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Fishing Tips for Beginners

By Kastking | 24 August 2018 | 0 Comments

Here’s a few tips for your fishing adventures.


Beginners are often overwhelmed by the choice of tackle as they sift through catalogs, browse online, or gaze at the offerings in their local bait and tackle shop. There are some essentials to take along on every fishing outing and other items that will help make the trip more enjoyable…and perhaps more successful. The key in the beginning is; keep it simple.

Ask an experienced fisherman what the best bait or lures are to bring along. This will cut down on a lot of extras that you don’t need to carry.

Dress comfortably for the weather. If you are too cold or too hot, it takes some of the fun out of the enjoyment of fishing.

The first things to pack are safety and common sense. Accidents do happen, and being prepared makes the difference.

If you are fishing from a kayak, canoe, or a small boat –fish with a buddy. Even if you are fishing from a dock, bridge, or beach, tell someone where you are going to fish and an approximate time you will be back.

Here’s a list of what to bring along. Some items will vary depending on what kind of fish (species) and size of fish you are after.

  • Extra fishing line — tangles and break-offs do happen. Don’t lose a whole day to a lost line.
  • Bobbers  or floaters if you are fishing baits with that method
  • Snaps and swivels to keep fishing line from twisting
  • Leaders (or leader line)
  • Sinkers or weights
  • Hooks  — for the type of fish you are targeting
  • Needle nose pliers for hook removal. Hook removal tools are usually light weight and effective, but it’s good to also have pliers along in case you hook yourself
  • Stringer —  to hold the fish you catch
  • Sharp knife – a multi-tool knife is good, but may not be the best bet for cutting bait. Bring a bait knife and leave the fillet knife at home unless you plan to clean your catch where you fish.
  • Ruler and scale – if you area has size limits, these are necessary. Small pocket tape measures work fine.
  • A small flashlight if you are out before dawn or after dusk
  • First-aid kit — simple stuff, like band aids, insect bite relief, and a few aspirin
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat

Use this checklist before you leave. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of the lake and realizing you left some of your gear at home.

Tight lines!


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