By: Ashley Elvington
Are you dreaming of one day becoming as epic of a fisherman as the ones in your family or, better yet, the pros on TV? If at first you don’t succeed – try and try again! Here are some easy tips for beginners to help put you on the path to catching the BIG one:
1. Study, study, and study some more – But don’t worry, the pop quiz doesn’t come until the pole is in hand and the line has been cast! In reality, however, every little bit of information pays off. Read fishing books/magazines, research online, talk to family members, friends, or neighbors about their experiences in fishing. Learn all you can because each little tidbit will assist you when it’s your time to bait up.
2. Practice makes perfect – Where would the great athletes of today be without practicing the tools of their trade? Work on perfecting the craft of all that is involved with fishing – get familiar with the boat you’ll be on, determine the bait of your preference and practice placing it safely on the hook (different fish are drawn to different types, it all depends on what you’re fishing for), practice casting the line (in an open space with no one within close proximity for safety precautions), work on quickly reeling it in to get that catch to you as quickly as possible – trust us, most catches don’t come onshore or in the boat without putting up a little bit of a fight first!
3. Find your perfect watering hole – Is your preferred type of catch popular here? How often are catches made in this area? Are there any predators you will need to be mindful of? Search the area safely and become familiar with your surroundings.
4. Stay updated with your local weather channel or weather app – It has been proven that the most successful days for fishing are overcast days.
5. Wear the appropriate attire – Your fishing trip may require you to get into the water; therefore, boots and/or waders may be necessary. Depending on how long you plan on being outside, the weather may change, so bring any backup articles of clothing necessary (a jacket, hat, etc.) to the season.
6. Check your supplies – Do you have your rod and reel? Your bait? What about bug spray, sunscreen, and food/water? Make sure you have all you need before setting out on the day’s adventure.
7. Leave as many distractions at home as possible – This includes a cell phone or any other device that can distract you from the big moment. Fishing takes patience and the calmness of a quieter atmosphere. Besides, there’s no harm done in enjoying nature at its finest – free of all worldly distractions.