Friday, January 13, 2017

Fishing: How to Start

Okay, so you want to join the millions of fishermen (and fisherwomen) in their quest for fish but don't know where to start. Don't worry. I had this same problem when I began.

When you begin your research you see so many lures, hook, reels.... Well, you get the idea. Even though I had my boyfriend and father to help, I still did a lot of it on my own. You become confused as to what to buy, where to buy it, and how to put it all together. Before you start spending hundreds on lures you won't need, start simple. I'm talking basics until you get the hang of it. If you're not use to crankbaits or the like, it can get frustrating.

Now, where do we start?

FIRST and FOREMOST you will need a fishing license. All states require them, and before you even think about finding a fishing hole, you'll have to purchase one. Call your local parks & wildlife office or visit their website. Prices and regulations vary from state to state.

Well, you'll need a pole and reel.

If you're fresh water fishing (lakes, ponds, etc), it doesn't matter the size. I've caught fish with my 7 footer in a tiny creek. If you don't want to spend $100 on a fishing pole, then the cheapest one you can find will work for the time being. Remember. Keep it simple. Go with whatever you feel comfortable with because once you get addicted, you'll become well acquainted with your new "friend."

"What about hooks, bait, and that line stuff?" Patience, we'll get there.

Next IS actually line. You can't cast without it.
I must be honest, this is where your research comes in. Fishing line comes in all types of pounds (#s); and depending on the size of the fish you're shooting for will depend on the size of line you get. The bigger the fish the higher the pounds. Your local tackle and bait shop should be able to help you out.

I'm hooked on a feeling.... Okay, sorry. I was thinking of a hook pun and that's all that came up. But we are talking hooks and sinkers, or weights.
There are many sizes of hooks from very small to very large. The way the hooks are arranged in sizes can be VERY confusing, so here's a link explaining it. There are also many hook types, so familiarize yourself with them. The bigger the fish the bigger the hook you'll need. (I'll also explain why when we get to bait.)

Sinkers also come in many sizes and weights. What are they for? They keep your line from floating straight to the top. They keep your hook under neath the water for fish to find. The size of the weight depends on how deep the water you're fishing in is. Since both hooks and sinkers can take ages to explain, I'm also including a link explaining these weights.

Bait, bait, bait. There are many things in this world that can be used as bait. That picture? His name is Lemmy and he's a minnow. There are times we use these. Some fish will only go for live bait, so it's up to you on what to choose. Also, we're going back to hooks since it's essential. Your hook size will also depend on the size of your bait. If you hook your bait on a hook too small, your swimming friend may swallow the hook. Hook it on one too big, and they'll take the bait.

Now to put all this stuff in, you'll need a tackle box. That's pretty self-explanatory. They sell those practically anywhere. Buy one and you'll be good to go.

Luckily as I was getting back into the fishing game, I had help with some of it. It can and will be overwhelming at first, but don't stress out. You'll eventually get the hang of it all and even learn some new tricks of your own!

(Wee little note: This is just a basic how-to. Fishing requires a lot of doing your own research to see what works for you. Every state and city is different when it comes to dropping a line due to the different kinds of fish.)

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