It was just a few years ago I was a beginner at fishing. Getting a worm on a hook was slightly traumatizing – but I got over that pretty quickly when the thrill of the catch significantly outweighed the trauma of the worm hooking.
Whether you’re looking to start fishing yourself, or teach your kids or loved one, here are a few tips to make the process easier and more fun.
1. Choose a Prime Location
There are lots of reasons that your location choice will determine the overall experience. For example, if you’re trying to get your kids interested in fishing but you unknowingly choose a pond or lake with hardly any fish, it’s going to be a long, boring day and will not drive their excitement to go again.
What’s more, you might choose an overly crowded spot that takes it from a fun family day to a day of sharing the pond with strangers (and probably not catching much, either). That being said, if you choose a very remote location, think of things like mosquitos, parking, park fees, lack of data or wifi connection, or hiking to the location. Those could also pose added challenges. Especially if you’re carrying lots of gear in – no one wants to hike with all that stuff!
2. Be Prepared
I’m not just talking about fishing gear; I’m talking about bug spray, food, water, warm clothes, light clothes, rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. All of these things have the potential to ruin your day if you don’t have them with you.
That being said, of course you need to make sure you have all of your fishing gear ready as well.
3. Check the Weather
This one is pretty straightforward – check the weather report before you head out! It’s going to be miserable sitting out in rain, snow, or insane winds just to catch a bite. Checking the weather twenty-hours beforehand is not the same as checking it an hour or two before you leave as well. The sooner you check before heading out, the better.
Nevermind the risk you take being exposed to potentially dangerous weather. What’s more, that will definitely kill any future trips with loved ones if they get caught in a storm on their first fishing trip.
Are you practicing safe fishing? Follow the tips above to ensure a good fishin’ time!