Fishing is a great way to connect with nature and to unwind from the stresses of everyday life. Whether you are fishing from a beach, a riverbank, a lake or from a boat of some sort, it can be a fun and relaxing activity that differs from your more general hobbies. If you are new to fishing, there are a few things you should know before you get started.
In this blog, we will share some helpful fishing tips for beginners who are interested in fishing more so from the land, but we will also touch on fishing from a boat in case its of interest later in the future.
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Fishing Tips for Beginners
Research Fishing Spots
Before you head out to fish, it’s important to research the area you plan to fish. This will give you an idea of what type of fish are in the area, what kind of bait they prefer, and what time of day they are most active. You can do this by checking fishing reports, talking to local fishermen, or simply exploring the area yourself.
Choose the Right Fishing Gear
The fishing gear you choose will depend on the type of fish you are targeting as well as the location you are fishing from. For beginners, a simple rod and reel combo would be sufficient. Make sure to choose a rod and reel that are appropriate for the type of fish you are targeting (even if it means going to a store and asking for assistance). You may also want to invest in a fishing vest or tackle box to keep all of your gear organised.
Use the Right Bait
Choosing the right bait is crucial to catching fish. Live bait is often the most effective, but it can also be more difficult to handle. If you are using live bait, make sure to keep it fresh and alive until you are ready to use it. If you prefer to use artificial bait, make sure to choose a lure that is appropriate for the type of fish you are targeting.
Observe the Weather & Tides
The weather and tides can have a big impact on fishing. Certain types of fish are more active at different times of the day and in different weather conditions. For example, some fish are more active in low light conditions, while others prefer sunny days.
Patience is a Virtue
Fishing requires lots of patience. It can take some time to catch a fish, so don’t get discouraged. Sometimes it’s just a matter of waiting for the fish to bite – which can oftentimes take a lot longer than you’d expect. Remember to enjoy the scenery and the company of your fellow anglers.
Practice Catch & Release
If you are not planning on eating the fish you catch, consider practicing catch and release. This means that you catch the fish, take a quick photo, and then release it back into the water. This helps to preserve the fish population and ensures that others can enjoy the sport of fishing in the future.
Follow the Required Regulations
It’s important to follow fishing regulations to ensure the sustainability of the fish population (this is genuinely very important). Make sure to check the local fishing regulations before you head out to fish. This will give you an idea of what types of fish you are allowed to catch, how many you can catch, and what size they need to be.
Beginner Tips for Fishing from a Boat
Fishing from a boat can be a little different than fishing from the land. Here are a few additional beginner tips for fishing for those who are interested in giving fishing a go from the ocean instead.
Check the Weather & Tides
Weather and tides can have a bigger impact on fishing from a boat than you’d think. Before you head out on the water, make sure you check the weather and tides, so you know what to expect – the last thing you want is to be stuck on the boat trying to fish on choppy waters, or during a downpour.
Wear a Life Jacket
Safety should always be your top priority when fishing from a boat or near the water at all. Make sure to wear a life jacket at all times, especially if you are not a strong swimmer.
Use the Right Equipment
When fishing from a boat, you may need to use different equipment than when fishing from the land – or just invest in a few more things in general. Make sure to choose the right rod and additional equipment when on the water – research beforehand is going to be extremely helpful, or even speaking to someone with more experience. Don’t be afraid to visit our store or contact us online for some assistance.
Going on a Fishing Trip? Make Sure You’re Prepared!
If you’re preparing for an upcoming trip, make sure you have the essentials. With BCA Australia, you can ensure you’re well prepared thanks to our wide range of leisure accessories. For more fishing tips for beginners, get in touch with our team by calling us on 0418 497 029 today or by filling out our online form!