I also like to call this list ten things my Dad taught me about fishing. Fishing has always been an important part of my life. My Dad used to take me fishing all the time, in fact, “take a kid fishing” was a rule he lived by. He showed me how to fish, the best bait to use while fishing, and methods to catch more fish. Sure this list isn’t everything you need to know about fishing but using these basic techniques will insure you to have a “good day fishing.”
1. Always set the hook properly. Make sure your fish is hooked before you start reeling.
2. Keep steady pressure on the fish. Don’t give the fish a chance to spit out the lure or bait. Keep your line taut with no slack and keep the rod tip out of the water. You need to keep reeling to make sure the pressure is steady and the line is straight out to the fish.
3. Make sure your line is not wrapped around the tip of the rod. If it becomes twisted around the rod you will not be able to control your reeling and it may break the line.
4. The jig is one of most effective fish catching lures to use. Jigs are good for fishing from the shoreline to deep water. They can be used on farm ponds, lakes, and rivers. Jigs will catch everything from bluegills, crappies and perch to walleyes, smallmouth bass and northern pike. My Dad’s favorite was using a feathered jig tipped with a mealworm. We caught all kind of fish with that in all kinds of water.
5. Make sure to use your drag and that it is working properly. Using the drag will help you maintain control over the fish.
6. Cast your bait near structure whenever you can. If you can, bring along a contour map of the body of water you’re fishing. Fish like to hang around logs, rocks and docks whether the structure is under the water or sticking out of the water. Casting next to a weed bed should produce fish also.
7. Try to use live bait that is matched to what the fish usually feed on. If you present the fish with what they’re looking for you are much more likely to catch fish.
8. Take care of your fishing equipment. Keep your hooks sharp and ready to hook the big one. Change your line frequently to prevent breakage. Keep your reel oiled so that it turns easily.
9. Start fishing on the bottom and work your way to the surface. Once you catch a fish, try to keep your bait at that depth and just move around until you find where they are hiding. Keep moving until you start catching fish. Keep repeating the procedure. Bluegill, perch, crappie, white bass and black bass are all schooling fish. This means that there is more than one fish swimming around. Once you find them, you will usually catch a bunch.
10. Always keep your bait moving. Jig it, pop it, reel it. Whatever it takes to make it look alive. Fish love live bait.
Hope these tips offer you as many good fishing days as I have had.