Many people long to fish but just don’t think they’d be any good at it. You might be surprised to know that fishing is not that difficult when you know what to do. Read this article for some good tips on fishing, so that you can enjoy this excellent sport.
Don’t blind the fish! While shiny lures are often very effective at attracting specific species, the reflection of the sun can blind a fish and send it swimming away. Matte lures can be equally as effective while they won’t scare off as many fish as a metallic lure would, so consider using both when you fish.
During wintertime fishing, use sinkers on your line. They pull the line down to where the fish are in the warm waters at the bottom of the lake or river. The number of sinkers used will depend on the depth of the water.
If you want to know where the fish are, keep an eye on the surrounding wildlife, particularly the birds. Birds diving into the water is a great indicator as to where the fish are. Birds are diving to catch fish to eat. Keep an eye out and you just might gain from it in your fishing efforts.
Make sure that you are using the right type of bait for the fish in your area. Ask someone at the bait shop for a bit of help with this, if necessary. If you are using the wrong bait, even if it is a high-quality and expensive bait, the fish won’t be attracted to it.
Fish in a way that is environmentally responsible. You should always try to conserve the natural environment when you are out fishing. Don’t throw trash in the water after finishing food you brought for yourself. Be informed on regulations that limit the total amount of fish that can be caught. Put back any fish you happen to catch that are too small for consumption.
Be mindful of what the wind is doing while fishing. When the wind is strong, the fish will be likely to go with the current and be concentrated along one shore of the lake. It’s important to cast directly into the wind. However, if winds are too strong, fish will stay at lake bottom where they are not visible.
Pay attention to the weather. Wait a few days after a storm or a cold front. If the water is cold, fishes will stay at the bottom and not look for food. Usually, the water starts warming up again two days after a cold front has passed through an area.
To test the sharpness of your hooks, use your fingernails! Just lightly drag the hook across your nails and see if it makes a scratch. If it does, your hook is sharp enough to do its job, but if it doesn’t, you’ll need to either replace the hook or sharpen it again.
Now that you’ve reached the end of this article, you are better prepared to hoist your rod and reel over your shoulder and make the trek to the fishing hole. Use the things you’ve learned in this article to embark on your new outdoor hobby or become a better fisherman.