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Fishing Basics: A Beginners Guide

Updated on May 3, 2017

Fishing is Relaxing

Worms are one of the most popular live baits to use when fishing. Be sure and keep a check on the hook to make sure that a fish has not stolen the bait.
Worms are one of the most popular live baits to use when fishing. Be sure and keep a check on the hook to make sure that a fish has not stolen the bait. | Source
Fishing on a boat can be done as sport or as a relaxing hobby with friends and family.
Fishing on a boat can be done as sport or as a relaxing hobby with friends and family. | Source

Hook, Line and Sinker!

Before you begin fishing you need to get a fishing Rod and reel and make sure the line is in it. In most cases fishing poles are preloaded but if you run low on lone it's simple to replace. Next you need to put a bobber and some weights on the line. The bobber should be where the line is still 2 feet long or longer and the weight should be put on first to keep the bait in the water.

Next tie or clip a hook on the line if using live bait. If your using a lure then tie your line through the lure's hole. Certain fish such as Brim can be best caught by using smaller Brim that you catch as bait to get the bigger ones to bite. Always have some sort of net to help you get pesky fish that will not cooperate. Some fish such as Catfish can hurt you with their whispkers while unhooking them.


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Types of Fish Bait

Fish Bait is any live bait that fish naturally eat. Some of the most common live baits are listed below:


1. Worms: The most common live bait.

2. Minnows: Minnows are great for catching Bass fish in the lake.

3. Crickets: Great for catching croppie.

4. Night Crawlers: Good way to get Brim to bite.

5. Balled Up Dough: All fish will take a bite.



Basic Fishing Equipment

Rod and Reel
Tackle Box
Lures
Fishing Line
Bobber
Hooks
Bait
Cooler
Knife
 
Sinker
 
Ten fishing essentials for fishing.

SpinCast Rod and Reel

The Spincast Rod and Reel is great for beginners and experts alike. It's easier to load line and it doesn't kink the line up as easy as an open faced reel does.
The Spincast Rod and Reel is great for beginners and experts alike. It's easier to load line and it doesn't kink the line up as easy as an open faced reel does. | Source

Types of Lures

Lures are fake or artificial fish bait. Below are some of the more common fishing lures.


1. Spoon Lures: They resemble a spoon and glare and shape in the sunlight which attracts fish.

2. Jig Lures: A heavy weighted hook with a fish head on the end. It shakes of jigs when the angler or fisherman moves his rod around.

3. Water Surface Lures: These lures float on the top of the water and some make noises to attract fish.

4. Spinner Bait: A flashy looking spinner is attached to several pieces of bent wires and hooks.

5. Broke Back Minnows: These minnows resemble the real deal and they move back and forth in the water.

Collection of Bobbers

A collection of bobbers. Bobbers alert the fisherman that a fish has took the bait. They come in many shapes, colors and sizes.
A collection of bobbers. Bobbers alert the fisherman that a fish has took the bait. They come in many shapes, colors and sizes. | Source

How To Cast a Rod

Casting the rod is very simple. Most importantly do not let go of the rod and reel while casting. Everything else is simple and after a few times it will become second nature. Do not release the button on the rod until your rod is pointing in the direction you need it to go.

Hold the button in as you bring the rod back over your shoulder. As you swing the rod with your wrist at the water let go of the button and the fishing line will go flying into the air and into the water. Make sure nobody is behind you before attempting to cast your rod and reel into the open water in order to prevent any injuries. Be sure and decide if you want an open faced or a close faced (Spincast) reel. If your a person of shorter stature then you can also get a shorter reel and Rod.

*Note: Before fishing you must put line in the spool and also put weights, floats and a lure or fishing bait on the Fishing Pole to prepare. Also, Fishing takes patience and more than anything it is a time to relax. Remember practice makes perfect so do not get frustrated when learning to fish.

Fishing License

Make sure you know the fishing laws in the state that you live in. Purchase and keep an annual fishing license on you when your camping and fishing in order to comply with all laws and rules and avoid getting any tickets.

Introduction To Fishing

Fishing Lures

The Jitterbug or Brokeback Minto lure simulates a fishes movement and it's great for catching Bass Fish.
The Jitterbug or Brokeback Minto lure simulates a fishes movement and it's great for catching Bass Fish. | Source
Some fishing lures actually make sounds that attract other fish while others light up or put off scents to attract sea life.
Some fishing lures actually make sounds that attract other fish while others light up or put off scents to attract sea life. | Source

Boat, Pier or Bank

Fishing off of a boat is everyone's favorite choice because of the scenery and the fact that you can literally fish anywhere and everywhere. Whether your on a boat orlando be sure and pack a cooler with ice and plenty of water. And it goes without saying but have life preservers handy if your gonna fish by boat.

Fishing on an embankment or pier can be just as fun and productive though.Just make sure that you can cast a line very far and always check your rood and reel occasionally to ensure the bait or lure is still attached to the line.

Fishing Tackle Box

A tackle box is used to store hooks, bobbers, line, lures and other fishing essentials. Never go fishing without one.
A tackle box is used to store hooks, bobbers, line, lures and other fishing essentials. Never go fishing without one. | Source

Styrofoam Cooler

Styrofoam coolers hold ice solid and keep things cold all day such as food and drinks. Also,another styrofoam cooler could be used to store and keep fish fresh that you catch early in the day.
Styrofoam coolers hold ice solid and keep things cold all day such as food and drinks. Also,another styrofoam cooler could be used to store and keep fish fresh that you catch early in the day. | Source

Types of Fishing

1. Angling: Angling is what most people in America just call fishing. It requires a pole with a hook attached to a fishing line.

2. Spear Fishing: This is the original type of fishing since the beginning. A spear or harpoon is thrown into the fish in order to catch it.

3. Netting: Cast nets are one of the more commonly used nets when netting. It has weights on the ends and when you toss it out it brings in shrimp and other types of sea life.

4. Trap Fishing: Traps are set up in order to catch fish and other ocean life in a trap for later retrieval.

5. Hand Fishing Style: Many hand fishing styles are out there and she'll fishing and cat fish hole grabbing are two of the best ways.

Learning To Fish

The Basics of Fishing

© 2014 Buster Johnson

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