You have decided that you want to learn to fish. Whether it is for relaxation or to provide for your family, there are several ways of learning – the hardest being trial and error. It would be best to find an instructor for one-on-one lessons. If you don’t want to go that way, here are some basics to keep in mind.
1. Buy a Reference Book or Hop Online
A lot of good books are available at your bookstore and online. Any book should give you instructions as well as terms and definitions. Some things you may not immediately understand, but you should read through anyway. Learn how to tie different kinds of knots. This knowledge will be invaluable for other purposes throughout your life, not just used for fishing.
2. Buy Seasickness Medication
If you are starting in the fishing world on a boat, nothing is worse than ruining it because of seasickness. Seasickness isn’t just when you are in the sea, it can be when on any body of water. The good thing is that most over the counter seasickness medication is fine. Even seasoned fishermen are known to take some on rough days. Take one before you go to sleep, another when you wake up and a third one before you board.
3. Go to a Fishing Party
There are party boats that carry from fifteen to as many as sixty anglers. The boat provides everything needed including bait, rod, reel, sinkers and hooks. They assist you in fishing and take the fish off the hook for you. Guides will help you and will stay close to assist you. Party boats generally will cost you $25 – $70 a day, and the fish are yours to keep. The party boat is a bargain for beginners.
4. Pick Your Pier
Assuming you have already acquired skills to operate a rod and reel, you need to look for a fishing pier. A majority of coastal cities have at least one public pier or pay-to-fish pier. You can rent tackle and buy bait at the piers. If you’re having trouble, there are many pier anglers willing to help and give you tips.
5. The Reel Deal
The conventional reel is probably what you’re using up to this point. The conventional reel is designed for a lot of wear and tear. You may now want to consider other types of reels. Ideally you have met people and perhaps made a friend or two who can assist you in selecting a one that fits your style of fishing. If you have no friends or family that fish, you can always ask a tackle shop owner for tips.
To summarize things, you need to understand the mechanics of the reel and other equipment. Learning to cast, tie knots and bait are not that complicated, but necessary and useful. Next, you need to learn where to fish. Successful fishers know where the fish are located. Fish move from place to place and knowledgeable fishers understand these patterns and are able to anticipate where the fish are located.
This was basic, but learning the basics is always a great place to start. Good Luck!
Chef Bobby is a Chef and Cookbook Author. He loves to share his knowledge of cooking and handling of fish with our community.