Fishing can be an alternative for a bored city dweller, such as you, perhaps. If you do this activity as the country people do, you’ll surely feel that there is more than just fish in fishing. You must be able to spot your target’s movement, get it the right bait, and when you pull the reel, you have to put just enough strength in it, or the line will break. Fishing is a piece of art.
Now that you’ve got the romanticized idea of fishing, and yet you have never tried to do this sport before, here is a beginner’s guide for you!
Study Your Field
Before you can form your own fishing style, you have to feed your mind with useful and related information. Besides, there are many info portals these days, and all of them provide readers with various media. For instance, if you learn faster with visual content, then you should watch fishing channels on YouTube. The most recommended ones are:
- Robert Field
- Andy’s Fishing
- Fisherman’s Life
- Morning Tide Fishing
If you are an avid reader, then you should read fishing blogs. Brett Freese of Fishing Outcast started his blog in 2018, and his articles and guides there have gained an excellent reputation among fishing enthusiasts on the Internet. Therefore, it can be a place to start your research about fishing.
Get the Right Fishing Rod
First, in order to get the right fishing rod, you have to determine the target fish you want to catch. This task is not supposed to be daunting. All you need to do is to go to the nearest fishing spots and see what fish is available there. Small fish (1 to 4lb) requires a rod with extra sensitivity, which is the ultralight fishing rod. Above that measurement is the light fish (4 to 8lb). And as a beginner, you should not surpass 12lb fish, a target intended for a medium fishing rod.
Second, you must pay attention to the rod’s length. Contrary to what you may have believed, a short rod needs more expertise to control than the longer one. Short rods are usually used in a pond or river stream surrounded by woods. Therefore, you should buy a long rod instead.
Plan for Your Ride on the Water
If you plan to fish from the shoreline, then it is okay. However, please consider in mind that fish love to move around. And if they notice a commotion, they’ll definitely move to areas that cannot be reached from the land. Therefore, it is very common to see a fisherman bringing his own kayak/boat.
In your case, you should determine if you want to row a kayak, canoe, or use a motorboat when you fish. Usually, kayaks are the best fishing vessel for beginners since they are affordable, versatile, and lightweight.