How to Catch Fish

Fishing is a great activity that can be done at any age. It’s not hard to learn how to fish, it just takes a little time and practice. In this section you can find more information and fishing tips on each step to learning how to fish.

photo of beginners catching fish with these fishing tips

4 Fishing Tips for Beginners

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man fly fishing for trout in a stream

7 Fly Fishing Tips for Beginners

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LEARN HOW TO CATCH FISH

How to Land a Fish

Once you have reeled in a fish, follow these tips to help you land your catch safely.

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How to Set the Drag

Learn how to set the drag with these simple instructions and fishing tips here.

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How to Cast

Learn how to cast your fishing rod using different types of reels with these steps.

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How to Reel in Fish

Learn how to reel in fish with these two simple steps, get fishing tips and more.

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How to Set the Hook

Learn how to set the hook in order to catch more fish.

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How to Clean a Fish

Learn more about the many ways to clean and prepare your catch.

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How to Store a Fish

Once you have caught your fish, you will need to learn the proper way to store your catch.

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How to Release Fish

Follow these steps to help ensure higher survival rates for your catch.

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Learn how to catch carp in a lake or river

How to Catch Carp

Learn how to catch carp. What tackle to use, which baits to use, where to go.

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Show us your #FirstCatch

First of the day, first of the season or first of a lifetime. Show us your #FirstCatch.

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Free Fishing Days 2016

On Free Fishing Days anglers are allowed to fish on public waters without a license.

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National Fishing & Boating Week

An event that highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing.

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Magic at the end of every line

Reel in the fun with guided fishing at the Walt Disney World® Resort.

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Seaqualizer

We are working together to improve the survival of caught and released fish.

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Purchase a Virginia Fishing License