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A Few Basics to Fishing


Fishing is a relaxing hobby that you can do almost anywhere. There can be lakes, ponds, rivers and streams near where you live, and you can even take your hobby on the road when you go traveling. It is a great stress-relieving experience that can help you to bond with friends and family. Once you get really into fishing, there can be a lot of variables that you need to know so that you can correctly fish in different water and for different types of fish. Here are the basics that you should know when you are just starting out:

What should you have in your tackle box?
Your box should have tailored tackle that you can use depending on the types of fish you want to catch.
  • An extra line - If your fishing line breaks or gets tangled, you’ll be pleased that you brought an extra one.
  • Extra hooks - You need hooks in a variety of sizes so that you can use the correct hook to catch the right-sized fish. 
  • Lures - There are many different types of lures, each designed to catch a different kind of fish. You don’t necessarily need to use one, but they can help you do better when it comes to fishing.
  • Sinkers - You need a sinker so that your hook and bait will sink deep enough into the water.
  • Bobbers - This helps you to know when a fish bites your hook as it will sink under the water.
  • Bait - You can choose from live bait or soft plastic worms; there are many to choose from. Whatever you choose is down to preference and what works best for you.
  • Needle nose pliers - These allow you to get the hook easily and quickly out of the fish without injuring you or the fish.

Handling a fish
When you pick up a fish, you need to be extremely careful with it, especially if you are going to be releasing it back into the water. Makes sure that you do not remove much of its protective slime layer and always make sure your hands are wet before handling a fish. Unhook it as quickly as you can and make sure that you put it back in the water as soon as possible so it has a chance to survive. 

Releasing a fish
You may have seen many clips of fish being thrown back into the water when they are being released; this, however, is not what you should do. If you throw a fish back into the water, you are significantly reducing the chance that it will survive, as it can go into shock and end up belly up. Instead, you should take the fish close to the water and release it in a way that lets it just swim away. You should let it move on its own as moving the fish back and forward in the water could damage its gills. If you are releasing the fish in moving water, you should try to ensure that you have the fish’s head pointed upstream.



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