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Fishing for Newbies
Introduction to Fishing
Fishing is fun especially if you get lucky and catch a fish….a lot of fish!!! Beginners would sometimes think that a fish may be difficult to catch but, just have the right attitude and you’ll definitely catch one!
The excitement and thrill that you will experience when you catch your first fish will surely be a memorable one. When that happens, do not forget to ask someone to take a classic picture of you holding your very first fish. Fishing might be really complicated at first especially for people who don’t know anything about fishing but it is really not that complex. All you need to do is get to know the basics.
If you already decided whether to go on a saltwater or freshwater fishing, make an effort to check and investigate the area.Get to know the types of fish you can catch in the area, possible size or weight of fishes, and weatherconditions in the area. Make sure that you also check the fishing rules and regulations in that. See if there are any restrictions to the kind of bait that you will use. Making an initial investigation will give you an idea on what type of equipment you need and kind of bait that you need to bring.
Here are some guides for new anglers.
Beginner Introduction to fishing
Basic Terms in Fishing
- Angling – means of fishing by an “angle” (hook). The hook is attached to a line and weighed down by asinker so it sinks in the water.
- Backlash – A tangled line on a bait cast reel caused by the spool spinning after the line has stopped goingout.
- Bait – A live or artificial lure to catch a fish.
- Casting – Throwing a fish line out over the water by using a rod and reel.
- Fishing Rod – It is a light and long pole that is made of fiberglass or graphite and sometimes can be amixture of both. This is the fishing line and reel is attached.
- Fishing Reel – This fishing equipment is used for deployment and retrieval of the fishing line using aspool.
- Fish hook – sharp tipped metal used to catch a fish. This is attached to the fishing line.
- Fishing line – this is the string or cord on where the hook is attached. This line connects the hook to therod and reel.
- Tackle – A set of fishing equipment.
Best Time for Fishing
We go fishing as soon as we get a time off from our days work so we sometimes cannot follow some advices on when would be a perfect fishing day or time.
We just have to remember that fishes would always need to feed even if there’s a storm. This means that there are plenty of fish that you can actually catch. It is just a matter of picking the right bait for your perfect fish. Tides, Sun, Moon, and weather does affect activities of fishes.
Here are some guidelines on when would be the best time for fishing:
- Early morning rise and early evening rise. Fish feed more during sunrise and sunset.
- Fish feed more during high tides and these tides are higher during a full moon. You can expect more fishes during this time.
- An hour before low tide.
- You can find fishes when you see a lot of flies or mayflies.
- Still water is better when fishing.
- Warm winds can warm the whole lake and fish can get really excited feeding.
Basic Angling Techniques
- Bait fishing
This method is the oldest and most universally used. Bait fishing is also called bottom fishing in England and still fishing in North America. In this method a bait is impaled on the hook, which is set by the angler when the fish swallows it.
- Fly fishing
Anglers who use this method consider this as the highest form of angling and dry-fly fishermen consider themselves to be the true aristocracy of angling. This type of fishing involves the use of live flies and its art was to lay the fly as lightly and obstrusively as possible near a fish. The rods used in this type of fishing are usually 7-10 feet long.
Spinning is casting with a fixed spool reel. Instead of being pulled from a revolving spool, the line spins over the rim of a fixed spool without restraint. The only time the spool of a fixed spool reel moves is when a fish is taking the line out. Rotating on a spindle at the resistance set by the angler with the drag control.
Trolling involves the use of live bait or artificial lures that are drawn through the water behind a slow moving boat. This method is done inland on very large lakes and reservoirs, but is also the primary method for big-game fishing in the oceans. Rods used are usually 5-7 feet long and fishing lines are heavy.
Nice Video of How to Start Fishing
Catch and Release - Important Reminder!
Fishing is really a fun hobby or past time but we should also be responsible for taking care of our environment and fish resources. It is important that you practice catch and release. This term refers to catching a fish using the right equipment, proper handling fish that was caught, and releasing them alive after the catch. Ideally we should release the fish if:
- It is too small to eat
- You do not intend to eat the fish
- You fish just for sport
- The fish is still healthy after the struggle and landing
- The fish is not badly wounded
Make sure that you practice the proper way of handling the fish so that the fish won’t get wounded when they struggle to get off the hook. You should make sure that the fish have a high chance to survive and reproduce when you throw it back into the waters.