4 Tips to Help Beginners Land Fish

As soon as it warms up just a little more, I’ll be fishing. So don’t even bother calling. I’ve got a list of places to cast that will fill a page and big plans. Among those plans are taking some beginners fishing. For example, I hope to help several novices land their first trout this year.

If you do your “homework” and can put kids on fish, you still may need to do some coaching to help them land the fish.

Here are 4 tips:

  1. Once the hook is set, keep the fishing rod “loaded.” That is, keep it bent, both by reeling and by raising the rod tip. Up is great, but to the side is just as good, especially if there are overhead branches.

  2. When you lower the tip of the fishing rod to try to gain line reeling, you must reel fast enough to make up for this temporary lack of bending of the rod. Do not let line get slack.

  3. If the drag is “singing,” do not reel. You would just be adding extra stress to your line and reel and you won’t be gaining line anyway. Just be patient and enjoy the moment. Keep the rod bent, and get ready to reel when the fish begins to slow, turn, or stop.

  4. Don’t reel all the way up to the fish. Leaving a few feet of line out will help you lift and reach the fish when landing. Reeling right up to the bobber can stress the line unnecessarily.

Have you taken someone fishing who has never been before? Did you coach the fight?

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.