5 Imperative Beginner Fishing Tips That Will “Strike” You Into Success
It’s understandable that some outdoor activities like fishing don’t tickle everybody’s fancy. I get that. It’s my experience as an angler and my love for talking about fishing that tells me how many people get turned off to it right after they start. People that would otherwise love the beauty and wonder of fishing were it not for such a frustrating initial experience. I find it disturbing that people miss out on the inclusive and awe inspiring joys of fishing due to bad first impressions. These 5 beginner fishing tips will get you off on the right track and have you landing fish in no time.
#1 Have A Mentor / Fishing Buddy
Heck, have 2, 3, 4, or more fishing buddies. I mean the kind that have been fishing all their lives. The kind that take fishing so seriously, it seems their lives depend on it. I’m not joking here and there’s a reason I chose fishing buddy as my number 1 beginner fishing tip.
Nothing will advance your skills quicker than a friend who knows fishing. Someone who will take the time to watch what you’re doing, show you the intricacies of fishing, and correct you when you make mistakes.
I think people set unrealistic expectations about fishing because it looks so easy when others do it. Once you start dealing with reels, line, hooks, knots, rods, and bait, fishing doesn’t seem so simple. A well versed ally can teach you more about fishing than any possible tip I could give.
#2 Practice Your Setup
As every fisherman knows, setting up your gear will be repeated every time you go fishing. Sometimes you’ll need to change your setup in the middle of fishing. Get away from having others do this for you as quickly as possible. It makes no sense waiting for someone else when you could be fishing. Improve your ability to setup your rig by practicing at home. Here’s what you’ll need to do.
Start by making sure you have enough line on your reel and that the line is in good condition. Take it to any fishing store and have it replaced if need be, or learn to change it yourself (cheaper). Make sure your reel is securely fastened to your rod. Next, loosen your reel and run the line up through every eyelet of the rod. Be careful not miss any eyelets or feed the line in any way except for up and directly through each eyelet.
Last comes the tricky part and I can’t tell you exactly what to do here. You might choose the Carolina Rig, or a Drop Shot setup. Your line can be setup in different ways but it will require that you tie strong knots. There’s no getting around that. I prefer the Uni to Uni knot or a Blood knot for connecting line to line and the Improved Clinch knot or Palomar knot for tying line to hook. Whatever setup you choose, practice these knots. Getting good at them will save you from losing fish.
#3 Practice Casting & Line Control
You can practice this in any clear area but chances are a lot of it will be done on the water. Let’s be honest here. Your line can be the biggest pain in the but when fishing. It can tangle, abrade, snap, and wrap up inside your reel. Most of my concentration when fishing goes to my line.
One quick fishing tip for beginners is to use a spinning reel instead of a baitcaster. Baitcasting reels require a much finer touch when casting and take time to learn. You have enough to think about when you’re beginning so leave the baitcaster for later. Even spinning reels take some practice to cast.
Spinning reels are cast by pinning the line against the rod with one finger just above the reel. Once the line is pinned and held the angler flips up the bail which frees the line on the spool. Now the rod and reel are ready to cast. Casting is done by flinging the weighted end of the line using the flex of the rod for propulsion. The trick with a spinning reel is to let go of the pinned line at exactly the right moment. Some pick it up quick and some struggle, but practice will make you better.
#4 Spend As Much Time Fishing As Possible
My fourth beginner fishing tip can be tough for those who don’t have good transportation or don’t live close to any fishable water. Try to do the best you can and keep practicing what you can at home. Those of you who do have a fishing hole within reasonable reach should get down to it as frequently as you can. Finding new local spots to fish can be quite fun, just watch out for regulations and trespassing.
Fishing trips don’t always have to be all day excursions. Pack your fishing gear on your way to work and stop off for an hour or two on your way home. Have your fishing buddy meet you or go alone as long as it’s safe. Those short trips will really help reinforce the skills you’re starting to become familiar with.
#5 Start Getting Used To The Feel Of A Fish
At this point you’ve come a long way. You know how to setup your rig and tie strong knots that won’t break. You’ve been been practicing your cast and you’ve likely experienced some of struggles with line control I talked about. Time spent on the water is now starting to reduce episodes of bad casting or line screw ups. Let’s face it, you’re getting better at fishing. If you’ve come this far, chances are you’ve already hooked and even landed a few fish.
Fishermen who put in the time do trick larger size fish into biting. It’s a numbers game and it will happen to you. You might lose a big fish the first time you hook one. It hurts but it’ll be okay. Talk to your buddies and as you get better, start to watch them fish. They’ll teach you how to set your drag and move to keep your line in front of you. You’ll get better instinctively the more fish you hook.
Final Thoughts On Fishing Tips For Beginners – Bringing It All Together
Think of these 5 beginner fishing tips separately at first and follow them in order if you can. It won’t be long before they blend together and store somewhere in the back of your mind. This is the point where fishing opens up for people. Once the basics are down, the mind is free to simply fish. We take in the beauty of nature and become immersed in it after the first few casts. There’s nothing in the world quite like that feeling and I hope these tips encourage you to stick with fishing.