Are you looking to take the plunge and start fishing?
Fishing is a great way to relieve stress, get outdoors and develop new skills. But if you’re new to fishing, it can be daunting to know where to start.
Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Read on for 10 fishing tips to get you started on your fishing adventure!
1. Learn to Cast
You want to learn how to cast properly as your first thing to do. Most of the time, the bait will need to go within a yard of the strike zone. Poor casting can see you lose opportunities. It also increases the chance of losing your lures.
The key to using plastic baits such as craws or worms is to not jerk the line too much. It can be hard to know the difference between a snag or a bite though, so there is always the temptation to pull the line. Do this too much though, and you’re moving your bait from the strike zone.
The easiest way to tell the difference is to keep the rod still with a small amount of tension. If there is a pulsing feel to the movement, then jerk. The fish will usually hold onto a plastic bait for a few seconds, giving you time to work out if it’s a bite or not. To improve, watch experts online or on tv, you can check it out here.
2. Go Cheap to Be Bold
It isn’t going to work out if you’re using rigs or lures you’re not willing to lose. If you’re using equipment you’re worrying about, you won’t use them in risky areas.
But these are the areas the fish actually are, and where that equipment would perform best. By using cheap, non-sentimental lures in the risky areas, they’ll perform better for you. Save your good stuff for the ‘safe zones’.
3. Be Confident
Always make sure you’re giving 110% and have faith in yourself. We all have our bad days where we don’t get so much as a nibble but remain confident. It’ll help you refocus after a miss and keep pushing forward to better your game.
4. Take it Slow
Don’t go too fast, take your time and appreciate what you’re doing. Once you’ve made your great cast don’t be too keen to reel it in. A big mistake you can make is casting, and then recasting way too quickly.
Make sure you’re thorough and go through the spot you’re in before moving on to the next area. If you slow down and pay attention, you’re more likely to be successful in finding fish.
5. Prepare for Anything
Part of the fun of fishing is its unpredictability, so make sure you’re prepared. You don’t know how the fish are going to behave, or what will show up on the day.
You also won’t know what lures or bait rigs you’ll need on the day. Also the unpredictable weather can impact your performance and the fish. The more you prepare for any event, the more chance of success you’ll have.
6. Outfits are Key
Part of preparation is making sure you’re dressed appropriately. Waterproof boots are going to be a must. As you’re dealing with water, you should expect to be in it yourself at some point. If you know you’re going into deeper water, consider waders.
Stick to wearing layers so that if the weather changes from hot to cold or vice versa, you can add or remove as needed. You don’t want to be overheating or freezing all day. For those who have long hair, consider tying it up so it will be out of the way.
7. Study Your Environment
Many beginners focus all their attention on what gear they need for their desired fish. But it’s not good having all the gear if you don’t know where the likely best spots to fish are. Make sure you take the time to study the environment. Work out where the quality habitat is for that species you’re targeting.
This will be key to your success. First focus on studying the water biology then adapt your gear and approach around that. This will help beginners but also seasoned fishermen moving to a new location.
8. Freshwater VS Saltwater
There is some science to consider beyond the obvious Lake vs Sea differences. It’s considered freshwater fishing when the water you’re in has a salinity of less than 0.05%.
The species you’ll find here are completely different too. Salmon is the only real exception, as they’re born in rivers and live at sea. They then return to the same freshwater spot they were born to spawn.
Also be aware that lakes, rivers, ponds and the like will have fishing limits. This is a limit on the number and size of the fish you can take per day. But it can still be as much fun as saltwater fishing, so long as you’re prepared and have done your research.
9. Use the Right Knots
It’s important that you use the right knots for your fishing lines. If you’re using a braided line then the best knot to use is a palomar knot.
But if you’re using a fluorocarbon line then a palomar knot is the worst you can use. This is because it’ll burn itself when it cinches down – causing it to break. So instead, you want to use a clinch knot. And if you’re using a monofilament line, either knot is fine to use.
10. Clean Up
This might seem obvious but it’s by far the most important tip – clean up after you’re done! Don’t leave anything behind and make sure you’re keeping track of your trash. Put it in a container and take it with you when you leave.
That means taking every container, wrapper, beer or soda bottle and hook and line with you. Be respectful of the environment you’re in, the animals that live there and the people that own and maintain it.
Sail Away to Success With These Fishing Tips
So there you have it! Follow these 10 fishing tips and you’ll be sure not to capsize your fishing dreams. Instead, you’ll be sailing to victory with those monster catches.
Remember to study the environment you’re fishing in. Then you can plan your gear and strategies around it. Prepare for every event and know of any creel limits. Most of all respect your environment and those around you.
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