Freshwater fishing is fun, take a look below for an overview of fishing for beginner’s:
- Get a fishing license
Visit the website of the local area that you are planning to fish in, to get a license.
- Equip yourself
If you are new to fishing you should ask for customer assistance. You will need a fishing rod and reel, depending on your experience and if applicable, they will help you choose one that suits your individual needs, is within your budget and even show you how to activate the reel. A customer advisor will also assist you buying a fishing line and hook. In general, if the hook and line is smaller, the better the chance of a fish biting.
A suitable container, if you want to keep the fish for cooking later. Bear in mind, that if you do want to keep the fish for cooking, ensure you bring a protected species of fish identification guide with you.
You will need to use live bait to tempt the fish, such as:
- Salmon eggs
How to catch a fish
Before you start fishing, you will need to make a clinch knot, to do this:
- Thread the end of the line into your hook and tie it back toward the reel.
- The reverse it back through the loop and pull it tight.
- Attach the bobber to alert you of a fish biting as it bobs below the surface of the water.
Next cast your line. Practice makes perfect! Pretend you are skipping a stone across the water and release the line in the direction you want to cast it in.
- Quietly wait.
Do not scare the fish:
- Keep radios, mobiles, and other devices on low or silent
- Talk low
- Do not paddle your feet in the water
- Catch of the day
When your fish has taken the bait, jerk it firmly backward and up, which should set the hook. The fish will start flapping and your line will follow it.
Pump and lift the rod vertically while simultaneously reeling the fish in. Keep the line tight while using your arms to pull it toward you, then reel in the slack line.
When you have reeled in the fish, remove the hook and either toss it gently back into the water, or place it in an underwater cage.