Even if you are somewhat intimidated by the ideal of fishing, it is an easy matter to go about learning how. Well, that’s no problem, as fishing is easy to learn. Anyone can be good at fishing thanks to its different levels of skill. The following tips will help you become better at fishing, no matter what your current skill level is.
Understanding the migration of fish can help you know when you should fish uphill and when you should fish downhill. If the fish are going upstream in the spring, you would cast ahead of them as they go “uphill”. Fishing downhill works best in the fall when fish are returning.
While many fishermen rise early in the morning, on a bright and sunny day, you can often get the best results mid-afternoon. If the sky is grey and overcast, but it isn’t very windy, you’ll be able to do plenty of fishing all day long. So if you’d like to sleep in before a fishing trip, go right ahead!
If you have always fished from the shore, there are many things you need to understand before you undertake boat fishing. The differences are very large and there are many more safety issues at play when you begin to fish from the prow of a smaller boat in the middle of the water.
Before you go out into the water, confirm that you have an anchor to support your boat when you are fishing. This anchor should be sturdy enough to hold your boat down so that the tide does not carry you. Invest in a strong anchor to set a strong foundation on your fishing trip.
Use only high quality reels from reputable manufacturers. The lower quality reels will end up having issues with their bearings or even might not be properly sealed, allowing moisture to damage their surface or interior gears. This will make the reel rust and over time, it will not work at all.
Don’t freak out if you catch a large fish. A large fish will likely put up a fight, so do not reel it in too quickly or you risk breaking your rod. You should set your drag and wait for the fish to get tired before you can gently reel it in.
Fisherman should understand how the phases of the moon affect whatever you are fishing for. Fish are usually very busy during the full moon, so a full moonlit night is a good time to go fishing. However, understand this this means you’ll be more visible and must take appropriate precautions.
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.
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.
Night fishing can provide a fun alternative to the norm. You’ll need a headlamp to see. Also be sure to keep your boat lights on. The fish you are able to catch will be very different due to the feeding patterns of the species available.
The best time to fish for most types of fresh water fish is at dawn and dusk. Get up early and start fishing the banks of a river, lake or pond, as the sun rises or sets. Also, depending on the time of year, observe the type of insect that is dominant, then try to match your lure to the insect.
Don’t scare the fish. You may think you’re not doing anything to disturb them, but fish are acutely sensitive to noise. If you want to finally land “the big one”, you should always walk softly near water edges and keep your voice down when talking with companions. If the fish hear you coming, they’ll head in another direction.
Use an empty sanitary wipes container to keep your bait fresh and secure. Put water in a zipper bag and place it inside the empty plastic box. Then, put the box in the freezer. When you are ready to go fishing, add your bait to the box. The ice bag will keep it fresh, and the small opening on top of the box provides you easy access to the bait.
As previously mentioned, don’t despair if you have never fished before. Fishing can be a really easy thing to pick up. You have to start somewhere, so why not start by mastering the tips we present here on your very first fishing trip?