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How to Catch a Fish

Updated on October 14, 2021
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How to catch a fish

Fishing is usually thought of as a pleasant and peaceful pastime. Unfortunately, in my experience, this peaceful and pleasant pass-time tends to be fraught with frustration and a lack of success. There is nothing worse than waiting for hours for a fish to bite, then finally getting a nibble, fighting with it, and finally dragging out a worn-out old boot. I have seen fishermen get so angry that they have thrown their rod into the river (although the look on their faces as they realize they have just thrown away several hundred dollars worth of equipment can be very amusing). When fishing there is one thing you must always remember and that is to be patient. Fishing takes a lot of patience.

This hub is just going to give a general outline of things to consider when fishing which should help beginners improve their chance of success. Obviously, some of the advice will depend on things like the type of fish you are trying to catch and the place you are fishing at (eg sea, river, lake, stream, etc).

The first thing to consider when fishing is what kind of fish are you trying to catch.

Decide what type of fish you wish to catch, then do some research on that fish. Find out where the best fishing spots are to catch your chosen fish. You can easily do a google search for this.

Here is a checklist of things to look up once you have chosen your target fish:

  • Are they salt water or fresh water fish?
  • Which fishing spots are teeming with your desired catch?
  • How far away from your current location is the best fishing spot?

Once you have figured out where you are going to go to catch your desired fish you must make sure you have the appropriate bait.


Dropping your fishing line into the water and hoping for a bite is very optimistic but will give you very little success. You must choose bait for your fish. If you want to catch fish you must dangle something in front of them that they wish to eat. Choosing the right bait is relatively easy when you know what type of fish you are after. All you have to do is carry out a search on google to find out what type of bait your chosen fish will like best. Alternatively, your local bait shop will most likely be able to tell you the best bait for the fish you have chosen to catch (they may even give you some good advice for catching your chosen fish).


Now you have your chosen target, you have a location and you have your bait. The next thing to do is to start the fishing properly. Choose a spot at your location that is quiet and away from anything that you can snag your line on as this can be quite frustrating when you are trying to cast. Choosing a spot that has some shade is a good idea as you will not get too hot as you will be sat in the shade, also fish have a tendance you stick to shady areas as it offers some protection from air-bound predators (this means that you have a better chance of getting a catch). Prepare to sit there for a long time, this is where patience really comes in handy. Sit there long enough and you will eventually get a bite.

Reel it in

When you eventually do get a catch the most important thing is reeling the fish in. This can be quite challenging. This part of fishing can be very frustrating as sometimes you wait for hours to get a catch then the fish manages to getaway. When reeling in the fish it is better to have some patience. Take your time! Do not be all gung-ho about it. Reel it in slowly, keep the line tight. The fish will struggle against you! It is important to note that you shouldn't try to drag the fish out of the water as this is likely to result in your line snapping and losing your catch (which is very, very frustrating). Let the fish struggle against you, eventually, it will tire and you will be able to reel it in and out of the water.

Even when out of the water the fish may still struggle so wearing a good pair of rubber gloves with a good grip on them can help when detaching the fish from the line. The fish will be wet and slippery and will be struggling so make sure you have a tight hold on your catch as there is a chance it could struggle free and get away.

I hope this has helped.


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