Fishing has long been a great way to feed a family or to enjoy being outdoors. It can even be a way to learn about science and biology. Whatever your reason for fishing, the tips below will enrich your experience and make you a much better fisherman when you go fishing.
Caution should be exercised when drinking while fishing! While many people feel that fishing is the perfect sport for a beer or other alcoholic beverages, care must be taken, especially when fishing from a boat. Additionally, alcohol is a quick route to stupid, but serious mistakes, such as a hook in someone’s eye, or the loss of the day’s catch.
You should carry your fishing scale with you on every fishing trip. A scale is great to keep around so that you know if you’ve really caught a great big catch or not.
A great tip for all fisherman is to stay relatively quite while you are on the water. Everyone has heard that loud voices can scare away fish, and while this is slightly exaggerated, making a lot of noise on the surface, particularly disturbing the surface, can indeed spook fish.
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.
When you are fly fishing, choose a line that is matched to your rod no matter what size fish you are after. If your line and rod are mismatched, you will not be able to improve your casting skill. Quite often, if you are having trouble casting, it is because your line is too light for the action of your rod.
Smallmouth and walleye can actually be very picky about the different bait you use. Consider packing several different baits, such as leeches, in case the fish you are seeking are particular. They will stay alive for a long time (overnight) if you put them in a plastic or Styrofoam container with air holes and a little water.
To test the sharpness of your hooks, use your fingernails! Just lightly drag the hook across your nails and see if it makes a scratch. If it does, your hook is sharp enough to do its job, but if it doesn’t, you’ll need to either replace the hook or sharpen it again.
Try to fish in areas with plenty of shade. It’s not just more comfortable for you, it’s more comfortable for the fish. That’s why so many fish can be found in the areas where there is shade, where fallen trees and foliage are more likely to be in the water.
Try not to set expectations when you go out on the water to fish. This sport can be very unpredictable, as your results may vary from day to day depending on the conditions and the amount of fish in the water. Always maintain a positive mindset before you make your journey.
Watch out for the teeth in fish, such as walleye and pike. Their teeth are sharp and they will try to bite you. The teeth point backwards because their main purpose is to prevent the escape of food. If you are planning on releasing the fish, protect your hands with gloves as you remove the hook.
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.
Remember, the sun is one of the strongest forces we encounter daily. When you are out on the water all day without any shade it can be especially dangerous. For this reason it is necessary to use a good level of sunblock and consider wearing a hat at all times.
If you are going use a catch and release strategy when fishing, make sure you put them back in the water properly. Wet your hands, and take the hook from the fish’s mouth gently. Carefully place the fish back in the water for release. If the fish has taken the hook too deep, trim the line and the hook will eventually dissolve within the fish.
Fishing satisfies so many things for humanity; it can be fun to go out and enjoy nature, or you can catch dinner for the family. Regardless of your reasons for fishing, you can always get better. Make sure you apply the tips you learned in this article and you will be.