Beginners Fishing Guide. As a beginner, you will find fishing from the docks is easier than from your boat. The surface is steady and you have got all your gear set out in the open. With that being said, you might wanna learn some basics of fishing first. It’s not that easy as they show in the movies. What they don’t tell you is how difficult it can be to choose the right bait or what to do if your reel jams. These are just some of the things that you need to know so that you have smooth fishing experience.
Early summer is the best time to fish because you don’t need to cast your reel far. During this season, fishes tend to come to the surface where water is cold. They gather in shoals in search of food and that’s when you can strike.
The 6-Step Process of How to Fish
To make it easy for you, we have divided this blog into two parts. This first part will cover the basics of fishing, which include choosing the bait, setting the hook, and adjusting the drag. The next part will cover casting, reeling in the catch, and landing the fish.
Step #1 Choosing the Bait
- If you are fishing in freshwater, baits such as minnows, worms, leeches, grasshoppers, and crickets are the best
- If you are fishing in saltwater, baits such as squid strips, shrimp, crabs, sea worms, eels, and fish pieces are the best
- Make sure that your bait is live when casting in the water
- If choosing imitation bait, go for spoons, flies, jigs, poppers, and spinners
Step #2 Setting the Hook
Reeling your catch in too early can loosen the bait and the fish might escape. To know when to set the hook, look for these signs:
- The bobber is completely submerged in water
- You feel a sharp tug on your line and then the line starts moving
- Keep your reel lose while rolling. This helps you feel whether the fish has taken the bait or not
Step #3 Adjusting the Drag
- Drag occurs when you have set the hook and you pull too hard. This causes the line to break and adjusting it while the fish has taken the bait, can be quite difficult. Here’s how to do it before:
- Test the reel outside the water by pulling on the line
- Adjust the drag by pushing the right button a few times. If you feel the line is too tight, loosen it up a bit by turning a few times to the left
- Always keep the line loose rather than tight because this will give you the chance to completely hook the fish
Now that you know what you need for your fishing experience, all that is left to learn is casting. Then, you can easily pack your gear and make your way to any one of the boat docks near you.