Here’s how to start fishing when you have no idea

Debbie Hanson

You are done watching other people fishing, and now you can learn how to fish yourself. There’s only one thing – you don’t know exactly how to start fishing.

Also, maybe your family and friends don’t have much fishing experience, or you live in a big city and don’t know where to fish. Whatever the reasons, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. If you want to learn how to start fishing but have no idea, keep this advice in mind.

Keep it simple

If you can’t fish, just keep it simple. Only learn one or two fishing tips or techniques at a time, e.g. B. how to tie a clinch knot or how to bait the hook, and then build your knowledge from there. Learning to fish is easier than you think.

Find a bank fishing spot

Find a nearby waterway that provides access to coastal fishing. Fishing is not much different than going to the gym to exercise in the sense that if you have a convenient place to exercise regularly, you are more likely to hold onto it. Look for lakes, rivers, ponds, piers, or public beaches that are easy to get to and close to where you live.

Buy a fishing license

If you have a local fishing spot in mind, buying a fishing license is a good next step. You need to know whether you are planning on freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing as this will determine the type of fishing license you will need to purchase.

Learn to identify species of fish

Learn how to identify the species of fish in your waters so you can read, understand, and follow your state’s fishing regulations. This includes species size restrictions, pocket restrictions, and special fishing rules or regulations that apply to seasons or specific waterways.

Get a Rod and Reel Combo

You can purchase a rod and reel combo pre-wound with line from your local tackle shop or outdoor retailer. Ask an in-store fishing expert what is recommended for the best fishing tackle for beginners. They will be happy to advise you on the most suitable gear and equipment for your fishing starter kit.

Use live bait

As you learn to fish, keep in mind that live or natural baits are recommended for beginners. Live or natural baits are usually the best choices for enticing the fish to bite. Once you have some experience, you can “graduate” to lures.

Since you have the answers to the question, “What do I need to go fishing for the first time?” The next step is to choose a fishing spot, buy your fishing license, read the rules and start fishing now that you actually have a clue.

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Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, advocate of sport fishing for women, IGFA world record holder and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.