The Basics of Fishing

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It is said that if you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. If you teach him how to fish, he will eat for a lifetime. In this article I will teach you the basics of fishing and make sure you will eat fish for a lifetime!

1. Choose a spot.

Obviously, you can’t fish in water with no fish, so find a place where there are actually fish in it. You can find good fishing locations in your local newspaper or ask around in fishing shops. Also, if you decide on eating the fish you catch, confirm that the water there is clean. After all, you don’t want to eat contaminated fish.

2. Choose a type of bait.

If you are reading this article, I presume that you are an amateur, which is why I recommend using a worm. Wrap the worm around the hook and make sure that the hook can actually fit into the fish’s mouth. Once you become better at fishing, you can start using other types of bait.

3. Attach your bobber.

It is recommended that the bobber is attached about 12 inches above the bait. However, adjust accordingly to the water you are fishing in. For example, if you are fishing in a swift stream, move your bobber closer to the bait.

4. Cast your line and WAIT.

Cast your line and wait for a bite. Watch your bobber closely to see if a fish is biting your bait. Remember that fishing is a sport of patience, so be patient! With that said, it would be wise to re-cast if you haven’t gotten a bite in 10 or 15 minutes.

5. Hook your fish.

Once you feel a bite, quickly jerk your rod backwards and up. If a fish actually went for your bait, you will be able to see its movements from your line.

6. Reel it in.

Do this by lifting and pumping your rod while reeling. If you are sure that the fish you have caught is small, you can just reel, otherwise, it may damage your rod.

7. Remove the fish from the hook.

Make sure you don’t poke yourself with the hook while trying to do this. Once the fish has been removed, replace your bait. It’s practical to renew your bait with every catch.

Congratulations, you have just caught your first fish!

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