Fishing looks easy, to the outside observer. But any serious fisherman knows that there is an art to fishing. You have to know when to go, what kind of lure to use, and what to do while you wait for them to bite your hook. Here are some fishing tips that will make all of that easier to figure out.
To catch more fish, try chumming. Chumming is a technique where you throw “chum” into the water area you are fishing to attract fish. Chum can be ground up fish bait, canned sweet corn or even, believe it or not, breakfast cereal.
Never use too much chum, you don’t want fish getting completely filled up before they approach your hook.
TIP! You should learn the way water temperature affects the movement of fish. Generally speaking, fish will swim deeper when the water is cold.
Make sure that your hook is sharp if you are using surface bait or lure. A dull hook will make the bait or lure useless. Make sure that the hook is sharp before you cast. Pay attention to how it is holding up and take the time to sharpen it if it becomes too dull.
Don’t scare the fish. You may think you’re not doing anything to disturb them, but fish are acutely sensitive to noise. If you want to finally land “the big one”, you should always walk softly near water edges and keep your voice down when talking with companions. If the fish hear you coming, they’ll head in another direction.
TIP! A person fishing with bait would be wise to use a bobber or some sort of indicator while fishing. It can be hard to tell when you get a bite at times, and a good indicator will eliminate that problem.
Cut the fish line! If a fish you’d like to release has swallowed its hook, you can still get it safely back in the water. Simply cut the line as close to the fish’s mouth as you can, then release it has normal. The stomach acid of a fish is powerful, and will be able to dissolve the hook.
Take some shine off of a new line with a black marker to avoid alarming fish when fishing in murky waters. This is best done the night before to avoid a strong marker smell. Simply run the marker from the bait up for several feet to make your line less conspicuous to fish.
TIP! If you feel that you have caught a fish, do not jerk your line. Any jerking motion can be the difference between catching your fish and letting it off the hook.
Familiarity with the water is the key to fishing productively. Whenever it is possible, dedicate yourself to learning the local conditions, by revisiting the same spot over the course of several trips. With repeated exposure, you will develop a better idea of the fish’s habits, and preferred locations. The more often you visit a particular spot, the more fish you will catch there.
It is important that you take proper care of your fishing line. You don’t want to catch a big fish and have it break the line because your line was not cared for properly. Remember to store your spools of line in a dark cool place. One common place where people store their fishing line is in the vegetable bin in their refrigerator.
TIP! If you are not skilled at fly fishing, you may want to go to a fly fishing school prior to trying it. There are certain techniques that you need to know before fly fishing so that you do not waste your time trying to figure it out on your own.
Mike McDonough has been fishing for over 50 years. He enjoys passing along what he has learned so others can enjoy the sport as much as he has. To see more of what Mike has to offer visit The Bass Fishermen
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