Without a doubt fishing is among the world’s best loved pastimes for people of all ages and families alike. It seems that most people love fishing as it offers the opportunity to relax in the surroundings of nature in all its glory and the opportunity to spend quality time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday routine. While for some the love of fishing is simply because they enjoy the idea of catching their own meal and preparing for their friends and family to feast upon.
Regardless the reason for ones’ love of fishing we can all agree that the importance of knowledge is the advantage that separates great fisherman from a weekend angler. We would like to offer everyone a few extra tips that when put to good use may help to gain a deeper love of fishing and improve your skillset.
It is so easy to get carried away and buy up every accessory available for your tackle box, but when starting out with fishing, we suggest that you hold back and don’t overload your tackle box. Many fishing stores will attempt to sell you every accessory for almost every situation and you could literally find millions of different types of bait and pieces of equipment if you looked around. The thing to remember is that every bait or accessory will serve a different purpose and that purpose if not suited to your location, fishing style and even expected target, so take a step back and work out what it is you want to catch and where you plan to fish.
Why not simply start with a handful of different types of bait or lures, a small variety of sized hooks and weights, and the right rod and reel combo that suits your requirements. Of course, as you increase your skill and confidence you can always increase your fishing accessories to suit the differing varieties of fishing you may plan to try and naturally your list of fishing gear will be fine-tuned.
Safety is paramount and when fishing alone, familiarise yourself with the environment and water depths etc., and when using a boat be sure to make sure you are carrying spare gas and tools to assist in the case of an emergency. Also pay attention when fishing near a large river as sudden undercurrents are capable of pulling you under and drowning is possible, even for a strong swimmer and in shallow waters. Our tip is to find a fishing buddy to go out fishing with and share the experience.
Once you have decided on your spot where you are planning to catch fish, then take a walk upstream a little and cast your line, allowing for the current to drag your hook and bait past the fish in your ideal spot. This tends to attract more fish and is a successful technique that works very well if the fishing hole where the fish are located has an obstruction under the water.
Patience is one of the most important skills for an angler to have and to appreciate when you are fishing, as research shows that certain fish will move in different patterns and will take time to land, so placing yourself in the best position to maximise your results and being comfortable is important. But remember to talk to the locals and do some research of the area you are fishing in as understanding the environment you are planning to fish, can mean the difference between having a good day out or a great day out.
Maintaining a positive attitude helps both seasoned professionals and new anglers alike and while coming up empty time after time can be frustrating, remember that catching a fish is the reward for all your patience. If you have no bites in your fishing spot, then simply try another and remember that if fishing was easy, there where would the challenge be?
If you are looking for a pastime that has no boundaries then fishing is for you, it can be enjoyed as a child, retirees and everyone in between. You do not have to have the best gear to enjoy fishing, it’s a hobby, a sport, time away from it all and a great way to bond with others. Meet people while fishing, share knowledge and grow your skills, all while enjoying yourself.
Now get out and plan your next adventure, we would love to see your catch on our Facebook page, so feel free to share