A Beginner’s Guide On How To Get Started With Fishing!

Fishing is a favorite pastime for many people. You can either select this activity for spending time with your loved ones or do it on your own to escape from the routine stressful life. If you are planning to go for fishing and do not know how to get started, then you have reached the right place! In this post, you will come across some easy steps and techniques that will help you to embark on an extremely fun activity. So, let’s begin!

fishing lures

  • Fishing License: The first step is to buy a fishing license in the state where you are planning to fish. There are some states that do not require fishing license. You will be able to get complete information about them online. Moreover, you can even purchase the license online and go fishing on the same day. You may even require a separate license for ocean fishing. Kids usually under the age of 16 do not require fishing license in most of the states. So, you need to check that out if you are planning to go fishing with a child.
  • Fish Species: There are innumerable species of fishes and identifying them is very important. You need to research well on all those fish species that inhabit in the place where you are planning to go fishing. This will help you to accurately execute the entire fishing process as you need to buy fishing gears accordingly.
  • Fishing Spot: Next step is to select an appropriate fishing location. You can take help from local fishermen or your friends who go for fishing regularly. They will be able to guide you on the right place where there is probability to find plenty of fishes. Moreover, you can even select an apt place where you will be able to find a particular species of fish. Some local municipal parks stock fishes in ponds. These fishes are available for anyone to fish. As a beginner, it is best to fish in such ponds as fishing in such locations is pretty easy. If you are looking for a secluded place for fishing privately, then ensure that you are not trespassing onto someone’s personal property. Moreover, you should not fish in a place that does not permit it.

fishing bait

  • Fishing Gear: In the beginning, it is better to keep it simple as far as fishing gear is concerned. Also, there are specific gears required for certain kinds of fishes. So, decide the species of fish that you are planning to catch and then buy the gear. Do not purchase lots of different kinds of gears. Just buy the necessary items like the ones mentioned below:
  • Graphite or fiberglass pole
  • Spool of monofilament fishing line
  • Few split shot sinkers
  • Some hooks
  • Tackle box with divided trays
  • Few plastic bobbers
  • Bait like minnows, red worms, crickets, etc.

You can either purchase live bait or buy synthetic baits like Power Bait. These artificial baits resemble and smell like live bait. However, fishes are more attracted towards live baits. Live baits can be bought from the local angling shop or you can gather them on your own in the lawn or along the banks of a stream.

fishing rod

  • Start Fishing: Once your fishing gear is ready, you can head to your fishing spot. As you have already researched on some great locations, you will certainly have an amazing fishing experience. Unpack the fishing gear and bait your hook with live baits. Ensure that you use the apt sized hook for the kind of bait you are using. You will require size-2 hook for small bait and size-3 hook for bigger bait. Once the fish is caught, make sure that you reel in the fish skillfully so that it is not lost.

Follow The Below-Mentioned Tips To Enhance Your Fishing Experience:


  • Many newspapers have local fishing reports, so keep a track of them to find out which locations and species are best for fishing each week.
  • If you like a particular part of water body and want to know what kind of fishes are around, then the best method is to throw some food scraps in the water and wait for a few minutes.
  • Most big fishes spend their day in deep water and come into the shallow water to feed. They do not spend much time in the shallow. So, find an appropriate area where deep water congregates with shallow water so that you can catch them as soon as they come there to feed.
  • You should always go fishing at the right time as most of the fishes come out to eat in mornings and evenings. So, sunrise and sunset are the best time to go for fishing.
  • If you are planning to cook the fish you catch, then make sure that the water is clean. Do not forget to carry a fish cage to keep the fish trapped in water. Usually, most anglers catch the fish, click pictures, and carefully release them back into the water. So, you can do that too! Moreover, learning to handle them gently and releasing the fishes quickly to their environment is very important.
  • While going for fishing in a boat, carry life vests, appropriate gears, as well as a boating license.
  • Few important things that you should carry for fishing are snacks, drinks, sunscreen, hats, bug repellant, camera, sunglasses, and rain jackets.
  • An advantage of using artificial lures to catch fish is that they do not smell when you leave them in the refrigerator for a long time.
  • If you are planning to release the fish back into the waters after catch, then you should always wet your hands before touching it and handle it gently. Also, bend down the barbs on your hooks by using pliers, so that removing the hook from the fish becomes easier.
  • Fishing at low tide is always a better option than fishing in high tides. This is because lower water level will entrap more amounts of fish; thus, enhance the possibility of catching one.
  • Be extremely careful while casting and removing the hook from a fish.
  • Learn a few vital fishing knots so that you can tie the leader to the fishing hook perfectly.
  • It is extremely important to clean your hands before touching the bait. Any scent on your hand can be transferred automatically to the bait. Fishes have a great sense of smell, so if they detect unnatural scent then they will not bite. Don’t forget to use an odor neutralizing soap and if you forget to carry one then rub your hands with dirt or grass before fishing.

catch fish

Fishing requires a lot of patience, dedication, and commitment for success. It is a great recreational activity that can be enjoyed equally by all age groups. Now that you know how to get started with fishing, you will surely be able to enjoy this fantastic adventure. Happy fishing!

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