Some think it’s true that bad days of fishing are better than days that are good at work. If you are someone who can think of no better way to spend a day than relaxing on your boat and fishing, you are sure to find this article to be enjoyable and helpful.
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.
Watch your manners. Although it isn’t directly related to fishing, it is a rule for all sportspersons of any type – avoid littering. Just as you enjoy being in the great outdoors, there are many other people who get away from stress by relaxing in a clean, natural outdoor environment. Remember this before throwing your can in the water.
If you are going to be using live bait to go fishing, be sure your bait is not kept in the sun for too long. Most fish prefer bait that is cooler, rather than warmer. Have the bait kept in an insulated container until you are ready to use it.
The day before you go fishing, fatten up your live bait so that it looks better to the fish and does not take as much time to get on the hook. Simply put some worms in a container that is lined with newspapers and flat in the refrigerator and retrieve them the next morning. The humidity and cooler temperature will fatten them up.
Be sure to keep your hands protected, if you wish to do some hand-line fishing. A pair of some soft leather gloves can help you prevent line burn. Cutting out the fingers around the second joint can ensure that you can perform any other tasks without having to take them off.
Fish are always going to be around regardless of what time of day it is, but there are a couple of times of the day that they are more active. Early in the morning and in the middle of the evening are the best times to catch fish because these are their best feeding times.
In Spring, during the early morning hours fish do not bite. At this time the water is too cold and the sun does not heat it up because the sun is low, the rays simply bounce off of the water. Fish will be biting soon, though. After thaw, wait about a week until the water turns over and the temperature gets up to 39.2 degrees.
If you are practicing catch and release, then don’t fight when reeling in fish. Fighting with the fish will wear it out or severely injure it. If you’re not able to reel it in, then allow it to go so you don’t kill it.
Never panic no matter how big the fish you’ve caught! Since there will most likely be a fight, do not attempt to reel the fish right away or the rod will break. Set your drag, then wait it out. When the fish exhausts itself, you can reel it in.
Be sure to always have a first aid kit with you when you go fishing. Believe it or not, fishing can cause injuries, some more serious than others. That is why it is so important for you to be prepared, should an accident occur while you were on the water.
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.
When fly fishing, do not pull back too far on the backcast. If you go back too far and hit the water behind you, all the fish in the area could scatter. As you bring the rod back, stop at the 1 o’clock position. This helps the line straighten out. When you start your forward cast you will have much better control over where it lands.
If you are fishing for catfish it is advisable to use chicken livers wrapped in pantyhose or stockings. Catfish normally nibble on bait and can easily remove the bait from the hook. By placing pieces of chicken livers inside a piece of pantyhose prior to inserting the hook into the chicken liver, you can avoid your bait being stripped off the hook.
Some people love cooking the fish they caught even more than fishing itself. With luck, you have gotten some good ideas about fishing from this article. Use the advice you gained in this article, and the next fishing trip you take, will be the most successful fishing trip you have ever had.