Fishing always makes you happy, you have to find a suitable spot, and you will enjoy your fishing trip. Cast and reel in your line to bring in your trophy prize.
“Angling is just a way of relaxing and escaping in the countryside.”__ Fennel Hudson
Before you go fishing, have a look. I am sure the following pointers will help you about learning how to fish
Select a suitable fishing spot
Select a perfect fishing gear
Learning how to catch fish fast
Learn how to keep and release a fish
The waters have a rich variety of fishes. Your job is to choose a perfect spot for the type of fish you want. You must consider
Time to go fishing
Contact an environmental agency for safety precautions
Choose a well-stocked spot
Find the fishing spot for the specific type of fishing
Contact the state environmental and health department for healthy and safe fishing. Water pollution makes fishing unsafe.
It matters how do you fish and what you are fishing because bigger fishes have more chances of being polluted as they have eaten a lot of small fishes, but if you are not going to eat what you catch, you need not worry.
To choose a suitable spot, you can get assistance from the newspaper and get some help from our blog about fishing spots in America.
Always try to choose a spot where you can spend several hours and keep in mind that fishes are in deep waters in summers and close to the shore in spring and autumn.
While you are going Fishing, you must have a clear mind about what kind of fish you want and whether the place you choose allows that type of Fishing.
Fish varieties change from area to area as Great Lakes have varieties of freshwater fishes; the northwest part of the U.S. has many rainbow trout for good eating or trophy photos.
If you want to go for Bass Fishing, you must know about the bass fishing spots ; similarly, if you wish, Catfish are common all over the U.S.
For successful fishing, you must know fishing gears and which gear is best suitable for you. To select the perfect fishing gear you
You must understand the state laws before you go fishing; never fish in a private territory. You can easily get the license by visiting the state website or office in person.
The license from one state or an area is not valid for the other.
A spinning fishing reel of about 7ft length is suitable for beginners, and a thumb rule is applicable; choose the reel that is as long as you are tall, hold it in your hand to feel the weight if it is comfortable with your casting hand.
After choosing the reel, choose the monofilament fishing line according to the length of your reel. If you are freshwater fishing, go with 6 to 12 lb, and for saltwater fishing, choose a 10 to 12 lb fishing line.
Always choose a small hook to lure many fishes. Fishes mostly chase the hook of the same size as the bait. For that reason, start with a 6 to 10 hook to catch plenty of fish.
The hook size may vary as the smallest hook is 16 , the medium one is 1 , and the largest one is 1/0 to 6/0 .
Choose the lures that resemble the actual bait as they will fool the fish, select bait like minnows, worms, and crickets. To have a more enjoyable fishing experience, you have a wide range of lures.
If you are focused on catching a particular type of fish, you must know its favorite bait as many saltwater fishes like shrimps.
After you catch your fish, you must keep it in a cool place so it may not stink; for this, you must have an insulated cool storage box. You can also do it with a plastic bucket full of ice. Just try to keep the fish chilled to prevent it from spoiling.
It would help if you did the followings things to catch a fish properly
Tie the hook on your line and put bobbers
Pierce the bait with its tip
Cast your line by pulling it back and wait
Set your hook correctly once the fish bites
Pull the fish and catch it on the net
A Clinch knot is good for starting. Thread the line through the hook, then bring it back toward the reel, wrapping it around itself 4 to 6 times, cut the excess off with scissors after putting the end back through the loop and tighten it fully.
The bobbers above the hook will help you spot the fish in water, tie the boobers about 12cm above the hook with a clinch knot. Sometimes, you may add sinkers to the large bobbers to keep the bobber in the hook water but still visible.
It would be best to pierce the bait in the hook as many times as possible, at least pierce it 3 to 5 times. Pierce the bait through the tip about 1/3 of the way from its head.
Hold the rod in your dominant hand, release the line by pulling it back and throwing the hook forward, and adjust the direction according to your reel.
After throwing your line, you have to wait for the fish to bite your bait, as fishing is a waiting game.
“Patience is not simply the ability to wait, it is how we believe while we are waiting.”__Joyce Meyer
So, you have to observe the line and the bobbers. Loud noises scare the fishes, so you have to wait in silence.
When you feel the jerk in your line, it means fish bites now; this is the time to set the hook to hook to the fish. You can set your hook by raising the pole in the air.
Lift the rod at about 45 degrees back in the air and pull the fish by pumping the rod while simultaneously reeling. When you put the tension lower, the rod spinning the reel, repeat it to bring the fish closer to the shore.
Once the fish is closer to you, swoop in with your net and catch it.
After you have caught the fish, the most crucial step is to release it from the hook and keep it so, in this regard, the following pointers will help you
Hold the fish body
Pull the hook
Measure the fish and release it if you don't want to keep it
Fillet the fish or cut off the gills
Hold the fish from its body behind its head to handle it quickly; otherwise, it will move frequently and be challenging to handle. Hold the fish horizontally, keeping it in or close to the water to avoid harming it.
Use the needle-nose pliers and pull the hook from the fish. Latch the pliers onto the hook poking out of the fish's mouth, and then push it towards the fish to unhook it. This part is a little tricky but not too tough; all you have to hold the fish tightly.
States have Federal laws designed to protect the ecosystem; the rules limit the size and length of the fish you can keep and take home. Measure the fish to know whether you can keep it or not.
Release the fish back to water as soon as possible if you will not keep it because fishes can't breathe out of the water, so it may stress out the fish, causing death.
When you plan to keep the fish, you have to do some dirty work. With a sharp knife, kill and cut your catch by thrusting through the fish's brain right behind its eyes. It is the instant kill.
Cutt-off the gills is an alternative way to kill the fish. Firstly hit it over the head once with a club to stun it and then cut off all the gills with the knife; it will cause bleeding. Put the fish in a mesh cage till the fish dies.
Bleeding is still considered a humane act as it is the quick and way to kill the fish, and also it maintains the meat taste and avoids acid contamination. After cutting off the gills, fillet it usually.