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Fishing Tips for Beginners

Updated on July 29, 2011

If you can manage it, never go to a new fishing water with a rod in your hand, as this just makes you too eager to start. It's far better to make that first visit with Polaroid glasses, binoculars, a sketch pad, and an open mind. Give yourself time to relax and watch what is going on about you. The better you get to know a water, the more it will reveal its secrets to you. 

The sketch pad enables you to make a rough map of the whole water and detailed sketches of particular areas. When preparing your fishing strategy at home, these will remind you where deep water lies, where there are shallows, which bays face north or west, and where there are reed beds. Never discard any single piece of information that you might pick up. Everything adds to your complete understanding of the water to be fished.

A thermometer is a very useful tool for the angler, because temperature plays a much more vital role in the life of a fish than it does for us. Being cold-blooded, they tend to adapt their entire life to the temperature of the water around them. 

As a rule, the colder the water, the more torpid the fish. As the water warms up, their body mechanisms kick-start, and they begin to feed again. A thermometer tells an angler bow the fish may be behaving. For example, if river temperatures drop much below in the winter, then it's unlikely you will find barbel feeding, and it's best to fish for pike. If water temperatures rise much above, then you are probably better off fishing in the cool of the dawn.

Observation equipment

  1.  Hat - A broad brim keeps the sun off your head and out of your eyes.
  2. Binoculars - These allow you to scan the water surface for signs of fish topping.
  3. Boots - Always choose a pair that are warm, well-fitting and waterproof.
  4. Polaroids - Reducing glare, these are your windows into the fish's world.
  5. Bread - Many fish species adore the simple, ordinary shop-bought loaf.
  6. Sketch Pad - A simple map can prove invaluable when planning your strategy.
  7.  Pen And Thermometer - These are essential aids. The water temperature is an important piece of information.

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