If the exposure of media and television has got you interested in fishing, you’re not alone. Many people take up the sport as a form of recreation while some actually get competitive. If you don’t have the perfect source of learning how to go fishing, you might think it’s too complicated. We’re here to do our bit and help you start your trials.
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How to prepare to go fishing?
The post is going to give you an easy guide to go fishing. Read along to follow the steps:
1. Find the perfect place for fishing
You can learn lots of tricks through YouTube tutorials, but they won’t tell you where to find the fishes. You need to first find out a specific place where you’re sure you’d get a catch. You can join a community who can help out or take help from the beach areas.
If you live on the coast, you’d get lots of options to go saltwater fishing. You should look for a popular spot and when you get there, you can mingle with locals who come for fishing too. Observation is an important part of learning how to fish because it takes some skills and tricks to get your fishes to the bait.
If you live in a landlocked area, you need to ask the locals around who go fishing. People who are frequent to this and are ready to share their fishing stories might even help the beginners.
2. Know the perfect fishing time
Do you know that fishermen have a specific time when they set sail and catch fishes? After you find the perfect place you need to know when to fish. Most people fish during dawn and dusk as that’s the ideal feeding time for fishes.
3. Get permitted
A localized fishing license might be important in your area to go fishing and to take your catch back home. The Department of Fish and Wildlife center near you will help you get a license. There are also options like private/commercial lake fishing for beginners but you’d have to pay an admission fee. These places need permission and cost, but they’re cheaper for occasional fishing.
4. Pick the right reel and rod
You need a medium-sized flexible fishing rod for beginners. You might want to purchase better equipment, but we suggest you try out the sport before making a big investment. The prices vary according to the brand and features. Try to choose a bundle that comes with its tackle box and reel. These usually have all the tools you need and beginner’s guide to set it up.
5. Prepare the bait
There are plenty of options to choose the bait – it can be live, fake or dead. You can even use any other tool to trial and see if you’re being able to manage the rod and reel. Try to get over squeamishness (if you do feel so) when using dead bait and then move to the live ones.
Make sure how you store the live bait when you’re finally prepping up to go fishing. You need to store them by cycling the water within storage or by using an air pump to pump oxygen back into the water. If you don’t do that, the bait will die within a few minutes.
How to go fishing?
Now you’re prepared to go fishing and you need to get into the skill part. Check out the following points to get your catch:
1. Prepare your line
You will take time to prepare your line with the right bait, tools, and to get familiar with the rod. Tying the knots can be difficult if you don’t get the right type of it. Basic ones like the J knot are useful to learn and can also help you get your first catch.
You might need sinkers/weights to maintain the line against currents. It prevents the hook from floating on the surface. Baiting the hook isn’t a pleasant task, but you need to secure it properly. It must look natural to be able to get you the catch.
2. Cast the line
There are two main types of reels you’d get in the market and they both are needed to be locked and released for the line. You need to first unlock the link, hold it tightly with your fingers, and then swing the rod to let go of the line when the arc is at the peak. As you sink the hook you need to lock the line so that the string doesn’t loosen.
3. Wait for your catch
Fishing needs a lot of patience, especially for beginners. You shouldn’t get impatient with your rod and try for at least 15 minutes at a stretch. Take it out after that and recast it if you didn’t get a catch. You might need to bait it again so leaving it for long is a waste.
It takes time to get used to how the tugs feel. If you get a small fish, the tugs will act differently. When you feel the tug, you must pull up the rod that allows you to push the hook further to grab the catch properly. It secures the fish to your hook and then you can pull it out slowly.
Reeling cannot always be done with just the reel. If you get a large fish, you need to pull back the road and loosen the reel before you force it at once. Make sure you pull the rod rather than adding pressure to the small reel.
4. Enjoy the experience
Once you get your catch, you’d have to store the fish to take it back. Many people release the fish back because they were just trying out their skill. If you want to keep it, you need to carry a storage box with ice. Make sure it is legal to catch fish from the place you choose or have the license or permission to do so.
Now that you know how you’re exactly supposed to plan out your fishing-spree, it is time to get your gear and swing the fishing rod.