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Fishing is a fantastic experience, and more people are going fishing for relaxation and sport. Over 40 million people go fishing each year in different kinds of water bodies, and fishing has become more popular and recommended as a recreational activity.
The recent hype in fishing had seen many newcomers becoming interested in fishing, and it is not as difficult as it may seem to most people. Fishing is one of the relaxing activities you can engage in and as a beginner; there are lots of tips and guidelines you have to adhere to.
#1, Fishing Equipment
The first step in the fishing expedition as a beginner is to get familiar with your fishing equipment and know-how to handle the equipment. It is important that you look upon your fishing gadgets and learn all the parts and functions of the fishing equipment. You should learn how these parts work and how to dismantle and fix them if necessary as you can easily fix them up when you are in the waters.
To understand your fishing pieces of equipment; you will know the suitable fishing equipment you will use for each environment. You should note that there is suitable fishing equipment for saltwater and freshwater environments and also in handling different sizes of fishers found in different water bodies.
Thus, knowing the suitable fishing equipment to use can be an added advantage in helping you have pleasant fishing experience.
#2, Taking Proper Care of Your Equipment
It will only be right for you to keep your fishing equipment in good condition to ensure they will be in good working condition and use them for a long time. It would help if you washed the equipment after each use to ensure they will be in good working condition.
Taking care of your equipment also means using them for the right purpose only as they are very delicate material. The fishing rods and the fishing line should not be used for any other purpose as they are very delicate and will wear out and tear if used for other purposes.
Also, you should also consider the type of equipment you will use in fishing as using the wrong equipment in the wrong condition will cause the equipment to tear and wear. You should also consider the kind of environment you will use your fishing equipment as some equipment are
made specifically for a certain environment, for example, coated alloy materials are used in the saltwater environment to prevent the material from eroding when they react with the saltwater.
#3, Rigs and Rigging Your Equipment
As a beginner, the next step is to understand how to go about in the rigging of your equipment. The fishing rig will require that you tie the hook, leaders, baits, and lures along a fishing line and you can cast your line after you have completed this process.
You can get your guide to help you go through this process of securing your rig for the first time as you get used to the process. There are many different rigs with their different ways of gigging the line, and some can be difficult while others are simple to rig.
The knot is another important aspect of fishing you have to learn as a beginner to help secure your catch properly. You do not want to lose your catch along with your bait when your knot got lose when caught by a big game. Your knot should be strong enough to hold the weight of the catch as you hurled them up in the line.
There are three main common types of knot you can start with when learning how to tie a knot and they include Palomar knot, arbor knot, and improved clinch knot. With these simple knots, you can easily secure your hook properly to the line and secured enough to hurl your catch.
#5, Casting Your Line
As a beginner, you have to understand that there is more to throwing your line in the water to catch a fish, you have to learn how to cast properly. You can put the bait where it can get to the fishes. With spinning tackle or spin casting, you can cast your line further and reach greater depth to catch bigger fish.
With the proper guidance, you can learn how to use the spin casting and with the right kind of knot, draw big fishes to the surface. When you are learning how to cast as a beginner, you should learn away from people in an open area as you throw your line to get the hang and feel of the casting. With enough practice, you will be able to cast farther and deep when you hit the waters.
#6, Safety Tips
When you go fishing, there are some tips you have to consider for your safety, and you should consider the following tips as a beginner:
- As a beginner, you should always fish with a companion especially with someone that had much experience as you to help you get along with fishing.
- You should always be careful in handling your equipment especially since they are sharp at the edges to ensure that you do not cause yourself any injuries.
- You should not cast your line around people and ensure you look properly before you cast your line to prevent an accident.
- You should return fish or catch to the water if you do not have the intention of eating them or if they are amongst any of the endangered species.
- You should understand the laws guiding fishing in your location and ensure you adhere to these laws.
- Whenever you catch a fish below the size recommended under the law, you should ensure to return it to the water.
There are many places you can go fishing and have a good time, but you should ensure to take care of the environment as well. It would help if you avoided leaving the plastic container, your hooks and lines, and other equipment that can affect the water bodies behind.