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The Very Simple Basic Steps
How to Fish

For Basic How To Fish Techniques with more detailed information click here.

First thing you will need is a Fishing License,
unless your fishing on private property . . . LEGALLY!


All you need is a fishing rod and reel, a small spool of fishing line (6 to 8 pound test), a couple of plastic bobbers, some split shot sinkers (BB size), and some hooks (size 2 up to size 3/0).
A tackle box with a handle will help keep it all organized.

  You can buy live bait which would include night crawlers, minnows, or crickets at a bait shop.  But it is more fun to catch your own.  Carry your bait in a small plastic bucket.

You can also buy artificial bait which would include Lures, plastic worms, etc.

Prepare your rod and reel for the day of fishing.  Make sure all parts are in working order.

Match a hook to the bait.  3/0 hook for large worms and a 1/0 for minnows.  Tie the hook to the end of your line using a knot that won't slip.  See Our Page on Knots for different types of knots.

Now you are ready to go fishing.

After baiting your hook, attach the bobber above the hook (two feet for starters). Lower the hook into the water until the bobber floats.  Hold your pole steady.

Now wait for the fish to bite. 
Watch the bobber, if it jumps or shakes a fish is nibbling your bait.

When your bobber goes completely under water, set the hook.  This is done by raising the pole quickly.  Reel in the fish with care.

Once the fish is landed, handle it with care.  Most fish don't have sharp teeth but may have spiny fins.  Hold the fish firmly and remove the hook.  Needle-nose pliers may be needed.

This is a good time to get a picture of your catch.  

Catch and Release   or   Prepare Your Catch

We'll go into more detail about fishing strategies later in this site, but for now let's move on to what kind of Fishing Gear one will need to get started.
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It is important that people who fish follow all fishing rules and regulations.
These rules help conserve fish populations and also help anglers be successful.
Regulations may limit the size of, number of, and season that a type of fish may be caught, and may require a license to fish. In some cases, only “catch and release” fishing is allowed, which means the fish must be let go. Some bait is illegal in certain areas.
Contact your state wildlife agency by visiting Our Rules and Regulations Page.

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