Bring home a bag of fish for dinner with these basics of fishing
Fishing is an incredibly fun hobby! You’re either sitting on a boat in the middle of a gorgeous and clear body of water, or you’re in a beautiful park, standing near a small lake, waiting for a big catch. Whatever your preference is, there’s a lot of fun to be had as you go out fishing! However, beginners need to remember that fishing is not as easy as it seems. That it takes the right planning and tools to ensure you’ll get good catches!
To speed up your fishing journey, we at Fishing Knots, have prepared for you below a step-by-step guide in everything you’ll need about fishing:
Choosing the right bait
Before worrying about if you’ll get some fish, make sure that you first know how to lead them to you. For you to do this, you have to make sure that you know what kinds of baits you will use on your next fishing trip.
To do so, make sure to follow these steps:
- Learn about what different kinds of fish eat. This is because there are different baits that fish choose to eat. There are two types of baits you can use: live (previously or currently alive), or artificial (imitation meals).
- When choosing live bait, it’s important to remember that fish wouldn’t eat anything they find immediately. That’s why you have to bring with you various baits that you can use when catching fish.
When doing so, here are some great baits you can choose:
- Next, you have to learn about the fishing regulations in the area you’ll be going to. This is because per area, there might be restrictions on the bait that you’re using. So make sure that you visit the area you’ll be going to and talk to the locals and the authorities about your intended bait for fishing.
- Then, keep in mind that your live bait must remain fresh if you want to be able to catch more fish. For they prefer their meals fresh and naturally-coloured, for them to be appetized by it and eventually eat it.
- Meanwhile, when you choose to have artificial bait, make sure that they look fresh so that fish can still find them satisfying. So when using imitation bait, get something that’s very colourful and still fresh-looking.
- Use the perfect mix of live and artificial bait. Sometimes, one bait for a group of fish wouldn’t be good for the others. So make sure you have in your box a good mix of both. It’s also a good idea to try mixing and matching bait to let more fish come to you.
- Finally, you should remember that your budget matters. Yes, as much as you’d like to follow ideal baits, but if you don’t have the money to lose, it’s not ideal for you to buy them. You want this hobby to be fun, and not make you broke! So always ensure that you have the money you need before fishing.
Setting the hook
Next, after you’ve chosen your bait, it’s time to learn how to set up the hook you’ll be attaching it to. In fact, setting up your hook is more than just attaching a curved metal rod to a string and waiting for fish to bite into it! There’s actually a lot of work and consideration being placed in ensuring you have a good hook system.
To do so, we have prepared for you below the following steps you need when setting up your hook:
- First, you have to know the meaning of that tug on your hook. From water currents, a fish simply bumping into the hook, to finally the fish taking the bait, knowing the meaning of the tug on your hook can help you know the right course of action for you to take.
- Next, if you find that the tug you’ve reeled in is heavy and that it feels like it’s gone deeper underwater, then it’s important for you to know that a fish has already been impaled to your hook!
- It’s also important to know about the indigenous fish present in the area you’ve chosen. This is because you will have to know about what kind of bait you should use and the strength of the fish you’d be catching. Doing so will help you create the necessary actions you have to take to reel that fish in.
- Now’s the time to set the hook. A fish will still be able to go free if you don’t secure your hook deep enough into its mouth. So once you’ve finally felt that tug, it’s important that you pull harder on the fish so that your hook can embed itself deeper into its mouth—making it difficult to escape, and for you to reel it in much easier.
- To have an effective hook setting, it’s important that you’re always prepared and have the presence of mind needed when you see the hook getting reeled in. You can’t afford to be taken off-guard and unprepared when the fish is taking the bait.
- Finally, make sure to plant yourself firmly on the ground when the hook is getting reeled in. This stance makes you stronger than the fish, and it also helps you pull your rod upwards better. However, make sure that you’re not too stiff as well. For you still need the flexibility when the fish tries to escape in a different direction.
Taking the fish home
Once you’ve managed to set the hook of the fish, it’s now time to reel it in. Remember, there will be a great struggle between you and your catch, so make sure that you do whatever it takes to not let it get away.
To bring home a large bag of fish for dinner, make sure to follow these steps to help you out:
- Once the fish is hooked, it will attempt to escape for its life. So what fishers like you have to do is, don’t panic and let your fishing rod do all the work for you. However, it’s still important for you to place your rod at 45º and aim it straight at the fish. What this does is, it will pressure your catch to stay hooked on your rod and come to the surface.
- Another thing to remember is to not place too much pressure on the fish as it tries to escape. This is because when you try too hard to place the fish in your direction or stay in place, it will sense more danger and work harder to ensure it escapes. If this happens, you’ll go home empty-handed because the fish has broken the line.
- After learning about the previous step, it’s important for you to then know that you have to tire the fish out. For you to do this, let your catch take out the line and play it until it gets too tired to try another escape. Once it gets too tired from trying to take out the line, it’s now your time to reel it in and have some seafood!
- However, before you can tire the fish out, it will try to send you to obstacles to stop you from getting it. So when you notice that it’s trying to get away by sending your line next to obstacles, make sure to stop it from doing so in the first place so you can catch it hassle-free.
- Then, when you’re catching a big fish, things get more difficult. For you to deal with this kind of catch, make sure that you make it come closer to you by raising the tip of your fishing rod in a smooth, steady, and firm action. Then, you can drop the tip of the rod down and reel in the line. To do this successfully, make sure to keep a presence of mind and slowly repeat this process until you’ve got the fish.
If you’re looking to make the most out of your fishing experience, you can’t afford to go to your chosen fishing area without a plan. Fishing is a meticulous process that needs a lot of things to be brought along with you, knowledge to apply, and of course, a strong and focused mental state that you will need to do your best. Once you have applied all the tips and brought along all the tools mentioned above, you will be able to bring home a delicious seafood feast to home for you and your family to enjoy.
For more helpful guides, tools to bring, and fishing actions to know about and take, make sure to frequently visit our blog here at Fishing Knots!