What do you love about fishing? You can probably come up with a list as long as your arm, but did you know you could find even greater love, just by knowing more about what it takes to be a great fisherman? Read on for some tips to help you do just that.
Those who are using shad at the bottom would be wise to cut the tail off the bait. Bait that spins on its way to the bottom is not only unnatural and has the potential of scaring off the fish, but it can also tangle your line. Moreover, cutting the tail releases a scent that will lure fish to it.
Fishing should always be undertaken with a group of people who understand the importance of quiet. Unlike many other sports, fishing requires long periods of time with no sound at all and very little movement. This helps to lure the fish closer to your spot without scaring them off.
Caution should be exercised when drinking while fishing! While many people feel that fishing is the perfect sport for a beer or other alcoholic beverages, care must be taken, especially when fishing from a boat. Additionally, alcohol is a quick route to stupid, but serious mistakes, such as a hook in someone’s eye, or the loss of the day’s catch.
If you are just starting out with fishing, don’t overload your tackle box. You can find millions of different types of bait and pieces of equipment in the fishing supply store. Though they all serve a purpose, you don’t necessarily need every piece. Start with a handful of different types of bait and a few different sized hooks and weights. You can always add more later once you have fine tuned your list of necessary products.
Stream fisherman would be wise to start their fishing trips downstream, and make their way upstream as the day progresses. This is simply because fish tend to face against the direction of the current. By moving upstream you are lowering your chances of being seen or heard by your prey.
If you are concerned about the conservation of fish, then you could always catch them, and release them back into the water. Many people employ this method of fishing because it saves the lives of the fish, and it increases the chances that there will always be plenty of fish to catch.
Along with a camera, it is a good idea for catch and release fisherman to carry around a tape measure in their tackle box as well. This will allow you to properly measure your fish before you release it, giving you the option of creating a custom fish replica at a later date.
While fishing is an amazing hobby, it can be made even better by finding success more often. What we’ve written here provides you with all you need to know to better your technique and improve your skills, leading to more catches, larger catches and an overall, great time on the lake.