Fishing Tips for Beginners

Summertime has rolled around once again and it is time to hit the lakes and get in some fishing.  If you are new to fishing and it is going to be your first time out it can all seem a bit confusing with lures, bait, flys and the rest of the fishing gear.  Fishing doesn’t have to be that complicated, here are some fishing tips for the beginner to get your first fishing trip off right.

Get the Rigging Right

If you want a successful fishing trip then you need to make sure the rigging is right.  When you have a well tied fishing knot it won’t break when you add in the hook.  If you want fish to bite then your knots need to look at natural as possible.  There are a multitude of ways to tie a knot, the one you use will depend on what you are fishing for.  Here are some of the knots use in fly fishing.

Make Sure the Lure Looks Natural

The bait and lure you use needs to move through the water naturally and look as close as possible to a real fish.  Many believe that if you cast your line out and reel it back in quickly but that is too quick and doesn’t really look natural.  Cast out and reel in slower to make sure that the lure resembles what it is supposed to.  Give yourself the chance to attract the attention of the fish you’re trying to catch.

Fish at Different Depths

There are plenty of people that fish at the top of the water their first time out but that isn’t really where the fish live and you may end up going home empty handed.  If you have a boat you can head out to deeper water and have a better chance at catching something.  You may have to add some weight to your line so that it sinks deeper.  You can always start out surface fishing but if you aren’t getting a bite it is time to look for deeper water.

Be Prepared to Move

If you have been fishing in the same spot and have tried different bait and lures and you’re still not catching anything then it is time to move to a different spot.  You are going to have to go and find the fish.  If you are in a boat then cast out in different directions before you move on.  Fish can be hiding anywhere so if you aren’t having any luck then try a different spot.

Give these tips a try your first couple of times out and you should be able to reel in a fish or two.

Trout Fishing 101

No matter how long you have been fishing or how many fishermen you have been around, they often make a common mistake and that is using a line that is far too heavy for trout fishing.  It can be the reason why your last fishing trip was completely unsuccessful.  The right size line should be one of the first things you learn when you start trout fishing.  Trout fishing 101 if you please.

The Right Line

One of the biggest reasons why you aren’t catching any fish is because of the line that you’re using.  You have to understand that trout actually have pretty keen eyesight and they can actually tell when the line is too heavy.  Another thing that you should know is that trout can be found in clear and colder water most of the time.  This clear water makes the line that much easier to see under the water.

That is why you should use a lighter line while you are trout fishing.  You can try using four pound test monofilament when you first start out.  There are brands that are available in a clear blue color making it invisible under water, but you as the angler can see it perfectly out of the water.  You want to be able to see the line while it is out of the water.  While you can get away with a line that is six pound test, don’t go any heavier.  On the lighter side a two pound test is too difficult to tie knots with that’s why four pound test is pretty much ideal.  Here is some help choosing a line.

Test it Yourself

You can try a real world test, we did to see just how much the right line would affect your catch and how trout will bite.  Our bait of choice is pretty simple, live worms that are on a set of gang hooks.  Initially we tried the worms with a line made of six pound test and while we caught a couple of trout, they were very small and ultimately we through them back in the lake.  We then tried tying off gang hooks with live worms on a line of four pound test to see if it would have any effect on the catch.  The difference was immediately noticeable when within a few minutes we managed to reel in a 15 inch trout, and an even bigger one a short time later.

If you are struggling to catch a trout the first thing you need to check is the line you are using, it may not be a bad fishing spot after all.

Lake Fishing 101: The Basics

Well you been craving to get out of the house and get into nature and you decided “Well I’ll do a little fishing today!” There’s always different places to go fishing such as lakes, streams, river’s, and of course oceans. All these are great fishing locations that don’t need a boat because you can use the banks or shorelines unless you are an advanced fisherman who prefers using a boat.

What Fishing Equipment Do I need?

The list could be long but for beginner’s keep it simple depending on what type of fishing that you are going to do. The hardest type of fishing is fly fishing and there are many videos out there especially from fly fishing experts, but to keep things simple and less complicated a cheap fishing pole or even a cane pole with a bobber would work and of course a tackle box with some gear to start.

You will need some type of bait depending on what type of fish that you will be fishing for. Most baits are artificial so buying fishing lure’s is a plus, but a lot of people will use chicken necks, worms, and just bread. When it comes to bait people are superstitious in what they use, so they will tell you what they use and what works best and nine out of ten times it does. Most people that fish prefer to stand but bring a foldable chair and especially an ice chest to put your fish in that’s if you catch anything at the end of the day. Your fishing skills will increase in time and your tackle box will become larger too, so don’t worry!

Will I need A Fishing License?

Depending on what age you are in your state and county, yes! There will be a small fee most likely it will be under $100 but it is valid for a year but check your state to make sure. Your license will either be for freshwater or saltwater or you can buy both. In certain states there will be certain fish that have a limit that you’re allowed to catch and what time of the year that you can catch a specific fish. You can find this information either online or at a tag and title place.

Extra Thoughts to Think About Before Fishing

Dress appropriately it will get hot! Use sun screen and bug repellent if needed. Most of all drink plenty of water so you do not get dehydrated especially if you go deep sea fishing, and above all else just relax and enjoy the moment its part of fishing.