Fishing is one of the most popular leisure sports. Apart from being an adventurous activity, it is a prefect way to relax and unwind amidst scenic vistas and scintillating streams of water. You can enjoy fishing with your dear ones and re-strengthen the bond along with building some cherishing memories for the future. However, for fishing one requires to follow some basic instructions, in the absence of which it will be extremely difficult to enjoy the sport. To be deft at catching fish, one also needs practice, which enhances your chances of chasing them. So, if you are wondering how to fish, read the instructions given below.
Basic Fishing Instructions
- The first step towards fishing is choosing a fishing location. Make sure you choose a place where there are fishes present. You can enquire about the same at angling shops, marinas and camping supply stores in the area.
- After the selection of the location, choose your bait and your hooks. It’s necessary because once you have the idea of the type of fish; you can easily catch them by picking the right bait.
- Remember, the smaller the hook the better the chance of a bite. Also, a very thin line results in more bites. Learn how to make a hook knot, which is at times difficult with small hooks.
- The choice of fish bait can include insects, aquatic life and million other options. You can use worms, salmon eggs, grasshoppers or synthetic baits like Power Bait, etc.
- Before fishing, start feeding some bait around the fishing place. Repeat it regularly especially in swift streams.
- If the location is a small river or stream, it is best to attach weights to your line about 12" above your bait. This way you will keep your bait about an inch above the floor of the water, which is exactly where the fish hunt.
- If the location is a lake or a large, slow river, use a bobber. It is a bright colored plastic device that floats on the surface of the water. It can be easily attached to your line and should be placed above the bait. To direct the fish towards the bait, shorten and lengthen the distance between bait and bobber or even adding small weights.
- After this, cast your line and wait for a bite. The bite can be determined by touch, by watching a loose line or a bobber or by attaching a bell to the end of your rod. Once you catch a fish, feed a little extra as fish often live in smaller or larger groups that should stay around.
- Have patience and wait for a bite. If you do not get a bite, try casting somewhere else and wait again.
- Once you feel a tug on the line, hook the fish. Do this by simply giving your fishing rod and the fishing line a quick jerk backward and up. If you have a fish on line, it will fight back and your line will follow the movements of the fish.
- Gradually, pull the fish in by pumping and lifting the rod vertically while simultaneously reeling. Don't use the reel to pull in the fish. Keep tension on the line to ensure that the hook remains in the mouth of the fish. Use the rod to steer the fish to open water.
- Get a hold of the fish, which can be done by using a net. Keep the fish in the water if you plan on releasing it. If you plan to eat the fish, get the fish out of the water as quickly as possible and take the hook out away from the water. Remove the hook.
- Repeat the process and check your line for damage and/or re-baiting your hook.