There are a lot of people that wish to fish, yet they don’t know where to begin and are afraid they will fail. If you are serious about learning to fish, use this article as a great starting point.
Make time to check your fishing line on a regular basis to make sure that it has not frayed, knotted or kinked. If it is then cut away the offending piece and then re-knot it onto the lure. You do not want to be reeling in a fish only to have the line snap.
While fishing it is important to remain quiet. Nothing frightens fish away like big noises. The fish will stay closer to you if you can remain as silent as possible.
Before you buy your hooks and bait, think about what size of fish you’re planning on catching. The bigger the fish, the bigger hooks and bait you’ll need, but big bait will be wasted on smaller fish. You’ll also want the size of the weights and bobbers you purchase to be in line with what you’re hoping to catch.
You can easily get discouraged if you are fishing in areas with lots of weeds and plants around. These things can be a hindrance and snag your line, but fish like to feed in these areas on bugs, giving you a better chance at catching a fish.
When you are planning to go fishing, it is important you take basic needs along with you. What you need depends on where you are going. Items essential to every fishing trip include hats, sunblock, and sunglasses. If your travels take you to a remote area or on a boat, you would be well-advised to bring your mobile device, flashlight and compass.
Pay attention to the wind while you are fishing. If the wind picks up, the fish will most likely follow the water current and wind up congregating at one end of the lake. When casting, throw into the wind. In very strong winds, fish tend to congregate at the deepest parts of the water where they are impossible to catch.
If you fish and want to do catch and release, don’t fight with the fish. Fighting with the fish will wear it out or severely injure it. Let the fish go immediately, instead of potentially killing it during a fight.
Only keep as many fish as you need. If you are only going to throw fish out, rather than eat them, that’s wasteful. If you’ve fished up too many fish to eat for yourself, throw some of them back or give them to friends.
If you are taking a child with you on a fishing trip then you need to make the trip much shorter than the ones that you are normally used to taking. If you make the trip too long and the child gets bored then they will not want to go on another fishing trip in the future.
If you snare a large fish but it starts to turn around while you’re reeling it in, then it’s best you let it go. By then, you won’t have enough line left out to reel it in properly with pump and reel techniques. Remember to use a little patience before you begin to reel a large catch in the next time.
It’s a good idea to take only what you need for the day’s fishing in your tackle box. Unneeded tackle can be heavy and cumbersome, especially if you have to lug it around all day. Take only the equipment you need in order to give yourself utmost mobility on the water.
When wrangling with a freshly caught fish, look at the motions of its body. The fish’s jumping motions will grow weaker and weaker, and eventually, it will roll onto the side. When you notice the pulls from the fish is becoming weaker and weaker, then you know it’s time to reel it in as it probably doesn’t have that much strength left in it. Never pull on the line until it has rolled onto its side.
Once you have reeled your fish in, you need to catch it properly. You should either grab it around the belly or by its lower jaw. Grabbing a fish by its lower jaw will paralyze it and allow you to easily remove the hook. Grab a fish by its belly if you are sure it is done fighting.
Using what you’ve learned here, you are now ready to get out on the water and give fishing a try. Just remember that even though this guide is full of information on how to catch fish, it does not contain everything you need to know. There is much more information available regarding fishing, so make sure you are always looking out for things that can really help you get even better.