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How to Start Fishing as a Hobby.

How to Start Fishing as a Hobby.

Hobbies differentiate man from machine. It’s the best way to make life enjoyable and break the monotony of life. It can be the bridge in the family. Spending quality time in activities you like can make a family strong and give a fresh breath from modern life. Fishing is a fantastic hobby and you don't have to be a professional to have angling as a hobby. But starting anything from scratch is tough. So here are some suggestions to make your fishing experience an enlightening one from the start. 

Fishing tips to begin fishing as hobby: 

Research It's the information age: it’s the age of information and it's always wise to research the tons of useful information on the internet to know what you are getting yourself into and rules and regulation that follows it. Researching will help you understand the beauty of fishing and all its mysteries. Knowing more will only fuel to know the hobby more for you. You can also ask local professionals for personal experience as sometimes it’s skill sharing that really matters. 

Stay stress free and start small: 

Don’t put pressure on yourself as that will lead to nothing. Keep a cool head and categorize and list the things that need to be done. Fishing can be an expensive hobby if you want all the expensive tools to work with. But it may lead to dissatisfaction as most of the high end tools are designed for professional anglers and fishermans. Start small, starting small has its own beauty. You can learn as you go and when you are confident you can upgrade your hobby and go for the big guns.

Right tools for right jobs: 

Shopping is an exciting and confusing experience at the same time. Don’t go too big when starting as it might ruin your experience. You will need a tackle box with baits, boobers, sinkers, pliers, fingernail clippers, swivel, jigs and fishing lines. 

Learn to handle your tools: 

In the military it was said to sleep with your weapon to familiarize yourself with it. You don’t have to go that far but you have to learn to care for it. You have to wash them after each use and properly maintain and store them. Mishandling your tools may result in waste and tool degradation. Your tools might not work properly on fishing trips.

Learn kayaking: 

Kayaking is all the craze now and there is an appropriate reason behind that. If you want to fish in a large body of water or at the sea, kayak is your best friend. As you see most fishes are not found at the bank or shallow water and some are found especially in the deep water so learning kayaking will solve that problem and it's a good form of exercise to keep you healthy. They are not that expensive either. 

Practice casting like there is no tomorrow:

If there is one thing you need to learn in fishing, it is casting. Without mastering casting you can forget about catching the big fish you so desire. It’s best to practice casting around a body of water but if not available you can practice anywhere. It will be like catching the sand shark. Jokes aside, you need to practice casting as there is no alternative to it. You need your bait where the fish will be. Just casting your bait in the water will not bring any fruit. 

Learn your knots: 

There is nothing frustrating like seeing your big catch get away with your bait just cause your knot is not right or strong enough. Learn different knots and practice them to perfection. There are three to start with,  Palomar knot, arbor knot, and improved clinch knot. Practicing them will come in handy when you go for your fishing trip. 

Different fish like different catches: 

Every fish has its favourite snacks, you gotta find the right catch for the fish you want to fish for. Walleye, Redfish, Bass, Trout, eel and others have their preferred diet. As you know, fish of different water levels depend on different food sources. Want bream go with insects, want catfish you better have some lever. Wrong fishing bait will only lead to no gain. 

Know where you are going: 

Knowing where you are going to fish is important. As seasons are different in different parts of the world and weather may vary from place to place. Best way is to search online and work with local professional fisherman or anglers. 

Know the weather: 

Knowing the weather pattern is essential. You don’t need to be a professional at this as we have weather forecasts available for that. But know when it will rain or when a storm may brew. It will save your fishing trip as well as your life in case of a severe storm. 

Find hot fishing spot: 

There are some places where it is easy to fish. Like a shadow upon water or deep water. So fishing along a pier or undergrowth near a pond is a good place to start. You can check with local professionals to know which will be a better spot. 

Silence is the key:

Learn to be silent. If you keep making sounds and distractions, you can kiss your fish good bye. Learn to be as silent as a turtle and as patient as a pelican. It’s quite literally possible you might not see any movement for hours. Keep your patience and it will not let you catch your game but also help in your real life. 

How hot is water: 

Learn to check water temperature as fresh water fish prefer lower temperature as such they tend to drive deeper if water temperature is hot. Learning about it can make it easy for you to cast at the right spot.

Check the governing laws: 

Always check the local government laws as some states prohibit fishing of some species and encourage some. Also some spots may be protected/preserved. There are also rules on how much fish you can bring with you. Learning them beforehand helps you not fall into legal traps. 

Dress appropriately:

Dress maketh the man, you need to dress appropriately for the occasion and for fishing trips it's more so. It not only makes the mood but is also helpful. You will need a hat for the sun as it will really keep you cool. Not to mention the necessary fishing boots, not only will it keep you safe from potential snake bites, it will also make it easy to get off of kayak and walk around slippery ground. 

Cool sunglasses & sunscreen: 

Wear sunglasses to help you in the sun and look cool. Always use sunscreen when in extended exposure to direct sunlight as it will lower the chances of cancer. Also for those who suffer sunburns, sunscreen is your best friend. 

Bug spray: 

Most water bodies come with some flies or mosquitos, especially around evening. Use bug spray as it will keep them away and keep you from troublesome diseases. The last thing you want is some life threatening diseases from fun activities.

Brings some snacks with you:

Fishing is always a time consuming activity. It may take whole days and depending on location restaurants may not be available. Bring some snacks or box lunch with you when going for a fishing trip. 

Keep away distraction: 

Fishing needs all your attention so keep daily routines and work life away from you, it will be helpful in fishing and going for a spiritual journey. 

Have a company:

If possible ask a friend who may also be interested in fishing to go with you as it might give some solace in patience. It is also recommended to hire a professional local angler with you as guide for the first few trips. It will give you a feel of professional experience and you will learn more under his tutelage. 

Clean hand:

When attaching catch to bait always keep your hand clean as fish are cautious in nature and any foreign smell may offset their mood.

A good chair:

Spend your budget on a good fishing chair as you will be spending a good portion of time on it. It will keep you happy and your mood calm. Perfect for  fishing experience. 

Fish finders: 

Fish finders can make catching fish easier and make sure you are not totally wasting in a water body that has nothing to offer. You can check some of them here.

Take care of environment: 

Taking care of the environment will only give positive feedback and making a mess of it will come to haunt us. Always manage your waste when going for a fishing trip. Bring a large bag with you to collect all the possible waste you may produce. Keep water bodies and nature pristine and clean. 

In conclusion, fishing is an exciting hobby that lets you hone your mastery over time and go for a new limit. You will never feel bored and will always be learning and honing yourself. I just hope these tips will be helpful to you in your angler life.