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Published On: Wed, Dec 13th, 2017

Tips and Tricks for fishing enthusiasts

Fishing has become quite popular with Americans over the years, as there are approximately fifty million people engaging in this activity every year. As of now, there are close to thirty million individuals who own and use a fishing license. While the angling regulations of every state are different, a license is usually necessary for fishers over the age of 16.

For your fishing pursuits to be as you expect them to be, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks you should keep in mind whenever the right season starts approaching. We’d like to note that these pieces of advice address beginning fishermen and women especially, but they could also speak to intermediate anglers.

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Start with the right equipment

If you’ve never fished before, selecting the proper gear might seem challenging, to say the least. Most rookies will benefit from using a rod and reel combo. While few products are marketed this way, some are actually designed for certain fish species, in which case one can get the right combo from the beginning.

Because open-faced fishing reels are highly recommended for beginning anglers, it might be a good idea to select a spinning setup. This one is particularly easy to use when compared to its baitcasting counterpart.

Do your homework

Whether you are experienced or not, the fact of the matter is that each fishing adventure is new, in its unique way. Perhaps you’re going out to fish for the first time, or maybe you’re traveling to another state to visit with friends and go angling, while you are at it.

The point that we are trying to make is that it does pay off to do a bit of research beforehand. You can find out a little about what kind of fish you can find in that area, what bait it responds to, even what equipment you are supposed to utilize. Even checking the weather is a good idea, if you want to make sure that you don’t end up soaked only because of a splash, here and there.

Bring food, water, bug spray, and lots of sunscreen

While food might be less important, water is an absolute must if you intend to spend several hours in the sun. You wouldn’t believe how fast you can be dehydrated if the weather is scorching. If you’re going to offer the treatment to your internal organs, why wouldn’t you do the same with your skin?

Given the incidence of skin cancer nowadays, leaving sunscreen behind is a risk you should never take. Bug spray is necessary for the obvious reasons, but the neat thing about such products these days is that some are both sunscreen and mosquito repellents all into one.

It’s in the small things

Things like hooks, extra line, and a fishing knife can make a difference. They might not take up too much space in your tackle box, but they will surely come in handy at some point or the other. Just take the knife, for example. You can use it to prepare your lunch, cut some line, or even clean the fish you’ve caught. For more info on how a knife can help you cope with any fishing challenge, we recommend checking out this article from fisherpants.com.

Author: Stephen Woodgate

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