Learning how to fish in general has always been a trial and error process. Tips to help guide you along the way help with learning but to call yourself a fisherman takes someone that actually can look at a spot and determine if there’s a chance to catch a fish or not. Knowing what spots to look at can make all the difference when it comes to fishing.
The first tip is to use the correct setup for the application. By setup, I mean the rod and reel combination. The smaller the fish is that you are targeting the smaller the setup needs to be and vice versa. Having a seven foot rod, a large open face reel, and line that is rated for twenty pounds is totally wrong for catching bream or crappie. But that same setup may work well for catching catfish. Always size the rod, reel, and line to the fish. There will be times when you hook a big fish on a small setup and if you can land it, the thrill is that much greater.
Picking out the right bait is crucial when fishing. This may come as a trial and error process if you don’t have many friends that fish, or if you don’t trust your friends completely when it comes to fish stories. Fishing with the wrong bait makes for a long boring day. If you’re not sure which bait to use take along different kinds to try and if something isn’t working don’t try to force the issue. You have the choice to use live or artificial bait. If you plan on using live bait then make sure you keep the bait “fresh”. If you plan on using artificial bait then make sure you know how to fish the bait to make it more effective.
Plan your trip before you go. You can look online at different fishing forums to get a good idea on what is biting and what bait you will need to try. This can help you catch more fish faster than before. Also, you’ll need to be aware of the laws concerning different types of fish and their minimum sizes before you go fishing.