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Fishing Techniques And Tips

Updated on January 27, 2009

Hello!! If you've come looking for a resource on fishing, then you've come to the right place. In this article we'll go into all different sorts of fishing, some great fishing tips to increase the amount of fish you catch in a day, and great links to other quality fishing sites from around the Internet.

As for why I wrote this article, I love fishing. For years, I'd fish and get mediocre results. Then, I decided to study up a bit on what I could do to improve how many fish I caught, and voalla! It's amazing what doing a little study will do for your fishing. What you have here are a few of the best fishing tips and tricks you can use. So read on, and impress your friends with your fishing expertise.

It's confusing to start out sometimes, but don't worry!!
It's confusing to start out sometimes, but don't worry!!

Where to Begin?

So, where do you begin? Whether you're new to fishing or not, having everything you need it essential.  The first thing you have to make sure is that you have all your supplies ready. The best tips and tricks in the world won't help with insufficient supples. Keep in mind that these are just the bare essentials; there are many other valuable items to bring along as well.  You should have:

-Fishing Device (whether you're going to go fly fishing, or use a net, or whatever other method you can think of) 

-Line (with extras, you never know when your line will snap)

-Bait/Lure (all different varieites)

-Food (for yourself; it's easy to get really hungry fishing)

-Fishing knife (all sorts of uses, from gutting a fish to cutting line)

-Lots of spare time

Once you have all these, you can start thinking about how you're going to go about doing the fishing. Unlike most static articles, we have some top-notch videos from around the net to help you along. This is your first step to some of the best fishing you'll ever have!

How to Clean a Fish

Fisherman seining
Fisherman seining

Types of Fishing: All Different Techniques

When you go fishing, there are all sorts of ways to do it. The belief that only a fishing line does the trick is flat-out wrong. Below there are some other ways you can fish. Some of them are a bit humourous, but others are quite useful, and can increase the amount of fish you capture in a day. Try some variation in your fishing trips:

Bottom Trawling:

This is a technique where fisherman basically drag a fishing net along the seabed, scooping up anything it finds that can be lifted. Keep in mind that this is banned in some areas, so always check before doing this.


Seining, also known as seine fishing, is using a net to fish instead of a rod. While this may take out the personal fun for some people, it's a powerful and simple way to capture large quantities of fish.

Seining in Alaska


Driftnetting is a variation from just using a net to capture fish. Drifnetting involves simply leaving a net still in the water for a time, and then taking it out to see what was caught. As the name goes, let the net drift along in the water.

Remote Control Fishing:

This is a new 21st century take on fishing. Basically, you control a boat through a remote control, and that boat either has an electrically controlled fishing line or net to use. Right now, it seems as if this is nothing more than a mere hobby for people with too much time and money, but in the future, it may be possible to run an entire fishing business with remote control fishing.

Fly Fishing:

Fly fishing is similar to normal fishing, except that you don't use what would be considered a traditional lure.  Instead, you use an artificial fly as bait.  After you throw the line, this artificial fly floats on top waiting for a fish to sense it.  While it is normally used to catch trout and salmon, it can work to catch all sorts of fish.  The artificial flies can vary in just about every single characteristic.  They can be big, small, all different colors, textures, and shapes. 

Fishing traps in Vietnam
Fishing traps in Vietnam

Fishing Traps:

If nothing else, the idea is a valuable one. Just like you would set a trap in the forst for a fox, these are fish traps set in the water. There are all sorts of variations to doing this, from different cultures all around the world. The image to the right is only one example of it. If you are going to use fishing traps, make sure that you know what you're doing, and also that there are no restrictions against using them where you fish.

How To Fly Fish

A Cormorant catching a fish for a fisherman.
A Cormorant catching a fish for a fisherman.

Outdated But Funny

I thought I'd throw in a bit of humor into the article.  These fishing methods aren't used too commonly today, but they were in the past. If nothing else, they're pretty funny to think about.

Cormorant Fishing:

This is by far one of the most unique methods I have ever seen. An individual uses a trained bird (the cormorant) to fish for the fisherman, and bring the fish back, just like a dog would play fetch. Primarily based in China and Japan, cormorant fishing is no longer common. While it used to be quite popular, today it is used only in small rural communities and as a tourist attraction.

Spear Fishing:

Spear fishing is more of a hobby nowadays for some. It's pretty self-explanatory really. Instead of using a rod and line to fish with, you use a spear to pierce fish with.  Be careful when you're doing this, especially if you're in a boat, as it's extremely easy to lose your balance.  Also, NEVER try to spear a very large fish.  The spear oftentimes will not kill them, and it's never a good idea to have yourself attached to a fish that's enraged and wants to get away from you.

Fishing Tips/Techniques

Everyone needs some help. Unless you are a World-Class fisherman already, these ideas will do you a world of good. I've scoured the Internet, and my own knowledge, and found some of the best fishing tips and techniques here for your perusal. While some of them are pretty simple, they're nevertheless important to have integrated into your fishing process:

1. An expensive rod is NOT necessary to succeed at fishing. I've seen countless people who catch high numbers of fish with only a basic rod, line, and bait. Those electronic gadgets look cool, and may even help sometimes, but they're not necessary to become a great fisherman.

2. Make sure you have all your gear. Do a triple-check. Once you're out on the water, whether you're on shore or in a boat, it's always incredibly frustrating to find out that you've forgotten something. It can turn a glorious day fishing into hours of frustration. Do you have: a rod? lure/bait? fishing line (with spares)? a knife? food? perhaps some music?

3. When you're setting up your line, put on a luminous tube, an attractor bead, and/or anything flashy near the hook to help attract fish to your bait. This is a proven technique to increase the amount of fish you catch in a given session, and I would highly recommend giving it a try.

Alton Jones Gives Fishing Tips

4. Make sure to have all different kinds of bait at your disposal. For one reason or another, different kinds of fish prefer different kinds of bait. Definately do some Internet research on the exact variety of fish you're fishing for so you can have the perfect lure/bait.

5. You should always try to have a fishing journal. Many people I've met consider that foolish or pointless, but this is a point that should not be forgotten. Having a history of how well you did each time is great not only for memories sake, but also so you know what works and what doesn't. If you fish with Lure A and Lure B in a given river, and Lure A continously catches 2x more fish, having a journal will be able to instantly tell you these things.

6. Try fishing under a dock sometimes. Yes, that's right, under a dock. Why you ask? Well, firstly, fish often like to hide under a dock since it's an encloserd area and predators can't go after them. Also, if it's raining heavily, fish will tend to crowd around in there.


The tips provided here are for the most part general and basic tips and techiniques to get you going full steam in the fishing world. While they're certainly useful for any fisherman, there are also far more advanced techniques and tricks out there.

Those tricks are generally more specialized for an individual kind of fish.  This article, on the other hand, focuses on techniques and tips that can be applied relatively universally to almost all kinds of fish.  Below, we have some links to some of the best specialized fishing sites on the Web. If you are truly adament about helping your fishing, I would definately advise you visiting some of them.  Remember, since there are different advanced tips and techniques for each kind of fish, you should make sure that what you're getting applies to the specific fish you're hunting. Thanks for reading and good luck!!

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