Taking your children, or even your grandchildren, out fishing can be a great way to bond and create memories, even if you don’t end up catching anything. If you’re looking to impress your family with a big, tasty fish for dinner, all it takes is a little bit of advice from the experts who do it every day. Keep reading to learn some tips and tricks that will help get you started.
If you are just starting out with fishing, don’t overload your tackle box. You can find millions of different types of bait and pieces of equipment in the fishing supply store. Though they all serve a purpose, you don’t necessarily need every piece. Start with a handful of different types of bait and a few different sized hooks and weights. You can always add more later once you have fine tuned your list of necessary products.
Some people keep the fish that they catch for eating purposes. However, others prefer to fish using the catch and release method. If you are the latter, then firstly wet your hands, next you need to very gently remove the hook from the fish. Finally, the fish can be returned to the water and let go.
Learning to correctly set the hook is essential to becoming a good fisherman. It is essential during fishing that you have an adequate fast hook set, especially if you’re using fishing lures. You do not want to place all your effort to get a bite, and then lose the fish due to improper hooking.
Don’t forget your basic gear when heading out for a fishing trip. These may be different, depending on where you will be fishing. Here are a few basic items you will need: sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. If your intention is entering wilderness for fishing, also pack a wireless phone, flashlight and compass.
Sun block is one of the most important products to apply before you go into the water. When fishing, the sun will constantly beam on your skin, producing harmful rays that can cause redness and burns. Always apply a layer of sun block before your trip and halfway during your trip for maximum safety.
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.
Select the best type of line. The best type of line for fishing is in the range of 4-8 pound test. Less than four pounds, your line will break with larger fish, and higher than eight pound, in calm waters the fish will see it and it will deter fish from biting. So unless you are going deep sea fishing for large trophy fish, your best line will be between 4-8 pounds.
If you are balding, it is incredibly important to wear a hat when fishing. The sun will be hitting your head at very hard, concentrated temperatures, and when you are out on the lake it is difficult to find any kind of shade. A wide-brimmed hat can help to avoid any problems.
Even lunar phases can affect your chances of success when fishing. In general, fish are the most lively during a full moon, so this is the perfect time for night fishing. But, you must take needed precautions, as this will make you more noticeable.
Fishing involves a lot of very sharp equipment, and you want to be sure that you use it safely. Get into the habit of storing all of your sharp tackle (knives, hooks, and so on) safely when you are not using it. A loose knife in the bottom of the boat can ruin a good fishing trip.
Having knowledge of a few knots will greatly assist you when you are fishing. If you can tie a knot which is secure, it will ensure that your lure or hook remains affixed to your line and any equipment change can be completed with ease. The more you practice tying knots the faster and better you will become.
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.
As a general rule, the best times to fish, particularly in a freshwater setting, is to fish either early in the morning, or at dusk. Fish tend to become less active in the middle of the day as the heat and bright sun can make them more lethargic and less likely to bite.
Imagine the reaction of your little ones when you land that trophy fish for dinner. Enjoy creating wonderful memories as you show off some of your new techniques and fishing skills with family and friends.