There is nothing quite like fishing. This is one of the most relaxing and fun things you can learn to do. Even a beginner can be catching fish their first time out as long as they are taught the basics. There’s something so calming about watching the water and waiting for a bite. The tools you use, the bait required, and where to fish will all depend upon what type of fish you are after. Fishing can be as simple as a bamboo pole and a worm or very extravagant with electronic fish finders, graphite poles and Shimano reels. Whatever you decide, you can be sure you will have a great day on the water.
Freshwater fishing is usually the best way to introduce a beginner to fishing. It is very popular and not very expensive to get started. A beginner can get started fishing with just a very simple set up. This will include a fishing rod, a reel and some fishing line. You should also add some hooks, weights, and some bait. Depending upon the type of fish you are after, you can also add some bobbers and even some lures.
It may be best to start with an inexpensive rod and reel combo that already has the line loaded onto the reel. A spinning reel is the easiest to learn and is a lot of fun to cast. If you do not know a fisherman to help you outfit your first set of fishing gear, you can ask at the bait shop or get some advice from another local fisherman. While you are talking to this fisherman, also see if he will tell you about some good fishing spots. Until you know you are going to enjoy this sport, do not worry about spending a great deal of money on equipment.
Another absolute must before you start fishing is a fishing license. If you are fishing and a local game warden stops and asks to see your license, you had better be able to provide one or be prepared to pay some hefty fines. A fishing license is not expensive and to start out you may just want to get one for the day inc case you end up not having as much fun as you had hoped.
It is also recommended you take some time to read up on local and state fishing regulations. Again, it would not be good to be over the limit when you meet up with the game warden.
Once you are on the water, either on a boat or on the bank or dock, take care to wear sun protection and sunglasses. The sunglasses can actually serve two purposes. They protect your eyes from the bright light and can also help you see the fish below the water.
As for which bait to use, it will again depend upon the fish. Worms are always a safe bet, especially if you are fishing for catfish or bream. These are two fish which put up a fight and make it fun to fish. Try not to worry about catching a fish and think about how much fun it is to be outside, on the water and enjoying the sunshine.
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