A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing

Fishing is a great way to relax and connect to nature. Before venturing out, you'll need to make sure you have the right equipment and know how to get started.

What You'll Need

You'll need to start by getting all the basic supplies for fishing. For starters, you'll need to get a fishing license for the state you plan to fish in. The next step is to purchase the necessary equipment. The following are the basics.

  • Fishing Rod - There are several types of rods to choose from. The most popular is a casting rod that allows you to place your bait accurately in the water. As a beginner you may want to use a spinning rod, which is similar to a casting rod but is lighter and smaller. Finally, an old fashioned cane pole can be used for fishing in shallow water.
  • Fishing Line - Fishing line connects the hook to the reel.
  • Fish Hooks - Fish hooks are attached to the end of the line.
  • Bait and Lures - Bait can be live, such as worms. Artificial bait is called lure.
  • Tackle Box - Tackle is basically any equipment used for fishing. A small tackle box should include your baits, lures, sinkers, bobbers, hooks, and lines.

Where to Go

The next step is finding the best places to go fishing. Ponds, lakes, and rivers are all choices for freshwater fishing. Lakes and ponds are the best areas to catch large mouth bass. Trout are more likely to be caught in rocky rivers and streams. Catfish can be found in almost any body of water. It's important to note that mornings and evenings are considered the best times of the day to fish.

How to Get Started

There are a few basic things you'll need to know to make sure your fishing expedition is a success. You may want a trolling motor on your boat. These are used to move your boat through the water as quietly as possible. Once your fishing pole and line are secured, you tie the hook to the end of your line. Several inches above that you attach your sinker. The bobber goes on above the sinker. Finally, attach your preferred bait to the hook. The bait you use will depend on what type of fish you're trying to catch. For example, cheese is good bait for catching carp. Worms are good for several types of freshwater fish. Casting is the skill of releasing the fishing line when throwing your bait into the water. You'll want to bring the rod back so the tip sweeps over your shoulder. Then bring it back quickly and aim for your target in the water. As the rod is coming forward, release the line.

Following these few simple steps will enable you to enjoy your time out on the water!