Though fishing has been with us from time immemorial, it is nonetheless not an easy undertaking for beginners. Every angler has a story to tell. Most of these stories are replete with both the joys and more importantly, the challenges that these beginners experience as they try to immerse themselves into what is otherwise an exciting and rewarding experience. Angling is very different other forms of fishing; since it is your personal effort that enables you to catch the fish. As a beginner what you need some insights and tips that will make your fishing experience fun and rewarding.
Just like with any other venture, to attain success in angling, you require adequate preparation. It is vital for you to know the necessary equipment that you need for your angling expedition. Ensure that you familiarize yourself with the equipment and establish how these equipment works.
The most critical equipment for you includes a rod, the reel, a hook and a line. Of course, you will also need to have your bait. You can choose from four main categories of fishing rods and reels namely: fly rods, spin casting, bait casting and spinning. To most people, spin casting is preferred as it is deemed to be the easiest to use Thus as a beginner it is recommended that you induct yourself into angling using the spinner. It is vital for you to know the mechanisms of using this equipment correctly.
The fishing line is the other vital component of your equipment; it connects you to the fish. There are numerous types of fishing lines; however the monofilament is the most preferable for beginners. It is affordable and works pretty well in most fishing environments. All fishing lines come in different strengths (pound test). This refers to the weight of fish that this line a comfortably handle. Select a fishing line that harmonizes with the type of fishing you envisage to undertake. Remember to always have a spare fishing line, just in case the one you are using looses its strength.
A challenge that faces many beginners is on the quality of the equipment to be assembled for effective angling. You don’t want to be frustrated by a malfunction reel or a fishing rod that give in to the weight of your prime catch. Ensure you get high-quality equipment that is inexpensive. One way you can do this is by checking out in online and offline (physical) stores and analyzing the product information and customer reviews for the equipment you need to procure.
Setting The Drag
The drag plays a significant role in this setup. It is meant to put enough pressure on the spool thus setting the magnitude of the force required to pull the line off the reel. Setting the drag correctly is critical. It is recommended that you set at approximately 25% less than the pound test of the fishing line you are using.
Your bait is put on the fishing hook. A bobber and bait rig is excellent for beginners since the bobber signals you when the fish takes the bait. Alternatively, you can also use natural or live baits such as minnows, crickets, and worms.
With the bait safely on the hook, the success of your fishing experience will now depend on how well you do your casting. Fish usually love coves such as under a rock or a felled tree; prioritize such locations as you do your initial castings. Caution is vital; ensure there is no one is close behind lest they are hit by your cast, check too for anything else that can get in your way as you cast.
Once you drop you sink your hook into the water, you will know that a fish is biting on it when you experience some significant movement on the line. At this point, it is highly likely that a fish, and hopefully no any other animal, is struggling to free itself from the hook. You can then raise the rod in a fast upward motion. This makes the hook penetrate even further into the fish’s mouth thus securing the fish firmly on the hook. It is now time to asses the size of the fish to establish the amount of force required to draw it out of the water without breaking the line. This is done by adjusting the drag, the bigger the fish, the more you loosen the drag. With the correct drag adjustment, pull the fish out of the water. Handle the fish with care as some fish have spines and teeth. Protect yourself from harm.
With these basic but very vital tips you can make your debut into angling fun, successful and memorable.