Fishing can be an extremely rewarding and relaxing outdoor sport. The great thing about it is that you can go alone or with family and friends, depending on the kind of experience you want. It can be great to teach younger members of your family to fish, or just to relax with friends. You can even pull all nighters or fish for the whole weekend!

Get a License

Depending on where you plan on fishing, you may need a fishing license. This will totally depend on the country you are fishing in, and then the area. You don’t want to do anything illegal that could stop you from fishing altogether. It’s always best to follow the rules and fish legitimately if you want to do this in the long run. It’s usually fairly easy to get a fishing license wherever you might be. It may be a case of paying a small fee at the gate, or applying online.

Gather Your Equipment

You can’t fish without the right equipment. There are a few things you’ll need, including a fishing rod and reel. Just about any store you go to should be able to give you advice on the equipment you’ll need, right down to your hooks and clothing. When you get a little more experienced, you can purchase things like kayaks to heighten your fishing experience. The best kayak for fishing is likely to differ depending on what sort of angler you are, so make sure you do your research before shelling out for expensive equipment! Bear in mind that the most expensive equipment isn’t always the best, and everybody is going to have different opinions. You should read reviews from real people online if you want to get an idea of the best equipment. However, the best thing to do is trial it yourself!

Select Appropriate Bait

Now you have your equipment, you need to select an appropriate bait. You can buy live baits and even bait that you probably already have in your fridge. Maggots, shrimp, bacon, cheese, and pellets can all be good bait. Certain baits are good for different kinds of fish. Again, you’ll learn all of this with trialling them and practicing.

Watch Tutorials Online

Fishing can be very complex; probably more complex than you think. There’s a lot to setting up your rod and making sure you catch a large amount of fish. If you need some help, don’t guess. Watch tutorials online! These can be invaluable; a bit like taking professional lessons for free. Some may not think fishing requires this much effort, but it’s a sport like anything else. The more research and practice you do, the better.

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David Keep

Read Fishing Magazines

Buy fishing magazines and keep up to date with the best equipment and techniques in the fishing world at the moment. You can refer back to these if there’s anything you need to know.

Once you’ve started fishing, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. See you next time!

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