Are you thinking about taking up fishing, but unclear on how to begin? Fishing is a lifelong hobby that is a very rewarding and relaxing activity. Here are some tips to help you get started in the popular outdoor recreation of fishing. It won’t be long before you are fishing like a pro!
Pay attention to your knots. The knots in the fishing line are what hold your hooks to your line. It doesn’t matter how many fish you catch if the hooks come free from the line under pressure. Practice knots with thread or other material at home before you take to the waterways.
If you want to fish for brim or blue gill fish, try using a light weight fishing line and a smaller hook. Try fishing in the shallows of the water like around marinas, coves or banks. Live crickets and earthworms are a favorite bait to use to catch this type of perch fish.
Be aware of your surroundings when fishing. There are many who smoke while they fish, so it is important to make sure that no accidental fires are started with smoking products. While the bank might be wet, there is dry foliage all around that can easily catch on fire.
Be quiet and patient. Fish can pick up even relatively soft sounds under water, so blasting a radio or talking loudly may chase them away. Plan to spend a significant amount of time sitting still in one spot. Moving around on the water too much won’t increase your chances of catching something.
So you have decided you want to take up fishing as a hobby. When you are just starting with fishing, you should keep your equipment pretty simple. It depends on what you are type of fish you are fishing for when it comes to equipment. Most beginners start with lightweight tackle. The essential beginner’s equipment should include a rod and reel, 12 lb. test line, small and medium sized hooks (for live bait fishing), a couple of bobbers, a few artificial lures, some sinkers, a pair of pliers, a net, and a pocket knife. Don’t forget to check your state’s laws to see if you need a fishing license for the body of water where you plan on fishing.
While many people catch plenty of fish using artificial bait, you may have better luck catching a fish with something that is alive. Worms have been long known to be a good natural bait choice, but other options are very effective such as small crabs, and live shrimp.
Casting your rod has everything to do with fishing and technique. Whether you cast underhand, side-arm, or overhand, it is important that you learn how to cast your rod properly. Practice in your backyard if you have enough space, and your fishing experience will be much less of a hassle.
If you’d like to find the ideal spot for boat fishing, try using a fish finder. Fish finders send out sonar that pinpoints schools of fish. Of course, not every fishermen chooses to rely on a fish finder to locate fish. Most who prefer not to use a finder feel that the sport is diminished when commercial tools are used to gain an advantage.
Always make sure that all fishing hooks are sharp. Without a sharp hook, your odds of catching (and keeping) a fish are greatly diminished. You can sharpen hooks throughout your day while fishing, or carry fresh spares and swap them out. Sharp hooks are critical tools for any fisherman.
Practice patience for fishing success. Every highly prolific person that fishes knows how to calmly wait out the fish, and lets them bite at will. Plan ahead to make sure you’re comfortable while you wait. The less you try to rush the whole fishing process, the greater your chances of having a bountiful haul.
Improve your fishing success by talking with the locals. Ask them what methods have worked the best lately for them. Because different rules apply to different places and situations, only the locals know what truly works best.
Before you start fishing, you need to survey your surroundings and make sure that all other people are not in harm’s way. If you do not do that, then there is a chance that you can snag someone with your hook and hurt them pretty badly. Safety should always be your number one concern.
Now, you know how to get started in the fabulous past time of fishing. Fishing is something you can enjoy for the rest of your life. Once you begin, you will find yourself learning on your own and soon you will have your own favorite fishing spots and techniques to share with others. So, take the tips you’ve been given and get out on or by the water and give it a try.