Are you having trouble getting a fish to take your lure? Is fishing just not as enjoyable for you when you’re not catching anything? This happens to everyone sometimes yet the answer is really easy. Read on to find some tips and techniques which will help you fix whatever problem plagues you.
Consider which way the fish may be migrating in the stream you are fishing in to determine an upstream or downstream cast. Casting uphill in the spring will get you more bites. In the fall season, fish will move in the opposite direction, so fish downhill.
If you are going to be using live bait to go fishing, be sure your bait is not kept in the sun for too long. Most fish prefer bait that is cooler, rather than warmer. Have the bait kept in an insulated container until you are ready to use it.
Before fishing, you should understand some basic procedures. Become familiar with certain tasks, including adding the fishing bait on the hooks, casting out your line, and tying knots. Learning these basic procedures is essential if you are wanting to learn how to fish in the most effective manner so that you can have success.
Make sure that you are selecting the right equipment for your fishing venture. If you are a beginner, you should select a simpler rod and reel that is easy to operate. Beginners should never use open-faced fishing reels. Once you get the hang of these rod and reels, you can move on to the more advanced ones.
Be quiet and patient. Fish can pick up even relatively soft sounds under water, so blasting a radio or talking loudly may chase them away. Plan to spend a significant amount of time sitting still in one spot. Moving around on the water too much won’t increase your chances of catching something.
So you have decided you want to take up fishing as a hobby. When you are just starting with fishing, you should keep your equipment pretty simple. It depends on what you are type of fish you are fishing for when it comes to equipment. Most beginners start with lightweight tackle. The essential beginner’s equipment should include a rod and reel, 12 lb. test line, small and medium sized hooks (for live bait fishing), a couple of bobbers, a few artificial lures, some sinkers, a pair of pliers, a net, and a pocket knife. Don’t forget to check your state’s laws to see if you need a fishing license for the body of water where you plan on fishing.
Taking safety into consideration, always have at least one life vest for each passenger that you take out on your trip. Also, make sure that you and your passengers know how to wear the life vest. In the case of an accident, it is imperative that you have the proper safety precautions in place.
Make use of a fish finder in order to help you discover the best fishing spot whenever you are fishing on a boat. Fish finders are used to locate schools of fish in the water. Of course, not every fishermen chooses to rely on a fish finder to locate fish. They feel that it is similar to cheating, giving an advantage in what they consider a sport of skill.
Select the best type of line. The best type of line for fishing is in the range of 4-8 pound test. Less than four pounds, your line will break with larger fish, and higher than eight pound, in calm waters the fish will see it and it will deter fish from biting. So unless you are going deep sea fishing for large trophy fish, your best line will be between 4-8 pounds.
Do some research to find out how the moon effects your fishing. Full moons tend to make the best time for night fishing since fish tend to be very active around this time. However, it is important to understand the fact that you are also going to be more visible to the fish, so make sure you strategize accordingly.
Keep safety in mind when you are fishing. Wear a life jacket (and make sure it is fastened) if you are on a boat. Cover yourself with sun screen, if you are out for an extended period of time. Place all sharp items (like knives and hooks) in your tackle box when not in use.
If you are fishing for sport and are not planning to eat the fish you catch, use the catch and release method. When you catch the fish, you have to carefully unhook them and send them back into the water. This allows the population of fish to grow larger, maintaining opportunities for catches at a later time.
Do yourself a favor and pick up a fishing magazine once in awhile. Fishing magazines are filled with tips and tactics that every angler can use. They are also a great resource for finding new methods and equipment that can greatly increase your likelihood of catching that trophy you have been dying to catch.
As a general rule, the best times to fish, particularly in a freshwater setting, is to fish either early in the morning, or at dusk. Fish tend to become less active in the middle of the day as the heat and bright sun can make them more lethargic and less likely to bite.
If you are going use a catch and release strategy when fishing, make sure you put them back in the water properly. Wet your hands, and take the hook from the fish’s mouth gently. Carefully place the fish back in the water for release. If the fish has taken the hook too deep, trim the line and the hook will eventually dissolve within the fish.
Now are you ready to get back into your boat, water or on the shoreline and catch some fish? What you’ve read should have given you the confidence you need, in the fact that you now have the knowledge to go back out and enjoy your hobby again, so be sure to get fishing!