Catching the big one is only half the fun; preparation and the actual time spent going after that prize fish is also an enjoyable part of this sport.
Fishing Tips and Tricks
Ask ten fishermen/women about their secrets for successful fishing and you will get ten different answers. The reason for this is that everyone has developed fishing techniques over time, often from tips passed along by their elders, and they are not fishing for the same type of fish. Fish are unique, despite their common tendencies to hang together in schools. Trout, panfish, salmon, bass and perch frequent different parts of lakes, rivers, bays and streams. What works for one type of fish may not work at all for another type of fish.
Here are the top 5 fishing tricks and tips to catch fish, no matter what skill level you are at:
- Basic knowledge – know what kind of fish you want to catch, and learn about their habits and habitat. Time of day is important; some fish will bite best in the morning, while others are hungrier in the afternoon. Some like cold water and others stick to the warmer shallows. Be sure to check the weather report before you head out on the waterways.
- Proper equipment – for simple fishing off a dock, rowboat or shoreline, you need a basic fishing set that includes a rod, reel, line and hooks. Tackle boxes are ideal for carrying and sorting small equipment like sharp hooks, lures, extra line and a knife. Fill your tackle box with a flashlight, adjustable wrench, pliers, first aid supplies, spare hooks and rod tips, glue stick and a lighter.
- Bait – even fish have different preferences when it comes to food. Use bait that your target fish enjoy. Cover the hook with the worm or other bait, so the fish gets set on a good hook when they chomp down on the tempting bait. Some artificial and electronic baits appeal to certain types of fish but not others. Don’t go looking for perch with bait designed to attract salmon. Shiny reflective lures can sun blind certain fish; use matted metal lures instead.
- Get maps and local reports – check at the nearest bait shops for local topographical maps and fishing activity reports before you head out for the day fishing. Maps that show the contour bottom of lakes and rivers help you find the drop-offs and other locations that certain fish prefer, like deep holes or mossy areas near the shoreline. Other fishermen can advise you (if they will) about where the fish are biting that day.
- Peace and patience – keep noise to a minimum, but bring along something to help you pass time; be patient. Keep a close watch for any fishing line movement; a quick hard tug is a chance to hook a fish if you are ready.
Once you have filled your quota of fish for the day, it’s time for your inner chef to take over. Prepare the fish properly for transport home for freezing or cooking. If you brought along dining equipment, enjoy a hot shore dinner that has no equal.
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