How To Become Better At Fishing

How To Become Better At Fishing

Any person who wants to get started with fishing is curious about what else they can do to improve their skills. Becoming really good at fishing takes a lot of practice, patience, and of course the proper skills.

No matter where you are fishing, if you have the proper skills, you will become well-adapted to it. Your chances of catching the perfect fish is higher if you apply all of the tips and tricks that will be mentioned below.

At first, you will think that it is boring and there are instances when you feel like giving up, but that is not the key to becoming better at it. This is only normal at first, but as long as you invest more time in it, you will soon catch the biggest fish there is.

Tips and Tricks That You Can Follow

You need basic knowledge

  • You should determine the kind of fish you are targeting and study their habitat. Fishing at the right time is also to be considered because there are types of fish that like to bite in the morning and some like to eat in the afternoon.
  • There are fish that are attracted to shallow waters and some like to stay in the colder parts. Before you go out to fish, check the condition of the weather for the day to help determine your chances of catching the fish you want.

Use the proper bait

  • Not all fish like the same food so do your research in finding out what your target fish enjoys and use that to lure them in.
  • Cover the hook with the bait and make sure that no part is exposed so that fish will easily bite into it. You can use artificial and electronic baits for certain types of fish but it’s not for all.
  • Do not dream about catching a perch if the bait you are using is for salmon. Matted lures are better because baits that are shiny can disrupt the eyesight of the fish.

Have the proper equipment

  • It is the beginners who will get more from the specific type of rods and reels that are made to be simpler for someone who has no experience with casting yet. Reels that are made for open-faced fishing are not recommended for someone who is new to fishing.
  • It would be convenient to bring tackle boxes for your hooks, line, knife, lures, and other stuff. Include a flashlight, wrench, first aid kit, rod tips, and other things that you will need.

Have a topographical map and read about local reports

  • Go to the bait shops nearby and find out about the current fishing activity in the area before heading out to fish. If you look at the map and see contours, it means that there are lakes, rivers, drop-offs, and certain locations that fish love to stay in.
  • Fish also like to spend time in deep holes or areas that have a lot of moss close to the shoreline. You can ask the fishermen in the area where to catch the best fish because they already know much about the place and they can give you tips based on experience.

Don’t forget to bring food for yourself

Since you will be spending almost the whole day outside, do not forget to bring food for yourself. You don’t know how long you have to wait until a fish bites the bait and starving yourself will only cause you to become irritable so you might end up losing your patience.

How To Become Better At Fishing
Aside from food, also bring something to drink to stay hydrated the whole time you are fishing.

Leave your children at home

  • It is best not to take your children with you because you would have to keep paying attention to them from time to time. They can cause a distraction and you can lose your concentration.
  • Sometimes fish will not come near you because your children are not quiet. You can bring your children along if they are already old enough to understand the rules of fishing and can stay quiet.

Keep bugs away from you

  • Bring a bug spray to keep mosquitoes from biting you. There is also a chance that insects are carrying types of disease that can really harm you.
  • It will also keep you from feeling itchy so you don’t end up scratching yourself often. You need to sit still while waiting for the fish and any form of movement can scare them away.

Choose an ideal location

Find out where the fish you are targeting lives and choose that area to catch fish. Certain types of fish can only be found in specific areas so if you want to catch one type of fish, study the area and find out where you need to position yourself to be able to catch them.

Proper fishing attire

  • When you are about to go fishing, wearing boots is important because you will be staying close to the water most of the time. If you have boots on, you will not hesitate to wade into the water to better catch the fish.
  • You should have several layers of clothes on because the weather can be unpredictable especially during the afternoon. Your hair should also be kept tidy so if you have long hair, tie it up to keep it from blocking your view.
  • Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your skin before leaving the house to protect you from the rays of the sun. Sitting almost the whole day outside can damage your skin if you don’t have enough sun protection.


By following the tips mentioned above, you will become better at fishing and have a faster progress. Always bring peace and patience with you so you will not become irritable if you haven’t caught any fish yet. You will eventually catch the fish you want, but having enough determination to wait for it will be worth it in the end. Fishing is an activity you will enjoy, but getting started is always hard so don’t lose hope.

About the author


Hey there, I'm Lisa, founder and editor in chief here at Recreation Space. We found fitness through recreational activities. And we want to share it with you. We believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.

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