Fishing is a great activity for people belonging to all ages; it can also provide a way of spending time with your family or friends, and if you are going solo, it can be a way of taking a good break and getting away from the busy, stressful life. There are quite some benefits to fishing and if you are interested in learning how to fish, here are a few steps to guide you-
1. Firstly, to fish- you need to get a fishing license. The short term permit is also available for people who are looking to fish just for a short term and not the whole season. Each state have their own laws, while some allow children under the age of 16 to fish free, some don’t. So check In with your area.
2. Get your gears on. You can get your fishing rod, reel, fishing line and hooks from a store. There are a lot of varieties in gears available so you can ask one of the employees for a rod that is suitable for beginners. Pick a rod with the height roughly similar to yours and the weight should be comfortable for your casting arm.
3. Baits. You can either catch your own baits or buy them at a bait shop. Each fishing types requires different kinds of baits and different fishes loves different baits so choose a bait depending on what you want to catch. Some of the common baits used are worms, grasshoppers. Shrimp, salmon eggs, liver, bacon and even Cheese. Also know that there is the artificial and the natural baits available.
4. Whether you are fishing with smaller lures or with bigger lures, the first step to learn is casting. The techniques of casting can take time and practice. To be ready to cast, you need to match your hook to the bait, for example- the hook size 3/0 for long worms and 1/10 for the small shrimps. After which tie the hook to the opposite end of the line with a tight knot so that it wouldn’t slip out if the knot isn’t tied properly, you might lose the chance of catching a really good fish.
5. Any random water body will not suffice. You have to choose a place where there is a probability of catching one, for this you can talk to the fishermen around and find out which water body would be good. Also find out what kind of fishes are present
6. Patience is crucial for fishing. After you have casted your bait, you need to wait for a fish to bite and you might end up waiting for several minutes.
7. After you catch a fish, you can measure the fish, remove the hook gently, take a picture to commemorate the day and then release the fish to be caught some other day. If you are planning on eating the fish, then make sure it is not one of the protected species.