Hobbies and sports opportunities abound, but one of the easiest and most accessible ones is fishing. No matter what age you are, people love to fish. Educating yourself a little bit and equipping yourself with the right gear are all you really need to do. You can get off to a great start by taking a look at the suggestions below.
While fishing it is important to remain quiet. Any type of loud noise will frighten the fish and scare them away. Sit still and be quiet so the fish will feel safe to investigate and strike on your line.
Keep track of the weather forecast and any changes in the weather. Nothing puts a damper on a day like venturing out on the water as a thunderstorm rolls in. Take a look at the weather report to put yourself in the best position for your fishing excursion.
If you are trying to catch big fish, use bigger bait. Large bait may cost more, but you may catch a bigger fish. Logically, larger fish would rather spend their time going after larger bait than smaller bait.
Make live bait like earthworms more desirable to fish and easier to manipulate on a hook by fattening them up the night before you go out. To do this, line a container with newspaper and leave it in a fridge overnight. The cool temperature and humidity will make them fatter.
Respect whatever animal you are hunting, be it in a forest or water. Remember, nature belongs to all animals equally, including humans, fish and other wildlife. Do what you can to avoid messing up nature.
Be careful of fires if you’re going to fish on the bank. If you smoke, make sure you do not flick embers on the dry material around you. Also be careful with your matches or lighter. The bank might be wet, but the foliage around it can set on fire quickly.
When you leave for your fishing trip, be sure to take all the essential goods and supplies with you. Depending on where you are going, it will be different. Here are a few basic items you will need: sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. If your intention is entering wilderness for fishing, also pack a wireless phone, flashlight and compass.
You should wet your line before tying a knot. This reduces friction and ensures the knot is very strong. When choosing knots, go with the double fisherman’s knot or the clinch knot.
Always pack extra supplies of food and water, especially on hot days. The sun is sure to tire you out, and you are going to need fuel in the form of water and food to give you necessary energy. Depending on the amount of time you plan on fishing, you should bring along plenty of snacks and some meals.
Always buy high-quality rods for fishing. Low quality rods break under pressure. The higher quality rods are tested better and therefore are less likely to break. Buying a well-manufactured fishing rod for long-term use is likely to save you money in the long run.
You need good weather to be able to enjoy your fishing trip instead of becoming angry, frustrated or scared. Always be sure to check what the weather will be before going out fishing. Check a week before your trip, and then check again the night before. If the weather does not look favorable, than go ahead and re-schedule your trip.
Don’t ever let your caught fish go to waste. While it can make you feel proud to show off a huge collection of fish, over fishing can destroy the ecosystem and make it harder to find fish on your next trip. If you have a particularly good day, consider releasing some of your fish, or find some friends to share them with.
If you are reeling in a big fish that turns in the other direction, let it go. Your line isn’t long enough to pump and reel at this point. Next time, you should wait longer prior to reeling in the fish.
It is always prudent to only pack the essentials. A large tackle box is not only heavy and cumbersome, but it is also unnecessary. Take only the things you need and will use that day, so that you can have the easiest time while out in the boat.
Make sure you are fishing at the right times and in the right condition to catch fish. For example, if you want to catch bass fish, you will find that bigger bass fish are easier to find at dawn as well as dusk because the fish that they prefer to eat are more active. Always ensure that the water temperature is not below 50 degrees when trying to fish at these times of day.
Double check your preparations before leaving on a fishing trip. It can really spoil your day if you have to go back for something you forgot to pack. Confirm that you’ve brought the appropriate apparel, food and equipment for your fishing trip.
As noted, it is not hard to get started in the sport of fishing. If you put what you’ve learned in this article into practice, your fishing skill will increase by leaps and bounds. Set a date for a fishing get-away with family or friends. Your relationship will benefit very much from spending this quality time with each other.