Fishing and angling are one of the most popular activities today. You can do it all year round, it’s easy to learn, the gear is relatively inexpensive, and it gives you a great excuse to spend your days outdoors. And I don’t have to tell you that once you start fishing regularly, your freezer will always be stocked with healthy protein.
But before you go on an Alaska saltwater fishing trip, you must learn the basics of this activity, including safety precautions and gear you’ll need. Here are some of the things you must remember when going fishing:
- Follow safety guidelines
Fishing is a relatively peaceful activity, but it’s not without its dangers. Whether you’re going saltwater or freshwater fishing, it’s essential to secure a state fishing license first. Fishing licenses are relatively inexpensive: around $25 for residents and more for out-of-state visitors. Always keep the permit on you while fishing. If you get caught without a fishing license, you could pay a fine and even spend time in jail.
The next thing you should remember is to check the weather forecast before leaving the pier. If the forecast calls for rain and thunder, it’s best to suspend your fishing for the day. And if you get caught in a rainstorm, return to land immediately.
Finally, it’s essential to wear a life jacket, regardless of the type of boat you use. If you’re fishing with children, make sure to use appropriately-sized life jackets, as regular jackets are too big for them.
- Use a rod and reel combo
If you’re new to fishing, you might want to start with a rod and reel combo. Fishing rods and reels are usually sold separately, but if you get a combo set specifically gear towards beginners and casual users. If you want to know more about fishing rods and reels, visit your local specialized fishing shop and talk to an employee.
- Know the different types of fishing lines
One of the things that surprise beginners is not all fishing lines are the same. You’re not going to use all of them if you’re just starting, but it pays to know the main varieties.
The most common type of fishing line is the monofilament or mono line. It’s cheap, easy to tie, and doesn’t get tangled easily, making it the best option for novices. The next type is the fluorocarbon line. It used to be exclusively used for saltwater fishing, but can now be found anywhere. It’s stiffer, more durable, and less visible to fish. But it’s more prone to reel tangling. Finally, the braided line is one of the oldest line types. Because it’s thinner, you can use it to cast longer distances. However, just like a fluorocarbon line, it’s also susceptible to tangling.
These pointers will help you get better at fishing in no time. How you fish entirely depends on you. Some enjoy the thrill of a high-speed chase, while others relish the long hours and quiet. Either way, patience is vital if you want to become a good angler. You can read a book or listen to music while waiting for a fish to bite.
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