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Home > Take Me Fishing Blog > April 2016 > Learn to Fish on Land
The bite was hot, there were fish blitzing the surface, and I held the bait casting rig in my 10 year-old hands. I'd never seen anything like this before, and I ripped off a cast as hard as I could. The only issue was that I didn't thumb the spool, and I had a massive bird's nest of line. My late-father was not happy at all, and by the time he cleared my mess the fish were gone. We caught very few that day.
After that frustrating experience I practiced on dry land. Here's how:
Learning how to fish doesn't have to be in an actual fishing situation. The more practice time a new angler logs the better skills he'll have when he hits the water. You'll get some funny comments from your neighbors, so check how to cook your catch and drop off a fish for their dinner!
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Tom Keer is an award-winning writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a Contributing Writer for Covey Rise magazine, a Contributing Editor for both Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer writes regularly for over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics related to fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor pursuits. When they are not fishing, Keer and his family hunt upland birds over their three English setters. His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast was released in January 2011. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or at www.thekeergroup.com.
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