Debbie Hanson 7/29/2016 If you have plans to go fishing in Florida, you certainly aren’t alone. According to the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, over 3 million anglers went fishing in the state of Florida during the previous year. The diverse […]
Month: July 2016
Photo credit Capt. Clay Eavenson.
20 some years ago, I didn’t know what I was doing when I hired my first fishing guide on the big island of Hawaii. I flipped through the yellow pages and called a number from one of the first fishing guide ads that caught my eye. A fellow answered and I asked if he was available for charter fishing in a few days. He said he was bowling and asked if I could “call him back in the morning.”
His response almost made me continue calling other ads, but then I thought, perhaps foolishly, “Wow, he has some nerve. Maybe that means he’s really good.”
When I called him the next day, I explained what I wanted: to have an epic battle with a big fish. I said I wanted to be “sore for days.” His laughing response sealed the deal: “I’ve put people in traction.”
I learned later that maybe I was lucky. There were 40 some charter fishing boats that went out of Kona harbor that day. Only 2 caught fish during this somewhat off period. My boat was one of them. And although I wasn’t sore for days, I certainly enjoyed my first and so far only experience with a striped marlin.
Here are some (better) tips for choosing a fishing guide:
1. Recommended. Does the guide have a good reputation? Perhaps you have a friend or relative who has fished with this guide? Have you read the reviews online?
2. Catch status. What is done with the fish you catch? Catch and release? Load a cooler? For example, in Hawaii the fish usually belongs to the captain. Some Hawaiian guides may split the catch with you, depending on the species.
3. Rules. Many fishing guides these days have their own web sites. This will contain valuable information regarding: what to expect, what to bring, and what NOT to bring.
4. Versatility. Is your guide able to work through Plan A to Plan E or beyond to put you on fish?
A guide is a great investment, especially when traveling for a fishing trip. Time is short and you want a lot of screaming reel for the buck. It is also a great way to learn. Where they go, what they cast, and why. Be sure to check here for fishing safety tips.
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There is no better time than the present to get started fishing. Fishing is a great way to spend time outdoors with your friends and family while learning new skills. With just a few pieces of basic gear, you’ll be reeling in fish and making new memories in no time.
Step 1. Purchase a fishing license
Before you get started fishing, you will need to purchase a fishing license in the state where you plan to fish. You can even purchase your fishing license online and go fishing that same day.
Step 2. Learn to identify the fish species that inhabit your state waters.
Learning how to identify the species you catch is a requirement. When you know how to properly identify the fish you catch, you will be able to accurately refer to any size limits, bag limits, or other fishing regulations pertaining to a particular species.
Step 3. Locate a good fishing spot.
Use the places to boat and fish map or top family spots list to select your location. If the location is near you, and you have time stop by the spot in advance of your actual fishing trip to confirm access points, areas of potential structure, or fish activity, it can be helpful.
Step 4. Assemble your fising gear and tackle.
Keep in mind that you don’t need a lot of tackle or gear to get started fishing. Use this basic list of fishing essentials for beginners:
- Rod and reel combo
- Small tackle box with divided trays
- Spool of monofilament fishing line (6- or 8-pound test for freshwater fishing)
- Round plastic bobbers
- Split shot weights
- Assortment of hooks in various sizes (size 2 for small bait to size 3/0 for bigger bait)
- Pliers (to remove hooks)
- Measuring tape
- Scissors (to cut line or leader)
Step 5. Learn and practice a couple of simlpe fishing knots.
Learn one line joining knot and one lure or rig knot. Two good knots to start with are the double-uni knot (line joining knot) and the improved clinch knot (for tying your leader to your fishing hook).
Step 6. Check your state fishing regulations and bring a copy along on your fishing trip.
You will need to know what the fishing laws or regulations are for the species you catch. Fishing regulations are put into place in order to protect our fish populations and waterways for future generations to enjoy.
Step 7. Get some live bait.
You can either purchase live bait from a bait or tackle shop or get your own live bait. Live worms, crickets or minnows are good baits to use for freshwater fishing.
Step 8. Head to your fishing spot and bait your hook.
Since you have already researched good fishing spots in the area, you know exactly where you want to go to have your first fishing experience. Once you arrive, unload your gear and bait your hook with the live bait that you brought along. Don’t forget to use the appropriate sized hook for the type of bait you are using.
Step 9. Cast your line our into the water.
If you are using a plastic bobber, you may need to adjust the placement of your bobber on your fishing line depending on the depth of the water in order to get your bait at the appropriate position in the water column.
Step 10. Wait for a bite.
If you are fishing with circle hooks, remember that you don’t need to jerk your rod upwards to set the hook, all you have to do it reel. If you are using standard hooks, then you will need to set the hook by raising your fishing rod into the air quickly. You have your first fish on the line now, how exciting!
Now that you know how to get started fishing, be sure to learn how to properly release the fish you catch. You won’t want to keep all of the fish you catch, so knowing how to release your fish so that it has the best chance for survival is very important.
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