March 10, 2020
No more video games and social media! It's time for some fantastic outdoor fishing. Fishing is an engaging, entertaining, and challenging sport that's a perfect way for you to start enjoying the outdoors. While fishing does require skill and aim, it is a quiet and relaxing sport as well. It's also a great activity if you plan on going camping this next year. If you want to get started in fishing, we can help. All you have to do is follow these easy steps.
Every fisherman needs a fishing pole and tools for them to catch fish. You will want to get the essentials at first, and then you can slowly gather up more and more as you go. Here's a small checklist to help you get the right tools.
There's a huge variety of fishing bait, some you can buy from the shop and others you can catch outdoors. If you want to make it a challenge, you can catch your own bait by finding worms, crickets, nightcrawlers, or minnows. Most of these can be found near the river, under rocks, or by digging in the mud.
Some fishing poles will already have the fishing line connected to your pole; if not, you're going to have to do this part on your own.
You will want to start by grabbing the recommended weight of line from the store; you can tell what type you will need by looking at the wheel that holds the line. On the bottom of the brand name, you will see something that says lbs/yards. Once you have the right amount of fishing line, you will want to pull the line to the same length of the pole and begin placing the line through each circle on the pole, starting with the very tip. Do not cut the line until you have finished all the recommended steps. Once the string reaches the end of the pole, you are going to want to connect the line to the line spool. When you are doing this, you will want to flip the bail over to tie a knot around the line spool, using a double knot. Make sure the knot is tight and then cut off the excess string. You will then want to flip the bail back over to the other side and wind the rest of the string on until it reaches the max capacity (which should be shown on the rod or line spool.)
This part is hard at first but super easy once you get the hang of it. You will need to cut the line after at least 2 feet of extra string at the end. At the end of the line, slide the sinker through. Then grab the swivel and tiea knot to it at the end of the line. To do this kind of knot, you will want to follow these steps.
Repeat on the other side of the swivel by cutting 2.5 ft of line and connecting it to the other end of the swivel.
Tie the hook on the opposite side of the 2.5 ft line using the same knotted technique, and you're ready to fish.
If you are living around the mountains, there’s bound to be some rivers around you, if not try to find the closest river or pond. If you want to catch a bunch of fish, you may want to look up some places near you that are known for a lot of fish. With all that being said, if you would rather find somewhere to fish that is peaceful and quiet, you may want to search for your own fishing hole. Make sure to bring a compass, watch and a phone, so you don’t get lost.
Remember those critters you found before? Now it’s time to use them. Get your bait and wrap it around the hook. It’s usually best to wrap the bait a couple of times around the hook, so that it doesn’t get loose when the fish starts to nibble.
Now it’s time to get fishing. Follow these instructions for a simple way to cast your hook.
Once you feel a tug on your pole, you will want to reel in your fish as fast as possible so that it doesn’t have time to escape. To do this, you will want to spin the reel handle backward. Good luck and I hope this article helped! Remember every fisher needs his supplies, Xtreme Pawnshop has all the equipment you need to start your hobby of fishing. Visit us today to get started.