“Fishing is the activity of catching fish. It is an ancient practice dating back at least 40,000 years. “
Fishing has evolved from being a means of providing food on the table, to now being a competitive sport that is practiced all over the world. People nowadays are more interested in trying out fishing, whether it’s a one time experience or picking it up as a hobby. What I have learned overtime about fishing is that it is a meticulous, detailed sport. Unlike other traditional sports, like football, fishing requires different equipments depending on the environment. That is why I have come up with this simple guide for beginners to follow to prepare themselves before heading out for a day of fishing.
Do Your Research!
It is crucial that you educate yourself about the destination, whether it’s a pond or open sea, the more you know, the better. Here are some questions you could ask yourself for preparation:
- How far is the location from the city?
- What is the weather forecast today?
- Are there food stalls available closeby?
- What kind of fishes can be caught in that area?
- Approximately how deep is the water you’ll be fishing in?
- Will I need a fishing guide or an experienced angler to come along for the trip?
I would suggest you bring along at least one experienced angler when going on a fishing trip, They are usually filled with tips and tricks and will guide you through fighting the fish!
Understand the Basic Procedures
There are a few things new anglers will have to learn before going out to fish the water. This includes:
- Tying knots – Tying a fishing knot is an essential skill of fishing. The knot is the link between you and the fish; it is critical to your fishing success to know how to tie knots correctly and which knot to use in which scenario.
- Attaching fish bait or lure to hook – There are various techniques to doing this. It differs depending on the type of lure or bait you are using but the aim is to tightly attach it to the hook, in a way where it makes the hook invisible to the fish.
- Casting – the act of throwing the bait or a lure using a fishing line that is attached to the fishing rod, out over the water. The usual technique is to quickly flick the rod from behind toward the water. For safety reasons, please look around your surroundings before casting the rod; to make sure your hook will not get caught in the trees or hit another person.
Choose the Right Equipment
Having the right equipment is key for fishing. You can determine what is the right equipment once you have done your research. For beginners, it’s best to equip yourself with a simpler rod and reel, but depending on the location and what kind of fish you aim to catch, you will have to determine whether you need a light, medium or heavy set up.
The Bait is the Main Course of Fishing!
Be aware of what kind of fish you are aiming to catch and from there you can determine what is the best bait to attract them. Raw chicken skin and organs is a commonly used bait because it can attract fishes like Pacu, Catfish, Sultan fish and many more. For those of you who would like a challenge, you can opt for using a lure rather than a bait, but with the variety of lures available, make sure you research which lure is most suitable with the type of fishing you will be doing. I would like to emphasize the importance of this step because using the wrong bait or lure could mean a long, fishless trip!
Dress for Success & Be Prepared!
- Fishing trips are usually at least a few hours, some can even go for half a day, therefore wearing the right attire is crucial. If you are fishing in Malaysia, you should wear something that is airy as it can get pretty hot especially during the afternoons. Put on some comfortable pants and shoes as well. Bring along a cap, sunblock, rain jacket, and a face towel. Anything and everything that is waterproof is perfect for this kind of setting!
- Be prepared with food! Most of the places you visit for fishing, whether it is on a boat or at a pond, usually do not have a large selection of food to choose from. Some places may not even provide food at all, so pack yourself some snacks and a lunch and bring plenty of water to keep yourself energized and hydrated!
- Last but not least, get a good night’s sleep the night before! Fishing requires attention, patience and determination, so make sure you are awake and ready to fight the fish!
For those of you who would like to learn the skill of knot tying, please refer to the the link below for videos and instructions:
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