Do you love fishing?

FishingDo you love fishing and everything about the sport?

t’s definitely not for many people, but those who love fishing find it to be one of the most therapeutic and serene experiences ever.

No matter what anyone tells you, you don’t need years of experience to catch more fish. In fact, all you need is a rod and reel, some bait or lures. Oh and a body of water… you will definitely need that lol.

THE BEST TIME OF THE DAY

Fish are more active in low-light conditions, they will feel less threatened by predators. This means you’ll have more luck in the early to mid morning, as well as the early afternoon to evening hours. If the only opening in your schedule means casting under the noonday sun, don’t pass up the opportunity. Instead, look for shaded water, take advantage of cloudy skies, and remember that fish don’t always do what you would expect.

Pick The Best Spot

Fish like to hide under overhanging banks, or submerged rocks and trees, and in broken water, which helps them blend into their surroundings. These features will offer your best bet for a strike, so seek them out and start casting.

Cast

Once you’ve chosen your favorite spot

try to place your cast just beyond it, and reel into the zone, rather than dropping your bait directly on top of your prey. Otherwise, the fish will spook, and a scared fish is generally not a hungry fish. Plus, more lures take a few cranks of the reel to find their natural rhythm, which is the key to getting a fish interested.

Polarized Sunglasses

Not only do polarized sunglasses

protect your eyes, they also allow you to see through the glare on the water so you can scope out the submerged features that will increase your odds of success. Polarized sunglasses might even help you spot the very fish you’re about to get on your line.

Steady Now

If you see a fish chasing your lure, it’s ok to get excited… just don’t stop reeling in don’t change your rhythm too drastically; it’ll only alert the fish to the fact that something’s not quite right. And if you’re worried that your fish isn’t fast enough to catch your bait, don’t be: You might be fast, but you’re not fast enough to out reel a hungry fish.

Soft Bait Lures

There are so many shapes, sizes, and colors of fishing lures. One way to narrow down your choice is to consider your primary target species. Another way to select the best soft bait lures is to think about where in the water column the lure will be most effective.

Top Water

One of anglers’ favorite types of fishing lures is top water. In addition to feeling the bite, there is an added rush from getting to see it. Soft bait lures for working the water surface often resemble frogs, but there also are floating worms and lizard forms. Even if these soft bait lures don’t float, if you reel in quickly with rod tip held high, it makes it skitter across the surface.

Mid Water

These soft plastics are designed to look like they are swimming. Paddle tail lures make the back of the lure wiggle back and forth in a panicked bait fish manner. Other forms achieve effective motion for reeling mid water depths such as curly tails, segmented, or with appendages.

Bottom Water

Perhaps the best soft bait lures for anglers are rubber worms. Cast and let sink to the bottom and then slowly lift a few inches and drop or, with enough weight, just reel or drag slowly to make this soft plastic form “crawl” across the bottom. Once the water warms during late spring, this lure is a bass favorite in almost all bodies of water and all conditions.

Finally, small soft bait lures are kind of like hot sauce: they go well with everything. After you have purchased your fishing license, tip your favorite spoon, spinner bait, or chatter bait with a small grub tail for a more tantalizing presentation. In highly pressured areas, experiment and try to show the fish something they haven’t seen.

Common Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

Always check the weather forecast before making plans to head out on the water, and continue to monitor conditions while fishing via a marine radio. Pay attention to any wind direction shifts, note any sudden drops in temperature, watch for lightning, and keep an eye out for rough water.

NOT HAVING A FISHING LICENSE

Not checking for updates to the fishing regulations or renewing your fishing license. These days, it’s easier than ever to check current fishing regulations and renew your fishing license because it can all be done online.

USING OLD OR WORN FISHING LINE

Always inspect your line and leader prior to going fishing. Replace your line if it appears frayed, or you notice any abrasions, or if it feels brittle. When in doubt, change it out.

USING A DULL OR RUSTY HOOK

Not only will it be harder to hook a fish with a dull or rusty hook, you also run the risk of your hook breaking. When saltwater fishing, give your hooks a quick freshwater rinse and allow them to dry before placing them back in your tackle box.

USING HOOKS THAT ARE THE WRONG SIZE

Using hooks that are the wrong size is usually one of the most common fishing mistakes. The most important thing to remember is to match the size of the hook to the size of the bait you will be using versus to the size of the fish you plan to target.

FORGETTING TO CHECK THE DRAGS ON YOUR REELS

Make sure your drags are set properly. As a general rule of thumb, your drag should be set to 25% of the breaking strength of the line that you are using.

ALLOWING SLACK IN YOUR LINE

Allowing a lot of slack in your line while fishing. Not maintaining a connection to the line is next on the list of top fishing mistakes anglers make. Be sure to reel in excess slack in your line so that you can feel bites and ensure a firm hook set.

USING A TOWEL TO HANDLE FISH

Whatever you do don’t use a towel to handle fish that you intend to release. Anything but bare, wet hands or a rubberized landing net has the potential to remove the protective slime coat on a fish. Damage to the slime coat can open the fish up to an infection and disease.

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