Fishing was initially an activity as a means for survival. It only became a sport around 2000 BCE. For instance, the Egyptians used a variety of tools including nets, lines, and rods to catch their prey. Then, silk lines with bamboo rods and hooks created from needles were introduced around the 4th century BCE. Around this time, cooked rice was used as bait!
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Today, fishing has evolved into a whole industry with all sorts of fishing tools and gadgets. Nevertheless, good ol’ fishing does not have to be over complicated for you to have a good time. In fact, you can easily pick up a simple rod and still reap the multitude benefits of fishing! Below is a quick and easy fishing guide for beginners that anyone can use for a pleasant fishing experience.
Find A Location
First and foremost, a little planning is crucial to ensure you pack the right gear and equipment for the right type of location. There are different types of fishing including freshwater fishing, shore fishing, saltwater fishing, etc. Depending on your location, you will most likely want to fish at the most accessible body of water near your jurisdiction. If it is your very first time fishing, finding a convenient public fishing spot would be best to (figuratively) get your feet wet. This way, you can solely focus on what’s important, fishing!
Freshwater – Perfect For Beginners
Freshwater fishing is usually the most common. It is also perfect for beginners as it requires minimal equipment, and you can also fish from land (on shore or on a bridge). Most publicly accessible spots are freshwater. Freshwater fishes that you may encounter are such as bass, catfish, salmon, trout, and crappies to name a few.
The beach is also a great option for fishing for beginners as there are literally plenty of fishes in the sea. However, saltwater fishing requires more specialised equipment. If you do wish to embark on a saltwater fishing trip, it is best to consult a professional on the necessary equipment and safety procedures before heading out.
What Should You Pack
Once you determine where you will be going for your first fishing trip, it is time to assemble the necessary equipment. As a beginner, you probably won’t want to spend too much money on your first trip. In fact, you don’t need to spend much at all if you are fishing from shore.
Here are the essentials:
In certain states, a fishing license is required. Be sure to verify your state’s regulations and ensure you get the necessary documentations beforehand.
Rod And Reel
Then, for the most basic tools that even dates back to the 4th century BCE, you need the classic rod and reel. For adults, you can use a spinning rod and reel. If you have kids tagging along, they can also join in the fun with a rod and reel combination. The rod you settle with should fit snugly in your hand.
For beginners, closed-face reels will be ideal. Open-faced reels are usually used by professionals for further casts. For those who prefer a portable rod for convenience, you can also choose a telescopic rod.
As for your line, a monofilament line is the most popular go-to line for various reasons including affordability, strength, and durability. It is also easy to tie, stretchable, and it floats! Made from fluorocarbon, it can remain invisible in water so as to not scare away the fishes.
You can find live bait in most tackle shops or even sporting goods stores. The usual baits are like crickets, nightcrawlers, and minnows. If you can’t find any live bait, plastic artificial bait can also be used if you choose soft bait.
Hooks And Weights
Hooks and weights typically come in combo kits with a variety of different types and sizes. This is perfect for beginners as you have hooks to catch all types of fishes from smaller fishes to bigger fishes. Circle hooks are also a good option if you are planning on catch and release as it does not harm the fishes.
Other Things To Pack
Other essentials that you should pack include clippers for cutting your line when necessary, pliers for hook removal, and a bucket to store your baits and fishes.
As you can see, fishing does not have to be complicated at all! If you’re just embarking on your first fishing trip, setting out with a simple rod and reel in the right location is sufficient to have a satisfying time.