So you want to go fishing. Fishing is one of the most relaxing outdoor activities, and can result in a significant amount of satisfaction, for a very small amount of effort, once you’ve learned the necessities. You’re going to want to make sure you get the right equipment, and understand how to use it. You’ll also want to research the best fishing locations in your general area, so that you don’t go to a pond that rarely has any action. We’ll start by breaking down the equipment necessary to make your first fishing trip a successful one.
A rod, of course
The most obvious piece you’ll need is a rod. Like anything else, fishing rods fall under the mantra of “you get what you pay for.” If you choose to select the cheapest rod from your local Walmart or other retail store, you’re likely to have some trouble with it early on. You don’t have to go for the most expensive rods available, but make sure you’re doing your research regarding what type of rod you’ll need for the type of fishing you’re doing. Are you fishing for trout? Bass? Or are you going deep sea fishing? These are all questions you’ll want to ask yourself when researching the type of rod you’ll be purchasing. Don’t skimp out, but don’t be fooled into buying a five hundred dollar rod just because it’s fancy. This is the most important step in your process – know what you’re buying, and do the research.
Once you’ve determined what you’re fishing goals are, and what rod you’ll be purchasing, you should think about the bait you’ll be using. Many peoples’ choice of bait comes down to personal preference, but it’s worth considering what people in your area are catching, and what kind of bait they’re using. Talk to some fishermen in the area, and strike up a conversation. If they’re using live worms or minnows to catch fish, think about doing the same for your first outing. Anything you can do to have success early on will only help motivate you to stick with the hobby, and see what it has to offer.
Second things are lures
If you’re going to go with lures or plastic worms, you’ll want to look into getting a moderate sized tacklebox to carry everything. You’ll want to buy your line, lead sinkers, hooks, and other accessories and have a place to store them as well. Most tackleboxes have dozens of compartments to make sure that all of your pieces stay separate and don’t get mixed or tangled up. With a tacklebox, you should do some research, but it won’t be as crucial as your rod or bait. As long as it stores your stuff without falling apart or imploding, you’re good to go.
Set-up is very important when it comes to fishing. You’ll need to know how to set up the rod with the line, sinkers, and hooks, which can be an intimidating and complicated process for a beginner. Thankfully there are plenty of guides that will walk you through the process with in depth imagery, which is necessary in this scenario, as describing how to put a line together through text ends up confusing and overwhelming. If you don’t do this step correctly, you risk ruining your rod when you catch a fish – if you even end up being able to cast it in the first place.
Learn to cast
Speaking of casting, this is another important ability to learn immediately. You’re not going to be able to catch a fish if you can’t get the line out into the water after all! The type of rod you get will come into play here. Spincaster reels are perfect for beginners, as they simply involve holding and releasing a button during the casting process.
Spinning reels are a bit more complex, and rely a lot on timing, but mastering them will help you cast out a lot further than you otherwise would. Spinning reels involve opening a bail during the casting process, and holding the line between your fingers. When you cast, you want to bring the rod backward over your shoulder, and then quickly forward, pointed in the direction you want to land. As it comes over your shoulder, release the line from your finger, allowing the line to fly off in the proper direction. After it hits the water, you close the bail back up, allowing you to reel the line back in when the time comes.
These are the basics you need to go out and have a fun and relaxing day of fishing. As I said at the beginning of this article, once you’ve gotten it down, fishing has one of the highest reward to effort ratios of any hobby. Everything about it becomes second nature, and then you can relax and enjoy your day by the water.
Here is an interesting video I’ve found on Youtube: