Starting fishing is a brilliant way to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air, whilst getting some good exercise in at the same time! It can be a bit confusing for a complete beginner, what with so much jargon to understand, equipment to purchase and techniques to learn! Here are our top tips for newby fish fans.
- Getting the Gear. We recommend going to speak to the experts hidden away in fishing tackle shops. These guys will be able to advise you on all areas of fishing, helping you to know what to get and keep within your budget! Trying to buy things online is possible, but you might not get the support you need to begin with.
- Bait. Although artificual lures might be tempting as they don’t pong or go off in the fridge, you really can’t beat the real deal. We recommend worms for freshwater fishing, Minnows are good, but you’ll need to make sure they are native to where you’re fishing! Crayfish are great, as are frogs, crickets and other critters which fish would normally eat. If you’re planning on saltwater fishing, it’s worth checking in the local area what bait to go for.
- Find out about the area! Chat to other fishermen to find out more about the waters you plan to fish in. Find out the techniques others have been successful with as well as the individual characteristics of the water.
The main point we are trying to get across is to ASK if you are unsure! We’re generally a friendly bunch, and we are likely to be able to give a hand to a fellow new fisherman. Experience comes with time, so have a good chinwag with the other fishing buddies around you to get the most you can out of your new hobby.