The chatter of wildlife, lapping of waves, and rustling of leaves are all relaxing sounds. The sound of a disappointed fisherman who comes home without his fish isn’t! Follow this advice if you do not want to be that guy, the one where the great fish always got away.
If you are looking at taking up fishing as a new hobby,the first thing you need to do is to invest in a quality grade rod and reel combination. Buying bad quality equipment will only discourage the fishing process if it breaks; however, it is not important that you buy the stop of the line to start with either.
When you are choosing your fishing rod, be sure the eyelets that hold the line are smooth. They should not have any kind of abrasive feel. Any roughness with the line could cause it to weaken or to snap at that vital point when you have caught that big fish.
A great fishing tip that all fisherman can use is to practice different types of casting. It is important to learn to cast from different angles and distances to give yourself the best chances of presenting your bait in the exact location you want to. The difference between a bite and nothing can often be a few inches.
Fishermen that are willing to catch their own bait and want something other than earthworms, would be wise to chase down a couple grasshoppers. Placed on an unweighted line and allowed to wriggle around on open water, these bugs are almost sure to attract some big bass when cast over deep, shaded fishing areas.
One of your best friends, when you fish, are clouds. When there is an overcast sky, there is dark water, which causes the fish to look for food they can’t see. The extended length of time that the fish are visible during their meal times will enable you to lock in to their location more quickly. Be certain that the water is of high enough temperature for the fish to be swimming.
To test the sharpness of your hooks, use your fingernails! Just lightly drag the hook across your nails and see if it makes a scratch. If it does, your hook is sharp enough to do its job, but if it doesn’t, you’ll need to either replace the hook or sharpen it again.
Never panic no matter how big the fish you’ve caught! Large fish can put up a fight; don’t reel them in immediately or you risk your rod breaking. Instead, let your line out and allow the fish to expend it’s energy. When it is tired, you can reel it in gently.
Select the best type of line. The best type of line for fishing is in the range of 4-8 pound test. Less than four pounds, your line will break with larger fish, and higher than eight pound, in calm waters the fish will see it and it will deter fish from biting. So unless you are going deep sea fishing for large trophy fish, your best line will be between 4-8 pounds.
If you are looking for a good catfish bait with a more subtle smell than the classic stink bait, then consider casting out with hot dogs. Work just a chunk over your hook, cast it lightly then let it sink to the bottom and sit until you get a bite.
Once you have hooked a fish and it starts getting closer to your boat, drop your rod and reel. It should be at waist level. In case the fish swims under your boat, place the tip of your rod in the water and follow the fish. Watch the fish if you can and wait until it gets tired. When it is tired it will roll to its side.
If it is really windy while you are casting your fishing rod, put a little tension on the line right before your lure hits the water, and this will help keep your line straight and prevent it from getting caught on any obstacles as the wind is blowing. You might also have to keep putting a bit of tension on the line as you are fishing to avoid the wind causing too much slack in your line.
When your friends and family see you coming home with fresh fish for dinner, you will be glad that you spent the time to read this article. All of the tips that have been provided here will assist with your skills as a fisherman.