If you’ve just taken up fishing, then don’t hesitate to give it your best shot. But the question is you don’t know how to start fishing because you have no clues at hand. This post is to make sure that you get some basic ideas about how to embark upon fishing and to be well-prepared enough to have a good start.
Firstly, don’t take things serious! You don’t have to rush yourself into cramming too much tips and information about fishing, how to catch a fish, gear, techniques, etc. The most important thing is to keep your mind sound, learn step by step and listen to some fishing veterans to get essential things only instead of wandering among less relevant and useful ones. It is beneficial that you have a friendly talk with people who have experience in fishing to have good mental preparation.
Choose a location that are popular with fishing activities. Take places that are near your home the priority. You may go fishing as regularly as gym, so distance is the first thing to take into consideration. There are many options: ponds, rivers, lakes, public beaches or fishing piers. After that, decide the date, call a friend to go with you or whoever that can be your preferable companion.
Get a fishing license! After determining where to go, you can purchase a license according to your location (freshwater or saltwater).
Get to know about fish species in your place: their appearances, habitats, their favorite food, etc. Make sure you understand and follow the state’s regulation on specific species, sizes, bad limits and other fishing rules.
Understand basic fishing procedure:
- Tie your hook on your line.
- Attach your weights and bobbers.
- Bait your hook.
- Cast your line.
- Wait quietly.
- Hook the fish.
- Pull the fish and reel at the same time.
- Bring your fish in with a net.
Fishing books are great to get general guide. They also provide detailed steps from preparation to catching, cleaning, restoring fish.
Purchase necessary equipment: rod, reel, hook, bait or fly. If you feel like you are spoiled for choices and ask the shopper since they definitely have good command of fishing gears. Certainly, most retailers or tackle shops know which fish species inhabit in your local area, and will be willing to give some advices on the best reel and rod combo.
For beginners, the live bait is highly recommended. Naturally, fish are more likely to be lured by “lively” preys, which means you have larger chance to get more fish in your bucket. Once you get more experienced, you can turn to artificial bait.
Concentration and instinct are pivotal: these 2 factors enhance the greater fishing trip. Ask any fishing veterans, and you will see the same answer. To maintain focus span, you need to get rid of distractors such as: disturbing children, mobile phone and your work.
Remember that fishing is a life-long process and it requires patience. There’s the truth in saying: “practice makes perfect”. You may learn it slowly but you will definitely get to the desired destination if you work hard.
Now you have it: how to start fishing when you don’t have any clues. Those words of advice above seem overly simplistic but yet powerful and effective. Let start your “fishery career” right now!