Successful anglers know there’s no magic to making great catches. Neither is there a specific formula that guarantees more fish in your cooler. To be able to become productive at fishing, one needs to remember simple things such as the following:
Always have the right equipment suitable for the fishing style you intend to do
Go through each piece of gear meticulously prior to the outing. Go mentally through a scenario-based checklist. If you can, experiment with a variety of rods and reels, leaders and lines. It pays to be fussy with your fishing rig. Make sure every piece is complete.
Fish using multiple lines to raise your chances of making a great catch. Use the smallest sinker possible since you want to feel even the most tentative nudge or nibble the fish makes on the lure to ensure timely and proper hook setting. When fishing with bait in shallow water less than 5 meters deep, a sinker may not even be required at all since the weight of the bait should be enough to make the line sink.
Lay out a good fishing rig before you head out to the fishing site. Setting out your fishing rig on land will be much easier than doing it on a bobbing boat in the water. This is also sensible when fishing from the shore. Learn how to tie good knots back to front. This is especially valuable when a good fish swims by and decides to put up a big fight when caught. Use the right size fishing hook that is suitable for what you are fishing. Remember: just because you use a large hook, it won’t mean you’ll be bagging really big fish.
Location, location, location.
Have a mindset on what type of fish species you will be going after. Fish have varying feeding habits. Choose the bait and fishing rig accordingly. Use technology that aids in getting more fish. Fishfinder and GPS devices make great investments as they are fantastic revolutionary tools that enable you to find good terrain to angle in. When fishing from a boat, the two devices help ensure a good catch. Have adequate information from fishing and weather forecasts to keep up to date.
Nearly all fish species feed around sunset or sunrise, so optimize those times. Look for terrain that appears different or unusual as fish tend to come together in areas where the water depth rapidly changes, such as around steep underwater drop offs. Piers, jetties, rock formations, tree branches and other structured locations are favorite congregation places for fish.
Get the fish’s attention by burleying up to keep the fish coming. If it’s taking a particularly long time for the fish to bite, just transfer locations. This is easy whether you’re fishing from a boat or from the shore. Join other people who fish at specific locations. Lots of people fishing in one spot implies something. Ask the local tackle and bait shop or a native of the place for some advice and tips.
Use proper technique
You need to know how to strike the line or pull it back quickly to ensure secure hook setting. When you learn how to do this, the battle is half won. Do experimentation to find out what works nicely. If you can strike the line quickly, there may be a need to leave the hook around the fish for longer before attempting to land the catch. It is fish species as well as the day that determines the best time to strike.
Remember: there can be any one of these scenarios that prevent you from making a good catch: the method used is incorrect even when the fish are present and feeding; the fish are not in the area; the fish may be present but not feeding.