bugs are one of the most common irritations you can run into on a fishing trip, so remember to pack insect repellent! Different repellents can be more, or less effective depending on the local insect population. If you are visiting a new spot for the first time, try to bring along several types of repellent. Take note of which ones are most effective, so that you can be prepared next time!
Bring along a flashlight with your fishing tackle is an excellent idea. On long trips it can make packing-up at dusk much easier. Even if you are certain you will not be out after dark, a flashlight can still be handy for exploring dark recesses and finding lost pieces of gear.
If you are fishing with a motorized boat, be careful not to spill gas or oil into the water. Gas and oil are both toxic to the waters and all of the species that live in them. Make sure that your boat is not leaking any fuel, and also make sure that the tires on your trailer are free from oil before backing it into the water.
Fishing is a hobby that people enjoyed in the past, enjoy in the present and will enjoy in the distant future. Take the tips in this article, and bring them along on your next fishing trip. If you try all of these tips, you will discover that you will increase your catch yield next time you go fishing.