Fishing is a fun sport that's often a learning experience, and Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops can help you find what you need. Most fishing is best experienced hands-on, so beginners are likely to make some mistakes. These mistakes are fairly easy to overcome, and you'll be a better angler for the experience. Good fishing takes some patience and perseverance. You'll have a better learning experience if you use the right equipment to start with.
1. Using the Wrong Lures or Wrong Bait
Many beginning fishermen use the wrong lures, and find that they're unable to attract fish. A common misconception is that plastic worms will attract anything. Generally speaking, fishermen who choose to use lures rather than live or cut bait will want to choose lures that resemble their fresh bait counterparts.
There are several types of bait that are ideal, depending on what you're trying to catch. Nightcrawlers, minnows, and meal worms are often good choices for freshwater fish. When you're saltwater fishing, shrimp or cut types of bait are good options. Make sure you know what types of bait are best for the fish you're seeking first.
2. Using the Wrong Line Weight
Making sure your line weight is sufficient is a must. Many beginning fishermen underestimate the fight that they may have on their hands if they catch a bigger fish, like a carp. A broken line will likely result in a lost fish, and a powerful enough tug may cost you your reel. Make sure you carefully examine your line options, and choose the best one for your particular reel.
3. Forgetting That Not All Fish Come Out at Sunset
A common misconception is that all fish species feed at sunset. Each species has its own unique feeding habits. You'll need to make sure you find out when the fish you're trying to catch are most likely to be active. Some might prefer the sunnier early afternoon hours, while others are more active around sunrise or sunset. Some species are easier to catch during the night hours.
4. Making Too Much Noise or Too Many Sudden Movements
A lot of fish species spook very easily. Any sound that's heard below the water is likely to be magnified several times. If you're fishing at night, any sounds made will be even louder. Since fish have relatively few means of escape, loud noises may cause them to swim from the area and remain in hiding. Excessive splashing, throwing objects into the water, or shouting may scare the fish.
5. Trying to Fish in a Spot That's Too Busy
Many fishing spots are also open to other activities like boating and swimming. This can create a little too much activity that keeps the fish away. Consider finding a more secluded spot, especially near deeper waters with hiding spots. If the place you're fishing in has activity going on all day, consider coming back at nightfall if permitted. The fish will be more likely to return when things are quieter.