Do you love fishing? Cool! It’s a great hobby. But suppose, you planned fishing in the weekends, arranged fishing rods, tackle, bait etc. and then went to bed in excitement for the next day, rise early morning, gone for fishing, spent 5-6 hours in scorching heat, and at last you catch 3 tiny fishes 🙁 oops!!! Bad things happen in life, but lesson to be learnt. First thing is first, plan a fishing and get properly prepared for it.
Choose your fishing location carefully. Especially if you are a beginner. Ask in nearby fishing equipment seller shop or local bait shop to suggest a good location where there are plenty of fishes. Pay-per-catch or time bound ticket based ponds are very good options to start with, because it’s stocked with lots of fishes. You can also try for rivers or streams, lakes, ponds, reservoirs etc.
You need to know where fishes like to swim. Fishes love to swim near deep edges, weed beds, near artificial structures like sunken wooden or metal structures, boat docks, piers etc. and in naturally covered area like a shade from a fallen tree etc.
Bait is the food for fishes. Fishes gets bored eating same type of food in the water and they easily gets attracted to lucrative baits. But different fish likes different baits. You need a big baits like a grasshopper or a frog for a very big fish or small baits like worms for small fishes. Below are some lists of commonly used baits:
- Tiny frogs
- Grubs/Mealworms (insect larvae)
- Wax worms (moth larvae)
- Night crawlers
- Ant eggs
The best baits are the live baits. Live baits creates ripples/waves in the water and also spreads more smell than other baits and fishes gets more attracted towards it.
Main equipment for fishing are fishing rods, wheel/reel, fishing line, tackle, hook, bait etc. Fishing rods can be of two types. Plain wooden fishing rod or wheel fishing rod. If you are planning to catch big fishes you need at least 5-5 ½ feet alloy metal fishing with reel and line. Without wheel fishing rods, catching big fish is almost not possible. Either you line will break or you will not be able to fetch the fish to the shore. For the tackle you need multiple shank hooks (at least 2), spinners, clamp-on weights, floaters etc. You should also carry bait bucket with different type of baits and try to check which one is bringing you bigger fish.
Safety matters. Stay safe while fishing. Keep your spare hooks, fishing lines, any sharp tackle in a tackle box. Never ever fish from a bridge or side of roadways. Wear proper clothes to cover most of the body parts, you may need to sit for long under the sun. Use repellents to keep bugs/insects away but keep in mind, do not apply the repellent over hands. Fishes are very sensitive to smells. Handle fishes very carefully because fins are sharp and your hand may get cut. Carry plenty of drinking water.
If you do fishing for your hobby, you probably would not need to keep your catch. You should take a picture of the catch (of course if the catch is big enough to show off), unhook the tackle from the mouth of the fish very gently, and release the fish to water as quickly as possible. It also ensures that your favourite fishing location is always have plenty of fishes to catch.
Do not leave any trashes or fishing lines or any non-biodegradable objects in the fishing location. Garbage doesn’t look good in the outdoors and these objects can cause unusual deaths to fishes, birds, or any other animals if they eat it. So keep the nature clean.