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10 steps to start fishing




Turn off the video games. Put up the balls, bats and other stuff. It’s time for a different kind of fun — fishing. Follow these simple steps!

step-11.jpgSTEP 1: For gear, KEEP IT SIMPLE. All you need is a cane, fiberglass or graphite pole, available at a bait shop or discount store for about 10 bucks.

Also buy a small spool of monofilament fishing line (6- or 8-pound test for fresh water, 10- or 12-pound test for salt water), a couple of plastic bobbers, some split shot sinkers (BB size) and some hooks (size 2 for small bait, up to size 3/0 for bigger bait). A small tackle box with divided trays and a carrying handle keeps it all organized.

STEP 2: Bait. You can buy minnows, night crawlers, redworms and crickets at a bait shop. But it’s more fun to CATCH YOUR OWN. Get minnows out of a nearby creek by using a dip net. Look under stream rocks for crayfish. Find redworms and crickets under logs and leaf litter.

Other baits work, too. Saltwater fish love shrimp, dead or alive. Trout will bite kernel corn and cheese. Catfish will eat pieces of Ivory soap! Carry your bait in a small plastic bucket.

STEP 3: Cut off a length of line about a foot longer than the length of your pole. Wrap an end around the tip of your pole and TIE IT TIGHTLY.

step-4.jpgSTEP 4: Match a hook to your bait. (Size 3/0 for long worms, say, 1/0 for small shrimp.) Tie the hook to the opposite end of the line using a knot that won’t slip, such as THE PALOMAR KNOT shown here. (Wet all knots before pulling tight.) Bad knots lose good fish.

STEP 5: You’re ready for the fishing hole. If you live near the coast, you can catch all kinds of saltwater fish around piers and large rocks close to shore. If you live inland, A POND IS YOUR BEST BET – most ponds are loaded with bluegills and bass.

step-72.jpgSTEP 6: Try bobber-fishing. After baiting your hook, attach the bobber above your line (two feet for starters, longer if the bait needs to go deeper). Now simply extend the pole out over the water and lower it UNTIL THE BOBBER FLOATS ON THE WATER. Keep the pole horizontal to the water and hold it steady.

STEP 7: Wait for the fish to bite. FISHING TAKES PATIENCE! It’s common for fish to take several minutes to find your baited hook. Watch your bobber. If it jumps or shakes, a fish is nibbling your bait!

STEP 8: When the bobber goes completely under the surface, SET THE HOOK by raising the pole quickly. Then point your pole straight up in the air, so the fish swings to you.

step-9.jpgSTEP 9: Handle with care! Most fish you’ll catch from shore don’t have sharp teeth, but many have spiny fins. Grasp the fish GENTLY BUT FIRMLY behind the head as shown. Use needle-nose pliers to remove the hook.

STEP 10: Take a photo of your catch. Then gently put the fish BACK IN THE WATER so it can swim away, grow bigger, make babies — and be caught another day.

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Comments about “10 steps to start fishing”

  1. President Obama says:

    I might try these tips for my first fishing trip

  2. Meh says:

    Can you get all of the kit from one place??

  3. shotgun scout says:

    with these tips i caugt a nine in. rainbow trout! thanks boyslife!

  4. timten says:

    I’m supposed to catch and cook some fish for a school project and I think I’ll use these tips! Thank you Boys Life!

  5. Cubdad says:

    Took my son catfishing today, he landed an eight pounder. (Turtle) he had a great time.

  6. fisherman says:

    I can’t wait to try those tips out

  7. J man says:

    Good advice.

  8. cegan067 says:

    this would be fun for my pond in my backyard

  9. Jedi Master says:

    I used these strategies and caught a 8 in. Brown Trout

  10. a.j. says:

    i cot a 17 16 15 and 4 inch trouts win i last wint camping with my family

  11. a.j. says:

    i cot a 17 16 15 and 4 inch trout with my parents and grandparents the last time i wint camping!!!!!

  12. al says:

    what if i wanna keep it an eat it???

  13. master fisher says:

    i think this is great for beginers

  14. ironknife22 says:

    i already know how to use a rod and reel,
    but i think this is great advice for beginner fisherman.

  15. edrcfvg says:

    i knew that

  16. supertoria12 says:

    Great! I’m going fishing in two days, and this info will come in handy!

  17. ausman08 says:

    i won a pole at a boy scot raffle so im set

  18. babycakes08 says:

    i think if you are just starting out on fishing then i think this is a great way to find out how to go fishin.

  19. Deerhunter says:

    I love fishing but i wish boyslife would give some hunting tips or trapping tips

  20. VIPER says:

    tHIS IS A GOOD WAY TO LEARN HOW TO FISH AND THE VIEDO SHOWING HOW TO SHAPPEN AN AX AND KNIFE ARE VERY USEFUL

  21. kishimoto says:

    I wish that was me!!

  22. Deerhunter says:

    I love catfishing and boylife has given me some great fishing tips

  23. hunterse says:

    coolllll

  24. yo dog says:

    my point exatly

  25. pablo says:

    I love your tips and i love fishing for blue gill.

  26. if you says:

    if you whant to learn to fish just aske your dad or grandparents

  27. Siy says:

    I think Boys Life is a grate way to give scouts grater uderstanding of scoting. So is this.

  28. jjngbkjkdfgsdfkgb says:

    cool.

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