It’s relaxing to be out in the middle of nature, listening to the sounds on the water while you fish or backpack. A disappointed fisherman, with no fish to show for the effort, is quite another story. Continue reading and learn a few tips that can help you to bring home more fish and avoid making those disappointing sounds.
Look for a spot where fish are congregating, and then cast your hook in a place upstream from that area. This way, your baited hook will land past the fish. The downstream drift is going to seem more natural and better attract fish to your lure. If the fish are hiding under a ledge or other obstruction, this method will work very well.
Before reeling in the fish, make sure your hands are wet. The will ensure that the fish does not end up with dried out skin. You don’t want to dry out a fish you plan to throw back.
When you fish, pay attention to the wind. If the wind picks up, the fish will most likely follow the water current and wind up congregating at one end of the lake. You need to make sure you are casting toward the wind. The problem is that if it is too windy the fish tend to stay in the lower, calmer water rather than feeding at the surface.
If you are going to use the catch and release method when fishing, try not to fight with the fish as you reel it in. Over-handling fish after they have been caught might risk injury to them and once released may not survive. Just let it go if it is giving you a hard time.
When you do hook a large fish, don’t become panicked. Since there will most likely be a fight, do not attempt to reel the fish right away or the rod will break. Instead, set the drag, and sit back. Let the fish exhaust itself by swimming around trying to get free; then you can reel in the fish with much less effort.
Be sure that you look at the weather forecast prior to fishing. Some weather patterns make it impossible to fish. The best sky to fish under is overcast. Although you can certainly catch your share of fish under other conditions, overcast skies greatly increase your odds of catching a lot of fish.
Fishers should consider lunar phases when deciding when, and where, to fish. For example, if you’re interested in fishing at night, fish will be more active during a full moon. Having said that, you must know this means you can be seen easier; therefore, you should take the precautions that are necessary.
If you are just fishing for fun rather than to catch a meal, release any fish you catch. When you practice catch and release, you simply unhook the fish with care and let it go into the water once more. This will allow the fish population to grow larger, resulting in more fishing opportunities in the future.
Never leave trash behind when you go fishing. Fish tend to avoid areas of water that have artificial debris and garbage in them. This will affect your success at fishing, as well as those of other fishermen.
It is important to know the correct way to clean and gut fish. You need a good but small knife, and a sturdy table to cut the fish on. Make a cut on the belly of fish, from the tail to the head. Then cut a horizontal incision below the gills to remove the head. This should give you a clean, open fish.
The happy expressions of your family when you bring home a fresh fish makes reading this article well worth the time. All that you have read here will boost your confidence, helping you get better at fishing, so apply what you know now, and go catch something!