Warning! Are You Sabotaging Your Fishing? A Beginner’s Guide

Intro-dock-tion: Fishing Guide

So you’ve decided to try fishing. Good luck! You’ve most likely searched the internet for countless how-to-catch-fish videos or how-to-do-this-and-that tutorials. I’ve seen tens of thousands of them. They’re mostly designed and manufactured by avid or hardcore fishermen who understand everything it takes to catch fish. However, these videos fail to demonstrate or discuss many of the frustrations of being a beginner fisherman. 

My Brother on One of Our Trips

So, based on my 32 years of fishing experience, I’ve put together a piece aimed at alleviating some of the frustrations associated with learning to fish. I’d like to start by saying that I fish lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams in the northeastern United States. I fish primarily for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, muskie, pike, pickerel, and trout My advice will be tailored to this personality type. 

Gear: Fishing Guide

First and foremost, let’s go over your setup. Every video I watch discusses the line they’re using in conjunction with the length and sturdiness of the rod, which reel is best, and what’s good for what bait/style/fish. Don’t be concerned about it. I caught the majority of my fish with a rod/reel I purchased as a backup at Kmart for $50. Don’t blow your budget. Purchase a low-cost rod and some 8-12 pound monofilament line. Why use monofilament? Because it is the most user-friendly. If you’re just getting started, a braided line can be frustrating, and fluorocarbon can be extremely difficult to work with.

Filaments, filaments, filaments

We’ll go over this in greater detail later. So you’ll need some lures now. Have you ever been to a Bass Pro Shops or a Cabellas? The options/styles/methods appear to be limitless. The lures listed below are my top picks for beginners. They are simple to fish correctly, and because of this, most fish target them. -IN line spinners such as Mepps, Rooster Tail, Blue Fox, and so on. It’s a straightforward cast and retrieve. Allow it to sink for a second, then give it a tug to get it spinning before bringing it back to you. They are all equipped with treble hooks (3 hooks), so when a fish strikes it, it will almost certainly hook itself. These lures are designed to look like fleeing baitfish.

Gulp! …a classic

 -Spoons:The idea is the same. These will flutter and dart like a wounded baitfish instead of spinning. Retrieve the cast. 

-CrankBaits:  Pick up a couple of crankbaits. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. For starters, I’d prefer the floating ones that will swim to a specific depth upon retrieval. The box will contain all of the information you need to know about what the crankbait will do. Once again, a simple cast and retrieve bait is required. Variate your retrieval speed, and give the rod a little flick now and then to make the bait dart a little.

Casting: Fishing Guide

Improve your casting skills. The ability to drop the lure exactly where you want it. Change the speed of your retrieval. Begin catching fish. Once you’ve mastered this, you can move on to swimbaits, Texas rigging soft plastics, drop shots, Carolina rigs, bottom fishing football jigs, and so on. Crawl first, then sprint, or you will lose confidence and interest.

So you have a rod, some lures, and some line. Look for a video that shows you how to properly thread your line onto your reel. This is critical. You want your line to be as tight as possible to the reel. This process can save you a lot of trouble later on when you’re trying to fish. Let’s go fishing…

If you want some personalized help for where to fish and are located in or around Seattle, shoot the team a message. If you’re not in Seattle you can still ask for help, but we may not have a good answer 🙂 

I thought you could Identify with this photo: A sparkly new fisher, excited to learn


Now to the Fishing

So you’re stranded. It could be in a tree, on your shirt, or on something underwater. It appears that the pros are never stuck. I’ve caught more rocks, branches, and trees than fish, and learning how to get unstuck will save you lures, money, time, and frustration. What if you cast a spell over a tree branch? Slow and calm. Reel your lure until it’s just below whatever you’re holding on to, then give it a quick pop to get it to jump up and over. If you try to force it out, it will wrap around everything. Stuck in the water on something? Tricky.

