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Fishing is a beloved hobby that has evolved from one of the oldest human practices of all time. It allows people to be in the midst of nature, giving them time to relax and enjoy the beauty of the world. Not only that, but it can expand the experiences you would have access to when you go camping or hiking. 

Though you might have to learn how to make fisherman’s knots and use hook tie tools, fishing in itself is quite uncomplicated and easy to get into. If you don’t know where to start, however, read on to this guide created for you: the budding fisherman.

Step 1: Obtain a license

The first thing you have to do to start fishing is to look up local regulations. Most territories do not require a license to fish, but there are some that do. Double-check your ordinances to be sure you are not doing anything illegal or untoward. 

Step 2: Learn fishing etiquette

There are unspoken rules that anglers follow out of respect for fellow fishermen. For example, when someone you don’t know is fishing near you, give them plenty of space. 45 feet or more should be enough. If it is not crowded, go up to 150 feet if you can. 

It is also an unspoken rule to never take more than you can eat. If the fish is too small, throw it back. If you’re not going to eat it, this is also the best course of action. 

Most importantly, it is important to treat your surroundings and nature with respect. Do not disturb the natural area, and always take your rubbish with you. After all, you do not want to destroy the ecosystem that keeps the fish you love catching in large numbers. 

Step 3: Familiarise yourself with the jargon

Each hobby comes with its own peculiar terminology, and fishing is not exempt. Some of the terms most popularly used are:

  • Action: the amount of bending your rod can take
  • Bail: a metal piece of the reel that keeps the line from tangling
  • Barb: a triangular shape that prevents the hook from releasing while catching a fish
  • Swivels: a method of joining lines that also prevents lines from twisting back  up into the reel
  • Sinkers: tools to help keep your bait in the zone when the area is particularly windy or unstable

Step 4: Use the right equipment

Fishing has quite a bit of equipment involved, such as the rod, reel, fishing line, weights, hooks, lures, hook tying tools, and so on. Having these tools on hand and knowing how to use them can save time and energy. 

It is also important to invest only in the best products and accessories such as those supplied by Hook-Eze. After all, you do not want to wake up early and travel to be out in nature, only to have your rod snap and your lines entangling. 

One thing you also should not forget is sunscreen. Use the appropriate sunscreen to reduce the risk of burns and other skin conditions. 

Final thoughts

You might think that it is daunting to start fishing, but it is a lovely hobby that takes patience and the right tools to learn. The beauty of this is, once you’ve learned the basics, you can enjoy the hobby as though you had always known how to fish. 

If you’re looking for equipment like hook tying tools to aid you on your fishing journey, get in touch with us at Hook-Eze. We can help make your experience safer and more enjoyable with our products. Not only that, but we currently have holiday gift packs on sale!