How to Start Fishing | 10 Exclusive Tips for the Beginners

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We have heard many beginner anglers complaining about the lack of proper guidelines on how to start fishing. They also say that many anglers feel doubtful about joining the fun of fishing due to this lack.

Here, we believe fishing should be fun and joyous. So, after much research and discussion, we have jotted down ten exclusive tips for amateurs to kick off their fishing career with a bang.

Let’s get ready.

How to Start Fishing

It’s time for some fun out in the water, catching your favorite fish. You may follow these easy and simple steps.

Step 1: Keep It Simple

For the first time, keep your gear selection straightforward. You will only need a graphite or fiberglass pole or telescopic fishing rod, and a quality cane. All these are available in the bait store and shouldn’t cost more than 10-15 bucks.

Additionally, purchase a quality monofilament fishing line, a few plastic bobbers, size two to three hooks, and BB-sized split sinkers. And lastly, get a tackle box to keep everything arranged.

Step 2: Selecting the Bait

When it comes to bait selection, there are tons of choices available even for beginners. You can opt for crickets, redworms, nightcrawlers, and even minnows. While you can get them from the bait shop, you may also pick them from the natural habitats near a creek.

You may choose shrimp or plastic baits too. Carry them in a small container.

Step 3: Setting the Line

You will have to determine the pole length at first. Then carefully cut off the line. It should be effective at least one foot longer than the fishing rod. Now attach one end of the fishing line with the pole top and snug it tightly.

Step 4: Choosing the Hook

It would help if you matched the hook with the bait size perfectly. For example, opt for size 1.0 if you use small shrimps and size 3.0 for red worms and long worms.

Use a knot to tie the bait with the fishing line. You may choose the Palomar knot or any other knot you feel comfortable with. Just make sure the knot is tightened; otherwise, you will lose the fish.

Step 5: Choosing the Fishing Spot

It’s time to pick the perfect fishing spot once you are ready with the fishing line and pole.  To begin with, a pond loaded with bass and bluegills is your best bet.

And the rocks and piers near the shoreline are the ultimate fishing spot if you live near the salt water.

Step 6: Bobber Fishing Makes It Simple

For beginners, it is always a good idea to start with a plastic bobber. Attach the bobber at the top of the fishing line. It should be around two feet above the fishing line.

Now throw the fishing line over the water through the extension of your arm. While throwing the line, make sure the bopper is floating on the water. Then hold the pole steadily on the water surface.

Step 7: Learn to Wait

Fishing is ardently all about patience and knowing how to wait. Sadly, most beginners don’t like to wait and want an instant catch.

However, a fish will need some minutes to see and get attracted to your fishing baits or lures. Until then, carefully look at the floating bobber. When a fish nibbles the bobber, you will see shaking or jumping of the bobber.

Step 8: Pulling the Fish

Once the floating bobber dives underneath the water, immediately pull the fishing line forcefully in the air. Make sure that the fish is pulled towards you and not to the water bodies. Then slowly cast it into the fishing container.

Step 9: Releasing the Fish from The Hook

Carefully hold the fish and use a hook removal to release the fish from the attached hook. You may also use a needle nose-pliers set for the purpose. Handle the fish with care so that you don’t hurt your fingers and also cause further injury to the fish itself, especially if you want to release it in the water.

Step 10:  Photography Time

Hold on to your first catch and take some quick snaps. Then, gently release the fish in the water and try your luck once again.

Fishing Etiquette

While you fish, we recommend you maintain the fishing etiquette property. It includes not disturbing fellow fishers and seat at a distance from them. In a crowded space, maintain a 30-50 yards distance from other anglers.

And in a less crowded area, you should maintain a 100-yard distance.


Fishing is probably the best way to entertain oneself with some quality fun. Sadly, many beginners consider angling somewhat complicated work. So, we have put our best efforts to keep the process straightforward.

Therefore, we ardently hope that you love them and try them in your next fishing session. Also, we request you not to hurt the fish intentionally. It’s our responsibility to protect them.

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