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A Beginners Guide to Fishing
Fishing has been a hobby of many people for thousands of years. In the past, people had to fish if they wanted to eat dinner, especially if they were tired of eating game. It may be more of a novelty to catch your own dinner these days rather than picking it up at the grocery store, but that hasn’t made it any less popular.
Nowadays, people like the idea of sitting by the riverbank or on the sea wall, passing time with their fellow anglers and perhaps enjoying a beer or two before going home to eat a freshly cooked fish. If this sounds like something you would like to try for yourself, here is a beginner’s guide to get you started.
Getting A License
Make sure you get a license for the state you want to fish in before you start. These are not very expensive, and you can get one online or in a convenience store. You can get a license for the day if you want to try out fishing for the first time. However, if you decide you like the experience and want to go again, it is worth investing in an annual license.
Where to Go Fishing
There are different types of fishing, and where you will go will depend on what type of fish you want to catch:
Lake Fishing - This can be the easiest type of fishing for a beginner. You will usually catch bass, salmon, or rainbow trout.
River Fishing - This can be more difficult as the fish have more room to spread out. You could catch salmon or trout here.
Sea Fishing - This can be more difficult if you are inexperienced, and it may not be possible to do if you live inland. However, it can be a lot of fun.
You may have noticed a local spot where lots of people go to fish and you could join them. However, if you are unsure about the best fishing spot, it is best to ask someone who already does a lot of fishing. If you don’t know anyone yourself, ask online. Fishing communities are usually a friendly group, and someone will be happy to help you.
As with any new hobby, it is best to buy the basics and the most essential items first and add to your collection as you go along. That way, you don’t have to spend too much money to get started and you can take some time to decide what you need and what you don’t. Speaking to the fishing community about what makes and models they use and why they like them can give you great insight into buying new equipment, too.
A spinning reel and rod combination are a great idea if you are a beginner as they tend to be easier than separates to set up. Your local fishing tackle shop will be able to talk you through your options and advise you on the best rod to buy as a beginner.
Lures and Bait
If you want the fish to bite, you will need to use lures and bait, and somewhere to keep them, such as this Frabill Belt Bait Storage Box. Again, your local tackle shop or fishing community will be able to offer you a wealth of great information and advice. Live worms or power bait, a scented putty that you form around a bare hook, are great buys for the first-time fisherman.
Bobbers are necessary if you are fishing, especially for the first time, as these small floating balls will sink or bob once a fish has taken the bait.
A small tackle box, like this Hawkeye Fishtrax Hard-Sided Canvas Carry Case, is a fantastic investment, even for your first trip as you can keep all your lures and bait in one place, and you won’t lose anything. Once you have gone fishing a few times, you might decide that you need a bigger or better tackle box. However, just having the ability to keep everything in one place is useful in the beginning, so it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money.
Lures, decoys designed to attract the attention of the fish, are a great way of making sure your fishing trip provides you with dinner once you have gotten used to using the bait. You could put off getting this for your first couple of trips if you are feeling uncertain.
This is a guide to get you started in the world of fishing. As with anything, you will learn more as you go along.