Beginners Fishing Guide: Important Advice for You

Fishing is a wonderful activity which can be learnt with time and enough practice which can be done by people of all ages. It is a great way to unwind from a rough day and also spend time with friends and family. This article will guide first-time anglers who are interested in learning the art of fishing.

Beginners Fishing Guide

Fishing Essentials: Equipment you’ll require to begin

Fishing is quite cheap regardless of where you are fishing from. However, there are essential items you will require. They include:

A rod reel

Select a rod that comfortably fits in your hand. For kids use a rod/reel combination. Adults can use a spinning reel and rod. Most experts use open-faced reels as they cast further. Beginners are advised to use close-faced reels.

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Fishing line

It is the link between you and the fish.  Identify the size of fish you want to catch when picking a fishing line. Mainly because the line comes with different pound specs which can bear a particular amount of pressure exerted before it breaks.

Types of fishing line include: mono filament, fluorocarbon, and Braided.


They come in different sizes. The size of the fish one wants to catch is the main determinant of the size of the hook used in fishing. For instance, large hooks cannot be used to catch pan-fish. This is because the fish cannot get their mouth around it.


This is what is used for enticing the fish and hook them to reel them in. Natural bait is the most common method of enticing fish. When settling on live bait, select something that fish you are attempting to catch would eat.

On river or lakes, you may use crickets, worms or minnows. On the other hand, small crabs or shrimps are used off the coast. 


Rods vary in length from 5 to 9 feet. They come labeled based on the action type and the power they have. The action is basically where the rod flexes, while power is the amount of pressure required to bend the rod.

These characteristics complement each other perfectly. In most cases, manufacturers make it easy by just using ultra-light to show the size of the fish they can compliment.


They will help you in cutting the fishing line. Simple nail clipper works perfectly.

Plastic bobbers

These cheap bobbers float and will show you when fish starts to bite. Of course, they can come in handy in helping you bring those awesome catches home.

A tackle box

It is advisable to select a cheap box for organizing your gear

A bucket

Take along a bucket with you for keeping fish.

Types of fishing

Saltwater fishing

This is a wonderful option for beginners. Special equipment is required depending on the type of fish one wishes to catch. First-time anglers can fish from the beach.

Freshwater fishing

Freshwater locations include ponds, lakes, or rivers. It is a great option for beginners as it requires less equipment.

Fly fishing

When fly fishing, a fly reel, and rod are required. It can be done in both saltwater and freshwater locations. Special equipment is necessary depending on the preferredtype of fish.

Shore fishing

This type of fishing occurs in both freshwater and salty waters. Enquire from your local fisherman on the types of fish biting in your area. This helps you decide the type of bait to use.

Canoe fishing

Canoe fishing is a great way to view local scenery and catch fish at the same time. It is very ideal for beginners.  However, you must know how to launch a paddle when canoe fishing.

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How to start fishing

Operate Legally

Before you go fishing to the river or lake, ensure you’re authorized. Most states authorize fishing by issuing a fishing license and unique stamps. Some regulations you need to know are; catch limits, seasons and tackle restrictions.


Attempting to learn how to cast while still trying to catch fish will lead to disappointment. Spend some time casting the tire in the yard. This will make you familiar with your gear. It will also give you more confidence when casting the actual thing.


Knot tying is an important part of fishing. Efficiency in tying knots enables you to catch more fish.

Find water

Farm ponds, tailwaters, and lakes all contain fish worthy of catching. Most water bodies have public access points.

Tips to help you become a successful fisherman 

Check the weather

An overcast sky may cause a successful fishing experience. Although fish can be caught in other weather conditions, an overcast sky is the best.


Know where your target fish chooses to spawn. Finding a location helps you catch a lot of fish.

Choose the right equipment

Beginners are advised to use specific simple reel and rods. They should avoid using open-faced fishing reels when starting out.

Dress appropriately for success 

Boots are important. Especially because you will be required to stand near water.  If you have long hair, consider wearing it back in a ponytail. It is better to wear layer because the weather can drastically change.

Fish where others are reluctant to fish

Going an extra mile brings is rewarding. Fish in remote fishing spots and stay active into the water to identify where the fish are biting.  To become a great fisherman, you must be willing to check out new places.

Practice, practice, practice

The best way to become successful in fishing is by practicing. The good thing is you don’t require water to practice. You can cast your line at the local park or even your backyard. During practice, aim at being accurate then try for larger distance.

Befriend the wind

Bigger fish usually come closer to the shore to feed on smaller fish on windier days.

Maintain silent

Silence is important since fish have the ability to hear clearly.


Your mission might be to catch fish to feed your family, or you just need some fun time to spend with friends or family. Whatever the case, I hope the above beginner fishing guide makes your fishing experience successful.

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