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5 Tips on How to Start Fishing for Beginners
Fishing is a great group activity. The memory of a first fishing trip and a first catch last a lifetime. But for the beginner, it is important to learn the basics of how to start fishing. These 5 tips will help you get started immediately.
1. Easy to use tackle: Fishing gear for beginners should be simple. Start with spinning rods and spoons to teach the basics of casting. Both are effective in the fish catching department, and that means you can also cover fish hooking, fighting and landing techniques. Save bait casting and fly fishing for later on.
2. Where to fish: Think of open areas. Ponds, lakes, and beaches that are free of trees make for easy casting. Reduce frustration that comes from snag and hang ups by avoiding spots with sub-surface obstructions like deadfall logs, weeds, or rocks.
3. Easy to catch fish. Fishing for beginners should include hooked fish, so pick a prime time when new anglers can get some action. That first catch or two fires up first-timers and makes them want to go again.
4. Repetitions make the master. One of the most important beginner fishing tips is that it's better to go five times in a few weeks as opposed to five times in an entire year. Skills improve quickly with that focused effort, and you're likely to see the new angler gain confidence and want to go more often. Beginners who have trips spread out over a year wind up always starting over, and that can be frustrating.
5. Keep it short and tightly focused. Taking a beginner on a 13-hour trip might be too much. Give them shorter trips so they're not burned out. You can increase time as they get used to the entire process of gathering the gear, picking a spot, fishing, catching and cleaning up. If possible, end on a high note which is a caught and landed fish. Fishing for beginners includes what they remember last, and if it's a fish the desire to go again carries them forward.
The very best way for an angler to learn how to start fishing is by taking them out for a day on the water. With the best time of year approaching, now is the perfect time to go. And be sure to have your fishing license.
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