5 Skills You Should Master To Become An Expert Angler

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Summer is the perfect time for a lot of people to indulge in their favorite activity – fishing! For some, it is a sport, and for others, it is a hobby. But you cannot deny the fact that it helps satisfy a man’s primal urge to hunt. You do not have to be tall or strong to become a good angler. All you need are a few basic skills and plenty of patience:

• Casting:

It’s important to know how to cast a reel. It takes a lot of practice – you can begin by practicing in your backyard. Beginners often use the spin casting method as it is a lot easier than bait casting, and can be used to catch fish without breaking the fishing line. Bait casting is usually for seasoned anglers and involves a revolving spool fishing reel.

• Setting the drag:

Learning how to set the drag helps you keep the fishing line from breaking. A drag is a pair of friction plates inside the fishing reel; when a fish pulls the line, the drag allows the line to slip so that it does not snap because of the sudden pressure. They’re more like your car breaks – apply gentle pressure for small fish, and increased pressure for a bigger fish.

• Setting the hook:

You can’t catch a fish without knowing how to set a hook! If you’re a beginner, try and feel the weight before setting the fish. If the fish isn’t biting, but only tapping on the bait, it is best to wait. Sometimes, the bobber is pulled down, and sometimes you may feel pressure on the fishing line. Some

• Choosing a bait:

The right type of bait helps to catch the right kind of fish – your challenge is to find a bait that’s perfect for your type of fishing. You may either choose an artificial or live bait. With a live bait, you will have to careful to keep it alive and ensure that it remains on the hook. Some live bait examples include worms, minnows, crayfish, shrimps, cut up pieces of fish, etc. Artificial baits are effective, but remember to choose the right color. For example, choose greens for green water, blues for blue water, and blacks or purple to fish at night.

• Reeling a fish:

Fishes caught in a reel jump or swim against the line to free themselves. Hold your rod at a 45-degree angle before you begin to reel. Fishes in shallow waters tend to jump while those in deep waters tend to swim towards the bottom.

Fishing isn’t always about catching the fish; anglers love the camaraderie between fellow fishing enthusiasts.

Author Bio :

The Author is an outdoor enthusiast. He loves to write about his hobbies, viz. hunting, fishing, and camping.

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