Fishing is a sport that is fun and tranquil if you do it by spending your time with your family, friends and with Mother Nature. For the Americans, fishing is considered as their favorite past-time.
One of the fishing activities is fresh water fishing. Fresh water fishing is a great outdoor sport as it involves catching fishes in streams, rivers and lakes, which requires a lot of patience, thus is very challenging. It requires you to acquire skills over a period of time. However, this fun and challenging activity can be done even with kids.
Before you begin fishing, it’s a good idea for you to check your state’s fishing requirements, just to make sure that you have the proper documentations to fish. For example, you might need a license to fish and this you can check from the sporting goods store. The people here can determine if you need a license, and if you do, they can even help you get one. Some stores will even provide the license for you. So remember to check what documentations you might need before you go on your fishing trip.
Since you are already in your neighbourhood sporting goods store, take some time to look around and see the latest fishing equipment available. Then you’d be able to decide on the right fishing equipment to purchase for your fishing trip. If you are a beginner at fishing, do check your budget. You should not overspend and buy expensive equipment. Just get the basic items that you really need for your trip.
Should you be in nay doubt as to what you should purchase and what you can do without, do not hesitate to get assistance from the store keeper. However, always keep in mind that you have a set budget and you have to stick to it. Take as long as you need to decide on each piece of equipment, and always ask questions on each equipment that is shown to you. Ask about how the equipment is used and whether or not a beginner would really need such equipment. For example, you could purchase artificial lures for bait, but you can also use worms that you dig out from your own backyard.
As a beginner, you would only require the basic items, such as an inexpensive rod and reel, a fishing line, some hooks, weights, fishing lures or bait, a net and perhaps a bobber which will help your line to keep afloat. Sunglasses are also essential. Choose polarized sunglasses as they can lessen the glare thus helping you to see clearly through the water.
Next, find out where the fishes are. If you do not know any good fishing locations, try asking for the local hotspots. Alternately, you could check with your state’s fishing regulations for further information on the various fishing locations around your state.
The time will come for you to be an expert fisherman. When you are one, you can easily upgrade your equipment to top-of-the-line fishing equipment. In the meantime, try to keep this basic and as simple as possible.
One thing important that you should always remember is never to fish alone. You should always go with a friend. That way should an emergency take place, there will always be another person to get help or assistance.
The smartest thing for you to do would be to start fishing is shallow waters. Aim you cast in any rocky or shady areas where the water is deep. This is where the fish can be found. Do remember that this is your practice exercise.
Once your skill level grows and you become better, you can then try out the deeper waters. However before attempting such things, make sure you take your time to practice casting. This will help you familiarize yourself with your rod and reel.
And you know where is the best place for you to practice? Your own backyard! First, mark off the area with a length of rope. This will be your guide to practice aiming your cast. Practice throwing your cast and look at your movements. Study how you move your arms. Find the best way for you to cast your line. This should be the way that suits your best and one that you’re comfortable with. Remember, when casting, it’s all in the wrist, not in the arms.
When using fishing hooks, practice extreme caution as they are very sharp and can cause injury. Before you cast your line, check to see that the area is clear and that there are no obstacles in your way. This will make sure that no one gets hurt with the sharp fishing hooks.
When it is finally time for you to go on a real fishing trip, remember to always cast your line a little way ahead of the fish. Also try to make your lure or bait land softly and without much of a splash. The fish will see the bait at a close point, but if the line is behind the fish, the fish will not be able to see it.
Should there be at any one time your cast gets a little disorganized, you should move closer towards the water. This will help you get better accuracy in casting your line.
Keep a close eye on the bobber. If you detect any movement, or if the bobber goes underwater, you will know that a fish has grabbed the bait. This means you’ve got a fish hooked on your line. Relax and don’t get too excited. Stay calm at all times.
Now that the fish is hooked, try to keep your line tight and very slowly reel in your fish. Hold your net close by and use it to get the fish out of the water. Once your fish is out, you can proceed to remove the hook from the fish. This you should very carefully do so you don’t end up hurting yourself.
Should you find that the fish you just caught is undersized (in accordance to the states regulation book) you should immediately return it to the water. Also, if you have no intention to cook your catch of the day, do not waste the fish. You should quickly throw it back into the water. When you throw your fish back into the water you are helping to supply the water with more fish. This way, fishermen in the future will be able to experience the same exhilarating feeling that you get when you get a catch.
And finally, do make sure you take your time to look around and enjoy your surrounding environment. You will find that this is the best time for you to experience the calm and peaceful view of the water.
And finally don’t forget to have fun!