Hook, Line, and Sinker: 6 Beginner Fishing Tips for Success

fishing tips for beginner

Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach them to fish and you feed them for a lifetime. Even if you don’t plan on fishing to feed yourself, fishing is still a valuable skill. That’s why you could benefit from some fishing tips and tricks. To discover six angling tips to up your fishing game, keep reading.

1. Get a License

Fishing is kind of like driving, insofar as you need a license to do it. Buy a license online, at a fishing shop, or in a convenience store. A day license typically costs less than $20.

An annual license provides more value, for between $30 and $150.

2. Practice Good Etiquette

Like with other sports, fishing comes with its own rules of the game.

For instance, don’t go to a spot where other fishers are. Give other anglers at least 50 to 60 feet of space in crowded waters. If space allows, keep a couple of hundred yards of distance between yourself and the nearest fishers.

Throwback any fish that you don’t eat.

3. Get the Gear

Beginners would do well with a combination of a spinning reel and rod. Purchase a reel and rod that are sold together because they’re easy to set up.

After a rod and reel, get yourself lures and bait. You’ll need bobbers, too. A rubber net, small tackle box, and needle-nose pliers would also help.

4. Knot It Up

If you want to fish well, you’ll need to learn how to tie some knots.

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Fishing’s essential knot is the clinch knot. It attaches your lure or hooks to your line.

The Palomar knot connects your hook to your line. It’s strong and easy to tie.

The Double Surgeon’s knot connects two pieces of the line. Use it if your lure gets stuck and your line breaks.

5. Casting

Catching a fish has three main steps: casting, hooking, and landing.

Start things off right by casting right. Casting with a spinning wheel is like throwing a baseball. Have six inches of line poking out the end of your rod.

Keep the reel beneath your dominant hand. Flip the bail and lift the rod tip up and behind you, then cast forward. Release the line when the rod is vertical or slightly forward from vertical.

6. Hooking Then Sticking the Landing

Hooking a fish properly means preventing it from spitting out your lure and stopping it from breaking your line. Prevent those mishaps by setting the hook in the fish’s mouth once it’s bitten your bait or lure.

For the landing, get a net. Reel the fish into an arm’s length of your feet, then use the net to pick it up. Try not to let it flop around.

See more about getting started fishing.

Fishing Tips for Success

As you can tell, learning how to fish isn’t easy. Doing it skillfully takes preparation and care.

Now with these fishing tips, you’ll fish like a pro in no time. Poke around the site’s Lifestyle section for more guides to doing what you love.

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