Close your eyes and envisage yourself in the middle of the lake with your fishing gear. You’re listening to the sound of water and birds. The air is brushing your cheeks and you don’t miss sitting at your office doing paperwork. It’s a nice dream, isn’t it? If you want to spend a day outdoors, fishing is a good activity to blow off some steam, relax and enjoy nature’s offerings.
If you made your decision to go on a fishing trip and you feel a little lost, here’s a quick guide that will help you get started.
It depends on where you live, but in most cases, you’re required to get a fishing license. Make sure to read up on all the laws, rules and regulations in your area so that you’re not breaking the law. There are new apps available that can tell you about the best locations to go fishing near you. It’s important to also know about the weather conditions before going, and even so, prepare for unexpected changes, to avoid trouble.
Now that you’ve picked a lake to fish at and you have your fishing license, you have to pick a vessel and buy a fishing kit. There are many different options for fishing vessels like boats, kayaks, or stand up paddleboards (SUP). Stand Up Paddles that are made especially for fishers are a great option for a better vision and for being more active. It’s a good idea for you to look at reviews so that you’re aware of which kind of paddleboard would suit you best when you go fishing.
A combo of rod and reel is the first thing to buy for fishing. Choosing a combo is preferable for beginners as it’s easier to set up. Pick something that feels comfortable in your hands and ask the shopkeeper about the perfect fit for a beginner.
You can use either natural bait or artificial lures, depending on many factors. Each type is better for different kinds of fish. If you’re on a budget, using bait is a better idea since it’s cheaper than lures. Bait is also better-suited for beginners but once you get used to it, you can try lures.
Bobbers are floating balls that alert you, by quivering, when the fish has caught the bait. Choosing the right type of fishing line might be tricky because there are different types but each one serves a purpose and one’s preferable fishing style. Briefly, monofilament is reliable, copolymer is an improved version of it, fluorocarbon is stealthy and braid is the strongest.
Those are the essentials but there are some personal items you must bring for your comfort and safety like sunglasses, a waterproof box for electronics: sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottles and a first aid kit.
Quick Guide on How to fish
Casting is pretty straightforward- if you’ve ever played catch and thrown a ball or swung a bat playing cricket or baseball, then you already have half of the lesson learned! You’ll want to have around 6 of 7 inches of the line to start off with and then hold it in place. The next thing you want to do is raise the rod and then flip it to cast using a flick of your wrist. This should throw the line far enough to your liking.
In order to successfully hook a fish, you want to avoid the risk of the link breaking in case the fish’s weight is too heavy, and also having the fish miss or spit out the lure. This will obviously take some practice, but you have to manoeuvre the hook in such a way that it catches into the mouth of the fish once it’s been caught. Another trick you have to bear in mind is that you have to wait a bit to tire the fish out before you can reel it in without any issues or struggle, or else you might lose it completely.
The last step you need to take is to ensure that you have a smooth landing. This means the way you get the fish out of the hook and onto land. You have to have a net on hand as you reel the fish in so that you’re ready to scoop it up immediately. You need to be focused on this because they can get quite jumpy at this point. You don’t want to damage the fish’s organs either so make sure you scoop them into the net before that happens. This is important to not cause them too much pain, and especially if you plan on returning them to the water again.
Fishing can be a calming and fun experience and a way to disconnect from the world. All you have to do is learn as much as you can about it and always be prepared for every scenario. If you do it right, you will definitely be coming back for a second time and it will be your new favorite hobby.