Fishing 101: How to Catch Your First Fish This Summer
Summer beckons for fun times, and by that, we do not only mean going to the beach or going on a hike. Warm days call for a fishing adventure too!
Fishing may seem intimidating and complicated to first-time anglers, but the truth is, it is quite the opposite. With the right equipment and knowledge, you’ll wish you had started angling sooner. In this article, we will help you learn the ropes of fishing so you’ll be able to catch your first fish by this weekend!
If you’re still thinking about wetting a line this weekend, let us tell you a few reasons as to why over 45 million people in the United States enjoy this hobby.
Firstly, it’s a form of relaxation—a way to be one with nature. The calm, serene fishing setting allows you to take off your mind from your problems for a while.
Next is its accessibility. You don’t need fancy gadgets to become an angler. As long as you’ve got a high-quality rod, line, reel, and baits, you’re good to go. Plus, there are a lot of public fishing areas around the United States. The only challenge is that you will need to have a fishing license first before fishing in these public fishing spots.
Lastly, fishing is associated with improved physical and mental health, since it is a form of exercise that doesn’t require much activity.
Fishing in summer
During summer, the rivers are usually warm, low, and clear. It can be more challenging to catch fish, but it has its advantages too. Summer will allow you to cover lots of ground and target as many fish as possible, especially those not buried deep in cover. It’s generally best to go fishing during the early mornings just before the sun is up.
Here are your fishing must-haves:
Valid fishing license – Each US state issues its licenses or permits through the state wildlife department, wherein you can choose various licenses from saltwater or freshwater fishing, or both.
Reel – A spinning reel is an excellent start for beginners.
Rod – Choose something light that’s enough for you. Ideally, your fishing rod should be the same height as you.
Fishing line – There are three main types of line: monofilament, fluorocarbon, and braided. The monofilament line is ideal for beginners since it is the most frequently used by anglers for its affordability and versatility.
Bait or lure – Baits will depend on the fish you are planning to catch. You can ask your local bait shops for better recommendations. Additionally, you can choose to catch your own live baits. For instance, minnows and worms are great for freshwater fishing. On the other hand, shrimp and other shellfish are better options for saltwater fishing.
Catching your first fish
First, go to a well-stocked pond, river, or lake. Find out which kind of fish are common in your choice of fishing spot.
Fish at places near moving currents or deep water. Look for spots with rocks, reeds, and logs, since these are where fish hide when they feel threatened.
Tie your hook on the line, jam the hook through your bait carefully, then cast your line by throwing the hook forward. Hold the rod with your dominant hand, then wait patiently for a fish to take a bite.
When you feel a tug, jerk the rod back to the air, similar to how you cast the line. Pull the fish from the water while spinning your reel. Lastly, place the fish in the net.
With these tips in mind, fishing can be your next favorite hobby. With proper research, you can finally go out and wet a line this summer!
Kenneth Reaves is a professional angler and a writer. He writes about his fishing tips and recommended fishing equipment on his website, Perfect Captain.