Have you wanted to try fishing, but didn’t know where to start? Take heart; learning to fish is easy. While fishing may seem complex, gaining the skills can come naturally when you use the proper techniques and gain experience. With the tips presented here, you will surely have fun fishing, no matter what your skill level.
Exercise caution as you wade through water in pursuit of your prey. While fishing in a river, be careful as you walk through it, moving slowly as you go. If you are too noisy, you’ll scare away all of the nearby fish. Disturb the riverbed as little as possible.
Some fishermen use lighted bobbers if they’re doing to be fishing in the dark. With a lighted bobber, it is easier to see when a fish bites thanks to the the small on-board light bulb. When a fish nibbles at the bait the bobber dances up and down upon the water alerting the fisherman to a bite.
You may want to add a scale to your list of fishing equipment. This is especially true for people who release their catches; they may need to measure them quickly.
Take your camera with you on your next fishing trip, and if you would like to release the fish back into the water, but you want to brag about the big catch, simply take a snapshot of the fish! The fish will live, and you can still have something to show for it!
Your hands should be wet as you prepare to bring a fish into the boat. This will keep the fish skin from getting too dry. This is even more important if you’re going to release the fish into the water.
On any fishing trip, it is important to bring basic supplies along with you. This will vary depending on your location. The most important things to have on hand are a life jacket, drinking water, sunblock, a hat, and sunshades to protect your eyes from the glare and reflection of the sun off the water. If you are hiking in the wilderness to your fishing destination, it is a good idea to pack a cellular phone, flashlight, pocket knife and a compass.
When fishing, be aware of the wind. If it’s a windy day, chances are the fish have followed the current and will be grouped together in one area. In this scenario, you want to cast into the wind. On the other hand, when the wind is very strong, making casting difficult, the fish will likely gather at the bottom, out of reach.
Smallmouth bass and walleye tend to be picky regarding the live bait that you use. Keep a good amount of leeches in your fishing inventory. Leeches can live overnight in a container made of plastic or Styrofoam with water and the bottom and some breathing holes in the top.
Keeping your cool is important when you have a major catch on your line and it is doing its best to escape. Do not reel in your fish as it tries to swim away. Hang back and let your rod’s drag take care of the work for you. Once you do have the fish set on the hook, you want to set your drag. Orient your rod at an angle of about 45 degrees relative to the water, and point your rod at the fish.
Learn some casting strategies so your lure falls quietly onto the water. If it makes noise, the fish will be scared away. Using your wrist when you cast will aid you in this technique.
If you need to take a break in the middle of your fishing, high noon is a great time to do it. Due to the sun’s angle during this time, fish will be much more cautious and not as likely to bite. Set aside an hour or so to eat lunch, then resume fishing in less direct sunlight.
A gaff or net may be a good option when catching larger fish. A gaff will give you a good grip on the fish and allow you to haul it out of the water. However, nets carry less risk of seriously injuring the fish, so you may want to use a net rather than a gaff. It will be easier to prepare fish that has not been wounded.
When you feel like fishing for larger fish, be sure to use bigger bait. It is quite simple, big fish like large bait, small fish prefer small bait. Two excellent baits to use to catch bigger fish like Pike and Muskie are Crappie and Blugill.
Avoid fishing alone, although many enjoy it to get away from stress. Many things can go wrong on fishing trips, from small accidents to equipment breaking down, and it’s important that you have someone with you to help deal with these mishaps.
Cleaning a fish correctly can keep you from getting sick. Necessary tools include a cutting surface and a small knife. Slice down the belly, starting at the head and moving down to the tail. Then, cut the fish’s head, and pull on it as you pull its organs in the opposite direction. This should give you a clean, open fish.
Do not allow yourself to miss out on fishing just because you lack experience. Anyone, regardless of age or experience, can learn how to fish. Even though there are many levels to it, there are many entry points for the hobby, and if you use the tips from this article, you can start fishing now.
by Rich Ogin