Coasting in a boat or sitting on a grassy shoreline with your line cast out in the sun is a great way to spend the day. Although you must have some information beforehand, using these tips will help you become a fishing expert.
If you are fishing with a current, cast into the current and let it bring your bait to the desired area. This technique will make it more likely for you to get a bite. Be careful not to allow a lot of slack line to go into the water.
Make time to check your fishing line on a regular basis to make sure that it has not frayed, knotted or kinked. If it is then cut away the offending piece and then re-knot it onto the lure. You do not want to be reeling in a fish only to have the line snap.
If you are fishing on a river, you must understand that there is going to be a current that you must follow. Rivers are broken down into several pockets of fish, where you should position yourself to catch the highest volume. Positioning your boat in an area that is calm will help maximize your results.
Before you go out into the water, confirm that you have an anchor to support your boat when you are fishing. This anchor should be sturdy enough to hold your boat down so that the tide does not carry you. Invest in a strong anchor to set a strong foundation on your fishing trip.
A great tip for all fisherman is to stay relatively quite while you are on the water. Everyone has heard that loud voices can scare away fish, and while this is slightly exaggerated, making a lot of noise on the surface, particularly disturbing the surface, can indeed spook fish.
While learning to fish, get in the habit of observing your surroundings. You may start to notice correlations between environmental elements, and the luck you have with catching fish. For instance, if you hear frogs, there may be bass nearby. Look for clues in the weather patterns, sights, and sounds around you.
Walleye and smallmouth bass can be more particular about the live bait you use. It never hurts to pack a dozen or so leeches to shake things up. Keep the leeches alive in a ventilated cup or container that has a few inches of water inside.
Talk to the locals. If you are fishing in a new area, talk to the local fishermen, in the hope that they will share information with you. Another great place to get advice about where to catch the most fish is at a bait and tackle shop – just make sure to buy plenty of equipment before asking for recommendations!
Fishing is easier when you are familiar with the procedures which work best and the advice of experts. The above tips are a good foundation for many different fishing scenarios, whether you’re fishing on a private lake or at a public park.