Why practice? We know that a practice makes perfect. Getting prepared properly and practice your fishing skills at your backyard will improve your confidence and fishing skills before the real game.
Even when it’s practice, make it as real as possible. Use real equipment so that you got the authentic feeling and can, therefore enhance your skills most comfortably.
So what do real gears include?
- Hooks: the go-to thing that keeps the fish stay with you. Attention alert: the hooking part is called barb, which is very sharp and can cause injury. Pay attention to it when you practice. If you get hooked, do not take it out by yourself as you can be further infected. Call the hospital to get a correct treatment.
- Fishing rod/ pole: if it comes with a spool, then it’s called a fishing rod. There are two types of reel that you need to research and consider before purchase: spinning reel and bait casting. Spinning reels automatically roll out and retrieve the line while bait casting perform these tasks manually. For more information on spinning reels, a nice place to visit is http://spinningreelcenter.com/. They offer a wide variety of gears from basic stuff for starters to the best spinning reel for professionals.
- Fishing line: It has a numeric indicator suggesting how much can the line hold. Therefore, the bigger type of fish you are planning to catch, the bigger number you need. The golden rule is 10 pound for the average fish.
- Knife: a knife is useful to cut the fishing line.
- Bait: there is a world of baits to choose from, depending on the type of fish you catch, how you want toretrieve the rod, the specific features of your fishing environment, etc. For practical purposes, you can use gummy worms.
- Bobber: those are floating stuff that makes your rod more noticeable and notifies you when the fish clicks. Notice that it must still float with the sinker and the rod.
- Sinkers: This is when you read fish’s mind. They like objects at the same depth as themselves. Therefore, your bait must reach a certain water depth. That is when you need sinkers. Use pliers to attach sinkers along your fishing line from 4 inches above the lure.
Time to Practice
Here are some fundamental fishing assets and the way you can practice them right in your backyard!
- Casting a line: Tie the heaviest bobber onto the line. Place a hola-hoop on your grass. Then practice casting so that the bobber is in the hoop (You’ll see why the bobber has to be bright!)
- Hooking the bait: Plug the gummy worms into the barb. Be careful not to be injured.
- Handling a fish: There are glorious moments when you catch a fish or a time when you want to return a fish to water. In both situations, you must know how to handle the fish to not hurt the fish and your hands. The recommended way is to gently hold the fish on its stomach (not on its sharp back) and put a finger into its mouth. Make sure your hands are wet. Then tenderly put the fish into water as if you are teaching it how to swim. After 1 minute you can let it go.