Introduction to Fishing for Beginners
Fishing is a fun and easy activity whether you’re alone or with friends. It's about unplugging from the stresses of your everyday life, submerging yourself in the wonders of nature, and enjoying your time learning a new life skill. There are many benefits that come from fishing that don't actually involve catching fish. However, there’s nothing like the feeling that you get once you finally hook and land a fish. Whether big or small, from start to finish, it’s one of the most exhilarating experiences in the world. Our goal with this guide to fishing for beginners, is to help you get that experience.
Close your eyes and imagine this: It's been well over an hour and you've been casting and reeling in your bait without a single sign of fish anywhere. You're getting tired, your patience is running thin, and you're starting to get discouraged. All of a sudden you feel a pull through your line. You pull back. Now you feel resistance and your rod begins to bounce and bend and you feel strain through your arms. You start reeling in your bait and next thing you know, you're playing a game of tug-of-war with an actual fish. This is exactly what the pursuit of catching fish is all about - going from feeling hopeless to extreme excitement in a split second. There truly is no other experience like it.
Disclaimer: The pursuit of catching fish, first and foremost, isn’t as easy and relaxing as the act of fishing itself. There will be times when you will feel so discouraged that you just want to give up. Some days you'll spend hours and hours on end without feeling a single bite. (Truthfully, these types of days can go on for weeks at a time.) Nevertheless, you will also have days when the fishing is just so hot that the level of excitement you’re experiencing goes through the roof.
There is no way to tell what kind of day you’re going to have, but know that landing a trophy size fish is inevitable. This is one of the main reasons why the pursuit of catching fish is so addictive; because at any given moment you will hook that fish of a lifetime. A lot of knowledge, money, time, patience, effort, and persistence is required to catch fish. The more you know and the more you have, the better your chances and the more successful you will be.
In this Fishing for Beginners guide, you will learn everything you need to know in order to:
∙ Get properly set-up and prepared for your fishing trips
∙ Easily navigate through in-store and online tackle shops
∙ Pick the appropriate rods, reels, bait and tackle for your fishing needs
∙ Increase your chances of catching fish
∙ Hook, land, and handle fish effectively with care
∙ Many other tips and tricks that will lead you towards being a successful and confident angler
“Fishing; it's more than just a hobby... it's a lifestyle.”
Before moving on, take a moment and think about the following questions:
Why do I want to fish in the first place?
Do I just want to pass the time?
Am I fishing for food?
Do I want to catch big fish or small fish?
Which species of fish do I want to catch?
As you gain experience with fishing and answer the above questions, you will have more of an idea as to the type of gear and tackle you’re going to need in order to produce the results you’re looking for. Knowing the type of experiences and results you’re seeking as an angler will drastically decrease your chances of wasting money on things you will not need. The more of these questions you can answer in time, the more money you will save in the end.
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