Catching fish is something a lot of folks grow up doing with their family, but there are also quite a lot of folks who wouldn’t know the difference between a sinker and a bobber. Whether you are a seasoned fishing veteran, or you have never held a pole in your life, every fisherman could use some tips.
This article, however, will be geared more towards the new fisherman. Those who may have some small experience with fishing, but haven’t done it enough to know the ropes. So, let’s go over a few basic tips on how to catch fish that you can use in your search for that monster catch.
Tip No. 1- Make Sure To Get Your License
The first step in going fishing is to get yourself a fishing license. Without a license, you can be fined for illegal fishing at most any body of water you might fish. Only private ponds are exempt from fishing licenses in my state, but you want to be sure you check on your state’s rules on fishing licenses and any potential exemptions.
Some states do weekends where licensing is not required to fish anywhere in the state, but again, you want to be sure and check any local laws regarding game activities wherever you live. The last thing you want to catch when you go out fishing is a fine for fishing without a license. Licenses are inexpensive and available to everyone, so it is definitely something you want to have.
Tip No.2- Know What Fish Live Where You Fish
What a lot of people don’t realize about fish is that they are a lot like land animals in the way that they prefer certain areas and types of water over others, depending on their species. Some fish thrive in moving waters like rivers or streams while others do better in the depths of lakes, so you want to know what sort of fish prefer the type of water you are fishing to know what sort of fish you could potentially catch there.
Take trout as an example. These fish are more commonly caught in streams as they make their way to and from their mating grounds during mating season, so you would be hard-pressed to catch one in a lake at a dam, for instance. Knowing the fish that could be in the water can be a major advantage for you when searching for that monster.
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Tip No. 3- Use The Right Bait For The Fish You Are After
Another common misconception about fishing is that a worm will catch anything. While worms are a very popular choice among fishermen, some species of fish prefer other types of baits. Fish with larger mouths, for example, will be more likely to bite onto a larger, more filling bait as opposed to something as small as a worm.
Another important thing to consider is that some species of fish prefer their bait to at least look like it is alive, as they prefer eating live food to scavenging behavior. If you are looking to catch a specific type of fish, knowing their preferred foods can also be a major help in your quest for a massive catch.
Tip No. 4- Talk To Fishers When You Get The Chance
In most aspects of life experience counts for a lot, and fishing is no different. Experienced fishermen know the best methods, baits, and fishing holes, so whenever you get the chance to mingle with fishers and pick their brains, take it. The things they could tell you are guaranteed to be bits of gold as they have likely fished for years and have learned the local fish and what works the best in your area.
There are tons of websites and groups on social media where you can meet and have discussions with veteran fishermen, and it would be well worth the time and effort to find one to join or read. These can be treasure troves of valuable information about catching the biggest fish in the easiest ways, and you can likely find one for your local area. Catching fish is mostly a leisure activity, but catching the big one will certainly feel like quite the achievement when you reel it in.
All this said, nothing beats getting out there and ‘drowning worms’, as they say. Experience matters and none will make more of a difference to you than your own experiences. So, get out there and catch some fish!