Here are some simple and pretty basic tips for those beginner fishermen and women. Sometimes the simplest ways get the best results so you don’t have to have expensive gear and fancy clothes, a fast boat and all of that hype to catch a fish.
Fishing License – In California you must purchase a fishing license at age 16 and older. There are many different types, but for beginners that is all you need and even a day license might work for you.
Pick a fishing hole – Decide which lake that you want to go fishing at, someplace local so you don’t have to travel too far to get in your first experience.
Fishing pole and bait – Let’s begin with the term “gear” so we will be on the same page during this article. Gear refers to your fishing pole or rod, your reel and the fishing line. For the purpose of this article we will be talking about trout fishing and when doing so ultra light gear should be used.
What is the definition of light gear, you ask, that would be six-pound test and lighter, nothing heavier. The lighter the line the less visible, it is for the fish and we don’t want to scare them away now do we? I believe that live worms are the best bait to use when fishing for trout and using a gang hook or single hook works best for wrapping the worm around so it dangles and looks appetizing to the fish.
Head out early – I believe in the old saying “the early bird catches the worm” and so I like to head out before the sun rises so I can arrive at my destination just when it does. You will have some competition with the bugs on the water at first, but just sit back and enjoy the morning and drop your line into the water and wait for that tug.
Dress warm & in layers – If you do go early you want to be warm, but once that sun comes out you will be much too warm, so dressing in layers so you can remove cloths to suit your needs as the day warms up.
Bring some snacks – Have a good hearty breakfast before you head out and be sure to bring along some food and drink because you will work up an appetite out there waiting for your fish to take the bait.
Bring your patience – Patience is a virtue as they say, cast out your line and leave it sit for a while and just wait, it is half the fun. Watch your line for a tug here and there and be ready to give it a good yank when you see enough of them to know there is a fish eating at your bait.
For many it only takes one time at fishing to become hooked and that is what happened to me. I have not gone for years, but plan on doing so in the near future because I miss the enjoyment it brings me. I hope once you try it you will become a fan as well.