10 Fishing Tips For Beginners
Here are 10 fishing tips for beginners. It is that time of the year again, when we pack up our gear and head out to the lake. Before we can brag about that awesome catch and get ready for that fish fry, we must know the basics of fishing. What you learn will benefit you in many successful fishing ventures to come.
- Do your homework! Before you step foot out that door, try to have a basic knowledge about what you are doing. Reading a book about fishing will benefit you greatly before the hands-on experience. There is a lot of literature available about fishing, especially for beginners.
- Learn the procedures or basics of fishing. After you have gotten some reading done, it is time to practice some pre-fishing techniques. Get acquainted with tying knots, baiting hooks and casting lines. You need to know some basics beforehand to avoid confusion on location.
- Choose the equipment that best suits you. Since you are a beginner, there are certain rod and reels that are easier to cast for someone just starting off. Open-faced reels are not suggested for someone who is embarking on their first fishing trip.
- Bait is the bread and butter of the fishing trip. Know the preference of the fish you are trying to catch. For instance, catfish prefer raw chicken liver or specially made catfish bait. On the other hand, bream fish prefer crickets. If you use the wrong bait, you will probably have an unsuccessful fishing trip.
- Location is of utmost importance. Know where the fish have chosen to spawn. These locations offer vast amounts of catch. Within a matter of two to four hours, you can have a mess of fish and be ready to go home. This all depends on finding that prime location.
- Make sure you remember to check the weather. The best fishing trips are often when the sky is overcast. Although some have been known to have success in sunny conditions or during the rain, an overcast sky has been found to be the best weather for the most successful fishing trips.
- Dress correctly for the outing. Make sure that you wear boots. More often than not, you will have to be dangerously close to water. Of course this is a given, but wading into the water may even be expected. Dress in layers because the weather sometimes changes drastically from early morning till afternoon. If your hair is long, wear a ponytail.
- Pack a lunch. Since this is your first trip, pack a lunch. You never know how long you will be. Sometimes it takes hours to get the first bite.
- Don't forget the bug spray. Anytime you are in near proximity to water, there is a chance of getting bitten by bugs. Many types of insects tend to congregate around bodies of water. The most irritating insect you will encounter will be the mosquito.
- Speaking of worry free--if you have children, leave them at home. If you have to reprimand, run after or pay attention to small children, it is unlikely that you will have a successful first trip. Concentration is a must to bring home a nice mess of fish.