Fishing is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable sports out there…if you know what you’re doing. It is more than just throwing a worm into the water and hoping for the best. Even the most experienced fishermen have days where they do not catch anything. You’re far more likely to reel in a big one once you take some time and make sure you’re prepared.
Do Your Research
You should always do your research before starting something new. It doesn’t matter if you are going fishing on beginners small bass boat or your dream 25-foot fishing boat, you will need to do some reading. There are plenty of books and articles online that can help. And don’t forget YouTube! You will need to look up things like how to add bait to hooks, how to cast a line or how to tie knots.
You should also look at the equipment you will need. There are so many different kinds of rods and reels to choose from. For first timers, you will benefit from the simpler models. You can also go to any sporting goods store and try them out. A sales associate will also be able to show you the hooks, lures and tackle you may need on your trip.
Choose The Right Bait
After you have done the research and know exactly what kind of fishing you are going to do, it is time to pick your bait. There are live baits like earthworms and grasshoppers. There are prepared baits that include cheese balls, salmon eggs, and hot dogs. Artificial bait is another option that is man-made and includes plastic insects, spoons, and spinners.
The type of bait you will use will depend greatly on the fishing conditions as well as the kind of fish you are hoping to catch! You can ask your local bait shop for advice or simply look it up during your research. It is not a bad idea to take long multiple options for your trip, so you can discover for yourself what works best. Also, you should avoid using salmon and trout as bait. They promote the spread of whirling disease, a type of parasite.
Know The Circumstances
Before you go out, you need to plan on where you are going. If going out in the ocean, there are plenty of resources online that can help you find coordinates that you can just enter into your GPS. The ocean can be very dangerous, make sure you have an experienced boat captain and appropriate vessel when you go fishing on the open ocean!
If going to lakes or canals, first make sure that you are legally allowed to fish there. Certain states and counties will require you to have a fishing license and may also have restrictions on how many fish you can bring in. Pleading ignorance will not save you from the penalties if you violate these laws.
You should also keep checking the weather up to the minute you leave. Especially for inexperienced fisherman or boaters, you do not want to get stuck in a bad storm. But don’t be deterred by less than perfect weather, some of the most successful fishing trips also happen on overcast days!
Prepare Ahead Of Time
You will be outside so apply plenty of sunscreen. It is also a good idea to wear a hat, sunglasses and long sleeves. If out on a boat, a good pair non-slip boat shoes. Tall rubber boots are a great idea if you will be out in a swamp or muddy conditions. Fishing is a sport of patience and you will be out there for a while. It is a good idea to pack a lunch and some snacks and plenty of water. And do not forget the bug spray!
Fishing can easily become one of your favorite past times if you are prepared. It will take time and practice to know what to do and look for. Do your research, prepare your tools ahead of time and be careful when going outside. Remember…a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at the office.
Jennifer Gebhart is a passionate blogger and a boating enthusiast. She is a leading advocate for safe boating. Hand in hand with Chapman School of Seamanship, they are making it happen. The Chapman School is a non-profit power boating school. If you would like to help The Chapman School in their mission to make boating safer and more enjoyable for all please consider learning more about the school and how to donate your boat to charity.