Many people have hobbies that seem to cost a lot and take up a lot of spare time. Fishing, on the other hand, is a hobby that you can do with equipment ranging from the most simple to the most expensive and complex. It can be done from the shore of a lake or off the back of an expensive boat. Read on to find out more about this relaxing hobby that truly offers something for everyone.
Different kinds of fish like different kinds of food. So think about the kind of fish you what to catch and match the bait for that fish. You will never ever catch a salt water fish using fresh water bait or a fresh water fish using a salt water bait.
When you are fishing in clear water, there is no need for large or flashy lures. In fact, the more subtle your bait is the better since fish can already see it clearly. Consider reducing not only the size of your bait but also of your line and sinker to get a more natural look.
When fishing for trout or other freshwater fish remember that insects are their primary diet. You want to be out fishing when insects are at their most active time of day. That means early morning and just before sunset are the most effective times for this type of fishing. So, fish at dawn and dusk to increase your odds of a good catch.
Be sure to use correct casting technique when you are fly fishing. You need to have approximately 20 feet of line out in front of you when you cast. Try to avoid jerky motions, and cast a straight line. Most importantly, try to relax so your tense muscles will not ruin your casting.
Take a set of paddles with you on your fishing trip, especially if you are using a boat that is old. Sometimes, your boat may break down, in which case you will need to manually paddle back to land. Paddles can help save you from a disaster in the event of an accident.
Some people keep the fish that they catch for eating purposes. However, others prefer to fish using the catch and release method. If you are the latter, then firstly wet your hands, next you need to very gently remove the hook from the fish. Finally, the fish can be returned to the water and let go.
If you want to fish for brim or blue gill fish, try using a light weight fishing line and a smaller hook. Try fishing in the shallows of the water like around marinas, coves or banks. Live crickets and earthworms are a favorite bait to use to catch this type of perch fish.
When fly fishing, do not pull back too far on the backcast. If you go back too far and hit the water behind you, all the fish in the area could scatter. As you bring the rod back, stop at the 1 o’clock position. This helps the line straighten out. When you start your forward cast you will have much better control over where it lands.
Learn the role that the wind plays in the movement of fish. Smaller fish are strongly influenced by the direction of the prevailing wind. When the wind comes from the north, for instance, they will end up in the southern part of the water. The larger fish will, of course, follow their prey.
As you can probably see, fishing is simple yet complex, and offers challenges for everyone, regardless of their experience or skill level. Fishing trips have been creating great memories for years, and using the tips above, you can now create your own pleasing memories about any of your outdoor trips to go fishing.