It's a great day if you are about to go fishing! Whether you are a beginner just starting out or a salty pro, there is something very exciting about being on that lake, river or ocean going after the big catch. To help you, check out these fishing tips. With them, you may land the big prize.

For those beginners out there, learn the very basics before you go fishing. Why waste all of that precious time at your fishing hole getting the ropes down? Practice casting in your backyard, read all that you can and even practice un-hooking a lure. When you go fishing for the first time with those basics already down, you'll find the day will be much better.

Be aware of the weather forecast around your local area before beginning your fishing trip. Hours of prep time can be wasted because of not following weather forecasts! And thunderstorms can be very dangerous for those that are fishing in them. It's best to be aware and prepared.

If you are fishing from a boat, never go without a life vest and keep it fully fastened. This is especially important if you are not a swimmer. You never know what could happen when go fishing from a boat, especially if you are going after big fish. Make sure whatever vest you are wearing is also the right size for you. If it's too big, it may slip right off of you when you really need it.

Another boat tip: keep the floor of the boat as dry as you can. Many people have learned this lesson the hard way with bumps and bruises. While you are reeling a fish in, your whole body is being used, so you can easily slip on a wet floor. Another option here is to get some strong slip-proof rubber for where you are standing. This will help  your chances of not slipping.

If you are after bigger fish, go after them with bigger bait. Yes, it costs more at a bait shop, but to land the real prize it's worth it. Bigger fish are going to be looking for larger sized meals, so that big bait is sure to attract them. Plus, smaller fish will be less likely to be caught since the hook will be set deeper into a larger piece of bait, so your chances become that much better for a big catch!

During your day, check your line a couple of times. You want to make sure it is not kinking up or fraying. This could lead to a broken line at the worse possible time, when you actually have something on the hook. If you spot a weak piece of line, cut it out and then tie your line back together with a strong fishing knot.

Last but not least, bring a friend when you go fishing, especially if you are a beginner. Fishing is a fun activity anyone can enjoy, but you are surrounded with sharp equipment and potentially dangerous environments. It's best to have a buddy along in case the worst happens. Plus, if that friend is more advanced than you, you can learn a thing or two.