Fishing seems to be one of those things that a lot of people don’t have any interest in doing until they try it once. Once you get out on the water and actually snag a fish, the excitement has a way of working itself into your life.
You get back home and think, “what’s stopping me from going fishing again tomorrow?” The answer tends to be, “nothing.” Fishing is an activity that you can do almost any time you’re free, but that doesn’t mean you’ll always catch something.
We’re going to run through a few fishing tips for you to use as you get started.
Let’s get started:
1. Know What You’re Fishing for
A lot of the time, the fact that you’re not catching anything isn’t for lack of fish. Sometimes we just miss the mark with the type of fish we’re trying to catch.
If you know that the lake a little bit, try to match your hooks and bait to the sort of fish that are inside. If you’re unsure, you can ask someone who fishes the lake regularly.
Usually, you’ll have some luck with a hook that curves roughly around the size of your pointer finger. Too small and your bait will get stolen time after time, too big, and the same will happen.
2. Start With a Combo Pack
You don’t have to dig too deep into your wallet to get started fishing.
You’ll have the same amount of luck with a cheap rod as you will with a professional one, at least as you’re just starting out. A lot of rods come equipped with lures, line, some bait, and a few hooks.
This is a great place to start. Use these items to get a feel for what works for you, then go back to the store and personalize your rig.
3. Bring a Multitool
Have a tool with a knife, plyers, and scissors. It’s possible to get by with only your fingers, but these tools will come in very handy and you will use them.
Cutting fishing line, getting hooks out of mouths, and even opening lure packages require a little help. Fishing is a delicate thing, and a lot of the pieces required are tiny, so having a tiny tool always helps massively.
4. Try Different Baits
Some baits are live, some are just shiny chunks of metal. Some are plastic, others are wiggly arrangements of hair-like tufts.
All of these things are available as bait because they work in some instances. Fish are picky, and sometimes they will devour one form of bait and ignore another that they liked the last time.
Bring a couple of options and try them out whenever you go fishing.
5. Don’t Yank Too Early
Once you’re sitting on the shore with your line in the water, you might find that there are little tugs and pulls that come to your line.
The natural instinct is to yank the line right away to try and set the hook. Anyone who’s ever fished can relate to that feeling. That said, sometimes you have to wait until you see or feel the line being pulled more significantly.
Yanking too quickly can pull the food away and startle the fish. So, wait until you’re sure there’s something with the bait firmly in the mouth.
6. Be Prepared to Wait
Keep in mind that fishing involves a lot of waiting. Sometimes, you’ll hit the water and pull fish out left and right. Other days, you might not even feel a nibble.
In most cases, you’ll land somewhere in between those two extremes. Don’t get too discouraged if you’re sitting for an hour or two with no luck.
7. Recognize the Point of Fishing
The act of “fishing” isn’t just about catching fish.
Many fishermen who spend their lives fishing come home empty-handed. The real value of fishing comes from getting out into nature and practicing something that you enjoy.
If you can sit on the shore and have a wonderful time without catching a single fish, you’re fishing correctly.
8. Bring Your Friends Along
Fishing becomes more fun when you have someone to go with. There’s value in going out on your own and fishing in solitude, but there’s nothing wrong with bringing a pal or two out on the water with you.
Even if someone’s not too keen on fishing, see if they’ll humor you and try it out once. You can even share the rod so there isn’t any financial investment on their part.
9. Don’t Skimp on Line
It might seem like all fishing line is created equal, but it’s just not true. A good line will be able to reel in larger fish, function better with your reel, and more.
One thing that can’t be forgotten is that the process of putting the fishing line on is tricky. A low-quality line can be the most frustrating thing in the world to try and work on your rod.
Avoid these small frustrations whenever possible by getting the best fishing line you can, even if they cost a few extra dollars.
10. Understand Local Laws
Each area you fish will have slightly unique laws and regulations. This is especially true if you’re going to different states to fish. It’s always required that you have a license, but there are some fish that you can catch and keep and others that you cannot.
Make sure you know the rules so that you avoid legal complications.
11. Explore Fishing Locations
Once you get the hang of fishing on your own, try out the different areas available to you. You’d be surprised at how many different fishing holes you have in your area.
Do some online research, ask the locals, and get out there and fish your area!
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