No one ever forgets their first fishing experience. Most people find it relaxing to sit in a boat or standing on the pier with a pole in hand. However, there is more to this sport than meets the eye. Here are some important things that should be done so that the experience will be enjoyable.
Purchase a state fishing license
Every state has their own rules about using water for sport. There are a variety of licenses to choose from, including those for daily use, short-term, annual, and lifetime. Check the state’s fishery departments to find out if there are any specific requirements, such as age limits.
Wear boat shoes
Before stepping on a slippery boat, be sure to invest in some non-skid boat shoes. Many first time fishermen and fisherwomen make the mistake of wearing shoes that are not conducive to being on a slippery surface. Also make sure to avoid wearing shoes with a dark sole, as they can very easily leave dark colored scuff marks on the deck of the boat.
Use new hooks
Before going out on this adventure, be sure to purchase new hooks. Don’t be tempted to use old hooks passed on by a friend or family member. Not only are new hooks sharper and more efficient, they are also safer to use. Old hooks can rust and be difficult to maneuver. It could result in a painful injury when removing the fish.
Fishing seems like an easy sport that does not take much thought. In reality it’s a very skilled sport that takes time to master. Ask for tips and advice from those who have been fishing for a long time. This can be anyone from a friend to a professional at a tackle shop. Invited someone with experience to come on the excursion with you. Their knowledge can help you throughout the day.
This is not a high intensity sport. It is meant to be calming, relaxing and an exercise in patience. Do not become impatient if there are no bites right away. Simply recast and enjoy the peacefulness.
One of the best things about fishing is that there is always something new to learn on each trip. There is no need to figure everything out all at once. Do some research on the different types of fishing, including saltwater, fresh water, and deep sea. Get acquainted with the variety in the sport to help determine what you find most enjoyable. Over time, anyone can become an avid fan of the sport.