Before we get into how to improve your fishing skills, there are three things you have to know how to do.
- You need to know how to correctly set up your fishing pole.
To be able to fish you need to know how to have your fishing pole ready for use and how to fix it if anything happens to it.
- How to correctly tie a hook onto the fishing line.
Depending what kind of fish you’re trying to catch will depend on the type of hook you will use. With that being said, you need to know how to easily change out the hook. There are serval different types of knots to tie a hook with. A couple of knots are the Clinch knot, Palomar knot, turtle knot, etc…
- Baiting your hook.
Your bait is the best thing when it comes to fishing. If your bait is not hooked on good enough to will fall off, or the fish will not bite.
Now that we know what the basics are it time to get into seven ways to improve your fishing skills.
7. Picking The Right Spot
When picking the right stop, there are three things you have to consider.
- Pick a place you’ll enjoy spending several hours outdoors.
If you’re going out for hours every day, you’re going to want a spot that you will always enjoy and not get bored of. If you hate the spot your fishing in then, the outcome of the trip will not be what you’re looking for.
- Place you’ll have a high probability of catching fish.
You always want to do a little bit of research on the best places to fish around your location. Public lakes, rivers, and ponds are usually your best bet, but it varies depending on your location. Talk to other fishermen at your local sporting goods store to get some tips on locations for fishing.
- Pick a quiet spot.
When you’re out fishing, you don’t want to be around loud noise that will scare the fish away. I prefer going out on the river where nobody is around. It’s a beautiful view and is quiet.
6. Using The Right Bait
Be aware of what fish you are trying to catch and what kind of bait attracts them. The wrong bait could mean a very long uneventfully day, not the way you want to start your day. There are so lures you can use instead of bait. Since there are many different types of fishing its important to know what bait or lures to use. Check out the top 3 lures below.
- Curly Tail Grub
These are the best fishing lures of all time. They are cheap, easy to use and work very well (in various sizes) for just about anything that swims in freshwater or inshore saltwater.
- Dardevle Spinnie
The Dardevle Spinnie is basic for bass, larger trout, and more. First, attach it to your line with a small snap to give the lure a free-ranging wobble. Second, avoid the common mistake of a steady retrieve. Use rod-tip twitches and brief pauses to give the spoon an erratic darting action.
Not only does the original floating Rapala work for all kinds of fish-“it also often works better than anything else. Trout, bass, walleyes, and pike all love these things. Among various sizes, I most often pick a size F11 in basic black over silver for both bass and trout.
5. Cheap Is Better
When I say cheap is better I’m referring to bait, lures, rods, and reels. When you’re learning how to fish you will most likely lose a few lures or break a few rods. If you are using cheap lures or rod at first and you break/lose them you have a less likely chance t0 be upset then if you were using a couple of hundred dollars rod/lure.
If you’re fishing lures that you worry about losing, you’ll never put them in danger, where the fish live, and where they can work for you. Cheap lures fished in the right areas work better than expensive lures fished in “safe zones.” I have found these are the best reels for there money.
- Shimano Stradic FK Spinning Reel
The Shimano Stradic FK is a top rated open-faced reel from Shimano that is both reliable and affordable. The Stradic FK reel is constructed with high-quality material with a few plastic parts on the low-stress areas making it lightweight without sacrificing strength. The MSRP is $180
- Shimano Sienna FE Spinning Reel
The new improved Sienna FE comes packed with some of the latest developments in fishing reel technology. These exciting technologies combined make the FE spinning reel high-performing, lightweight and durable. The MSRP is $28.74-$136
- Penn Pursuit II Spinning Reel
Durability, smoothness, and performance are the core feature anglers expect from Penn and the Pursuit 2 couples it all in a sleek body. The Penn Battle II is designed for anglers looking for a high-end reel at an affordable price. The MSRP is $39.03
4. Be Prepared
Always be prepared for anything when going fishing. You never know what the fish are going to do. You never know what lures they want, you never know what the weather is going to do and how it’s going to affect the fish. The more prepared you are, the better chance you have of being a successful fisherman. Always bring these three things what you.
- A Full Tackle Box
A full tackle box contains extra line, hooks, bobbers, sinkers, plastic worms, lures, needle nose pliers, first aid kit, sunscreen, and a line cutter.
- Sharp knife
Having a sharp knife on you is important because you never know when you’ll find yourself needing it for important or stupid things.
- Extra Rods And Reels
When your 10-20 mile into the river and your rods or reels breaks your not going to want to turn around and waste time to grab a new one, so it’s important to always bring extra rods and reels.
3. Interpret The Signs
The sea/lake often looks like an empty expanse of blue, but in reality, it’s loaded with signs that will point you towards fish. Here are a few signs.
- Sea Birds
One of the most obvious on the sea is the presence of seabirds. By knowing a bit about each species, you will be able to interpret their behavior.
When fish are feeding on the top, they will leave bubbles behind but you have to be careful because it could also just be turtles
2. Have Confidence
It is important when your first start fishing to have confidence. Catching fish isn’t a walk in the park. You will not catch a fish every cast and some days you might not even catch a single fish. With that being said it is really important to have confidence. The best way to do that is to tell yourself the next cast is the one!
1. Practice Your Cast
Before you go fishing, you want to always practice your cast. This way they are making quality casts on the water and, hopefully, catch quality fish! While great gear (rod and line) will certainly help one’s cause, it is not a magic bullet and no substitute for simply becoming a good caster. When trying to have the perfect cast there several things to consider. For example your grip, setup, and rod or all thing that determine your cast. Keep an eye out for a separate article on have to get the perfect cast.