5 Tips to a Beginner Fisherman
Fishing can seem daunting for a beginner. Many of us grew up fishing and have tackle boxes jammed full of stuff we want to use for different places or varieties of fish. It isn’t necessary to spend tons of money on all kinds of gear before you get out on the water. People have been fishing since the beginning of time, and that’s long before anyone invented the spinning lure. At its core, fishing is a simple pleasure easily enjoyed by men, women, and children all over the world. If you’d like to give it a spin and see if it’s something you’d enjoy, here are some tips to get you started.
1.Don’t Break the Bank
At this stage, you don’t need to spend a truckload on fishing equipment. There are multiple budget options available and a simple rod with a spinning reel should be available for purchase at many local stores in your area. After you’ve decided whether fishing is for you, then you can start looking into the more expensive equipment. For now, the basics are all you need.
2. Fish Like the Shade
If you’ve ever been snorkeling, you’ll probably have noticed that the fish tended to stick around the coral beds. This is partly because of food availability and the ability to hide from any passing predator, but it’s also because fish don’t enjoy being out in the sun for a long period of time. Drop your line near rock beds or coral and you’ll be sure to feel that telltale tug in no time.
3. Early Evening and Morning are Best
Fish feed at dawn and dusk, so they are out in force during these times of the day. Insects come out to feed at dusk in particular and fish will often rise to the surface to grab one out of the air. This is an ideal time to cast your line. Both times of day are also much cooler and you can enjoy the solitude and beauty of the mist on the water in the earliest part of the day or the purple of dusk as you head back with your catch in the evening.
4. Know Your Bait
If you have a goal fish in mind, try to learn what kind of bait it likes best. People working in bait shops will help you out on this subject. Even if you are a beginner, other fishing enthusiasts will love to help out and give you their own tips and advice. Some popular baits include worms, leeches, and grubs. If you are using lures, make sure they resemble the natural food sources available in the body of water where you plan to go fishing. Remember to take a cooler along with you to store bait and of course any beer and food you’d like to have while you are fishing.
5.Learn Your Style
If one type of fishing doesn’t suit you, there are other options you can try. For example, if you don’t enjoy fly fishing you can try lake fishing. Ice fishing may become your new favorite activity. If you prefer to use a bobber or would rather use a sinker, it doesn’t matter as long as you are enjoying yourself. There are countless ways and places to fish. It’s all about the enjoyment of the sport and spending quality time in nature.
Fishing can be a wonderful activity that you can share with friends and family or spend time on your own. There’s a feeling of satisfaction when you are reeling in your first great catch and pride as you cook it up on the grill. It’s also a great way to connect with nature and spend more time outdoors, which is necessary in our modern world where we spend so many hours staring at our screens. Speaking of which – it’s summertime and the weather is beautiful. It’s time to take that first step and go out on the water and cast your line for the first time.
Dan Lee Williams
Founder of www.astraightarrow.net