What do you love about fishing? You can probably come up with a list as long as your arm, but did you know you could find even greater love, just by knowing more about what it takes to be a great fisherman? Read on for some tips to help you do just that.
When planning a fishing trip, be sure to pick the right location. For example, if you’re fishing in the winter, you’ll want to seek out tailwaters such as the Snake River or the Great Lakes tributaries, and in the spring, reservoirs are ideal. With a little location research, your trip is sure to be a success.
Live bait is best for catching fish. Usually fish will eat insects which live in the area near the water you are fishing. If the creature you use as bait can be caught near the edge of the water, fish will be much more likely to take a bite. Often, pricey lures are more attractive to fishermen then they are actual fish.
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.
Make sure that you dispose of all fishing line carefully after your trip is over. Never toss any of the used line into the water. Not only does this litter the community, but it can pose a serious health risk to any birds, fish or other creatures that live in the water.
Make sure to buy a fishing rod that is very comfortable for you. If you are not comfortable holding the rod and maneuvering with it, then it is not likely you will be successful catching any fish with it. It is a general rule of thumb for the height of your rod to be similar to your height. The weight is a personal preference.
Always familiarize yourself with local fishing laws and regulations. Some lakes and rivers cannot be fished, and others may have restrictions on type of bait used of size of fish caught. Go ahead and have a chat with someone from the local government office to clarify this.
When fishing in colder months and especially when ice fishing, wear plenty of layers, and bring spare clothing. You can always remove extra layers, but you can’t put on clothes you didn’t bring. Fishing is often a wet business, and in the cold, wet clothing can be a killer. Swap out wet clothes for dry when you can.
When deep sea fishing, watch for activity from fish. Maybe you see wood or debris. Very often, you will find some large game fish in that area. One of the signs that large fish may be nearby is seagulls feasting on smaller fish.
You should know in advance what the fish you are pursuing respond to in regards to bait. Catfish love raw chicken organs, especially the liver, while bream prefer crickets. You are unlikely to catch any fish with bait that does not look like a culinary delight to swimmers-by.
When netting a fish try to ensure that the fish goes in headfirst. By netting the fish headfirst, the fish will not move as much and will have less of a chance to escape. It is usually best to avoid using a net unless you are sure it is necessary.
Using a fish finder while on a boat can be a great asset when looking for fish in deeper water. Fish finders utilize sonar technology to identify schools of fish. Some dedicated fishing enthusiasts decline to utilize fish finders, for various reasons. These fishermen are purists who believe that it is unfair to use technological advantages when fishing.
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.
You will need to be patient while fishing. It’s surprising how many people don’t understand this and give up after just half an hour or so. So, to be a success at fishing, make sure you have the time and patience it requires!
Bugs are one of the most common irritations you can run into on a fishing trip, so remember to pack insect repellent! Different repellents can be more, or less effective depending on the local insect population. If you are visiting a new spot for the first time, try to bring along several types of repellent. Take note of which ones are most effective, so that you can be prepared next time!
While fishing is an amazing hobby, it can be made even better by finding success more often. What we’ve written here provides you with all you need to know to better your technique and improve your skills, leading to more catches, larger catches and an overall, great time on the lake.