There are various options available to you. If you can’t get the rod off by tugging, change your standing angle. (Move 20 yards to the left or right and try again). Grab the line ABOVE where it leaves your pole and pull hard. Grabbing the line where it exits your rod allows you to muscle it out without straining your reel’s drag or damaging your rod. Are your hands hurting? Wrap the line around a stick and pull (Works great for braided line which won’t break and will slice through your fingers) Pulling your tight line to the left or right with your reeling hand and then swiftly releasing it will occasionally rip your lure off of whatever it’s trapped on.

If you are unable to get it unstuck, try pulling as hard as you can to snap the line of the lure. The lure has already been lost, and there is no longer 40 yards of fishing line contaminating the water. That irritates me.

Most of the time it just ain’t easy

You’re not catching any fish right now. Hello and welcome to the club. Continue to fish. Boost your casts’ popularity. This implies you shouldn’t always cast your lure to the same area and perform the same thing. You’d be surprised how many fish are huddled against a bank or around a submerged stump. Cover as much water as possible while keeping in mind that the water may be deep. There may be a lot of fish in front of you, but if they’re near the bottom and your lure is passing 10 feet above them, they might not chase it that far.

Vary your retrieve speed, the depth at which you bring it back, and your technique until you find something that works. When you do something well, the fish will tell you what they want. Alter your location. When you consider water temperature, tributaries, cover/structure, visibility, wind, and other factors, 30 yards can make all the difference, especially on lakes and ponds. The placement of their food supply will dictate the location of the fish you want. Bait the fish. Minnows, shad, bluegill frogs, insects, bugs, lizards, and so on. Look for indicators of the presence of these food sources on the water and in your surroundings.

Fish coming to the surface and eating, are there birds that eat fish standing wherever on the banks, turtles, frogs, and so on? Look for signs of life. Alter your lure! Change the color, the style of the lure, and so on until you start getting bites. Don’t waste 2 hours casting to the same location with the same bait. If you’re still unsure about trying a lure to your line, pick up some snap swivels/dual locks. You only need to tie this to your line once, and it enables a very quick change of bait. It’s similar to a small carabiner. Because of their visibility, these may reduce your catch rate marginally, but I would still recommend them to beginner fishermen.

Remember to keep an eye on your rod settings when fishing. If your line is looping out of your reel, if it is wrapped around the tip of your rod, or if anything is different from how you put it up the first time, take the time to stop and fix it. Small concerns grow into major issues. It only takes one cast when you didn’t see an issue to spend 20 minutes untangling your bird’s nest of fishing line. Perform a quick check before each cast!

Use the times when you aren’t catching fish to practice the fundamentals. You must be able to cast sideways forehand and backhand, overhand and underhand. So many flawless casts to that perfect position will rely on your ability to throw the lure precisely without getting tangled up in brush and trees.

You caught a fish! Holy shit, you caught a fish! What should I do now? Probably let him go… Needle nose pliers, can be extremely useful. Especially when they have a small scissor place for cutting your line when tying knots. The mouth of a fish is largely made of cartilage. Work the hooks out one at a time, holding them securely in place. Unless you’re in command, they’ll flip and jump. The dorsal fins of some of these fish will be razor-sharp. Stroke them back like a head of hair to acquire a good grasp. If the fish is large enough, squeeze its lips and begin working with your pliers. Return it to the water and give it a shove.

What a catch!

Please return the fish…. throw it back unless you’re starving and fishing for food. The thrill of catching fish contributes significantly to the enjoyment of fishing. Amazing places stretches of river, and so on have been ravaged in the thirty or so years I’ve been fishing because people kept every piece of meat they brought back on their line. Days of catching 10+ fish in such areas are over since there are none left. Have you caught a prize and would like it mounted? Simply take a photograph and measure it. That’s all you need. Maybe one soon, someone else will be able to feel the same thrill that I did when I caught that fish.

The most important thing you can do for yourself is to get your line wet. Bring a friend, a six pack, and get outside. And if you want to spice it up try Kayak Fishing

  1. Advice on the type of rod?

  2. Hi could you help me out with bait color? I am having a tough time getting a catch Lake Pinsol

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