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Make Fishing Fun With The Right Mindset & Tools

February 14th, 2014 by ironcooker

Make Fishing Fun With The Right Mindset & Tools
Many people love fishing. Often, it’s not just catching fish that makes them happy, although that does give you a lot of satisfaction!  Avid fishers love the peace of being out in nature, casting the line, and watching the ripples in the water. After hooking a fish, they love the excitement and tension of struggling with their prey.  Fishing is really a very simple sport, but success is a matter of the right mindset and the right tools.

Equipment Choice

Fishing EquipmentThe type of equipment you’re using makes a huge difference.  First of all, think about how far you’ll have to cast your line from the spot you’ll be fishing from.  Once you have this information, you can determine what rod length is appropriate.  Remember that rods aren’t “one size fits all.” When you’re choosing a rod, keep in mind factors like weight, flexibility, and how the fish you’re looking for reacts when it’s on line.

When you’ve got a rod that you’re comfortable with, you’ll need a reel.  Just like with rods, you have your choice from many types and styles. Lots of fishers prefer a closed-face reel.

Think about the size of the fish you want to catch when you choose fishing line. You should also keep the distance you are covering in mind.  A large, fast fish can quickly peel your entire line.

Bait and Lures

Fishing Bait & LuresOnce you have chosen the correct rod, reel, and line, you’ve got to pick the right bait and lure.  The bait should always be fresh– never fish with old, stale bait or bait that is falling apart.  If the bait is disintegrating, it’s really hard to cast your line because the bait will come off.  If you need a chum line, that’s where you want to put all the old bait.

You also have the option to use a lure instead of live bait. Lures work well for fly fishing.

You can get live bait from a variety of places.  Fishing stores or bait shops sell live bait. You can also get it for free by digging up worms or catching small bait fish with a net.  Just remember that certain types of bait or lures match with different fish.  Think about what you want to catch, and then choose your bait.

Time and Location

Time & LocationNow that you’ve got your equipment, think about when you want to go fishing.  Most fishers like to go in the early morning or in the evening.  Fish are more active and hungry at these times.  In full daylight, fish are probably hiding from predators.  Night fishing under a full moon might work best for other types of fish.  Ask a local expert, especially since the seasons can affect how active your fish of choice are.

Next, consider your location.  Steer clear of areas that are polluted, dangerous in any way, or extremely hard to access.  Try to look for key habitat areas like overhangs from the river bank or gutters running parallel to the beach.  These areas generally have a large fish population, and you’ll be more likely to succeed in catching something.

The Best Advice?

The best fishing advice is actually very simple.  Find a nice location and get comfortable.  Wet your line.  Let yourself relax, and just enjoy the experience.

These simple steps have helped many to be a more successful when fishing, and they can help you too. Have you had success with certain types of fishing equipment? Do you have any helpful tips, tricks, or advice for other readers? Let us know in the comments below!

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