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Are you one of the millions of fishing enthusiasts? We are, too! Fishing is a fantastic way to pass time and quiet a hyper-active mind after a hectic week at work. Not to mention, it's always a great excuse to catch up with long-time friends and enjoy ice-cold drinks.
But while relaxing and enjoying time with friends is nice, fishing is a lot more fun if you can actually catch fish! Read on discover how to snag the best catch around with some little-known tricks and common sense fishing tips.
The right fishing approach often depends on the location. Beach fishing, for example, can be a tiresome affair as a lot of areas don't attract enough fish. If you want to catch bream, flatbeds, and salmon from the sandy shore, picking the right spot to cast your hook and line from is paramount. Fish from the wrong spot and you are likely to spend hours without catching a small fry.
To have the best possible start when beach fishing, you want to "read" the salty waters from a high vantage point with polarized sunglasses on. Keep your eyes peeled for gutters and holes, identified by deep and darker-looking water where waves do not break. Large predators may linger around gutters, hiding and waiting for smaller fish they can catch.
Peak times for beach or surf fishing also depend on the tide and daylight. Fish feed better in low-light conditions, which means dusk and dawn are prime times for beach fishing. Note, too, that the two hours leading to a high tide and the two hours after high waters are prolific fishing periods. If you can plan your fishing trip on a day when high tide occurs during dusk or dawn, you're golden!
Here's another example: rock fishing. Fishing from rocky outcrops on the shore means getting better access to deeper waters, which means more fish. And with a little luck, it's possible to catch species reserved for boat fishermen like tuna, mackerel, and migratory fish swimming up and down the coast.
If you want to have a good time rock fishing, set up your gear near a section of 'wash' or whitewater. These shallow regions are favorite camping spots of fish waiting for food washed off the rocks. Even better, the crowded waters can provide good cover for baitfish, which may attract larger species.
A good hunter will pick a rifle, traps, and supplies depending on the wild animal he's after. A good fisherman is no different. If you have an inkling of the fish species in your chosen spot, you can prepare the right fishing gear and adopt the right approach. Are you trying to catch sunfish, perch, and scup? These species are known short-biters. They will use their small mouths to snap on the loose and swinging end of the bait and snatch it from the hook. A hook with a short shank and small gap won't cut it if you want to catch short-biting fish.
To stop short-biters from snatching your bait, use a hook with a longer shank like the Aberdeen. You can fit the bait to cover the hook, much like fitting a sock to cover the entire foot. Fitting the hook this way makes it impossible for short-biters to steal the bait.
The mulloway, on the other hand, is a large sportfish that can grow up to 6 feet in length. It is powerful but also cautious and shy. If you want to catch one, using the freshest bait possible is in order. Squid, large prawns, and cut fish make for excellent bait.
Patience is also a virtue when fishing for a mulloway. The fish will mouth the bait before swallowing, and reeling the bait at the first bite will alert and scare the cautious fish. So instead, be steady when a mulloway grabs your bait and give it time to move off before reeling in.
Always make sure that your tackle box is armed with the right fishing equipment to the brim - bobbers, sinkers, lures, and more. Going home empty-handed because you don't have the right gear is the last thing you want to happen.
Extra lines are a must-have.
You never know what can happen. A big predatory fish may break it, or the line may get snared by a log. Expect your line to break or get into all sorts of mess one way or another. Now, the type of line you should bring is largely dependent on, again, your location.
Fishing in rough conditions requires a heavier and sturdier line, reducing the risk of breakage. On the other hand, fishing in quiet and crystal clear waters need a thin, stealthy line.
Extra hooks are also necessary, and make sure they fit the type of fish you're trying to catch. A big hook meant for a heavy and massive catfish won't work for smaller river trout. If you are not sure what sort of fish you'll encounter, bring hooks with varying sizes for good measure.
And last but not the least, bring a first aid kit.
Recreational fishing is nowhere near as risky as hunting dangerous game like lions and crocodiles. But while you may not need ammunition for fishing, you do need a first aid kit for minor injuries like scrapped knees and hooked fingers.
And there you have it - three little-known fishing tricks and a handful of specific tips to make the most out of your outing.
So always pay attention to the location. Know the species of fish you are trying to catch and make necessary adjustments. And finally, make sure your tackle box has all the fishing necessities - plus extra lines, a dozen hooks, and a first aid kit.
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