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Do you have a fond memory of catching your first fish? Perhaps you were with your father or with friends on a lake? Fishing is an enjoyable hobby in which anyone can partake, and the article below provides some great advice for catching “the big one”.

Almost any fisherman can improve his chances by wearing camouflaged clothing. Fish don’t have excellent eye sight but they are not colorblind, so they can easily be spooked if you wear bright colors or anything else that is particularly noticeable. Earth tones is the recommended choice.

Cast upstream so that your bait can be gently carried into the area you wish to fish. This allows your bait to look much more natural, resulting in more bites. Be careful of how much slack line you leave in the water; don’t leave an excessive amount.

If you can’t reel in fish with your favorite lure, check the integrity of your hooks. Frequent use will make hooks to become blunt or even twisted. Many fishers forget this, even though it can reduce results dramatically. Just by switching hooks you may catch more fish.

Keep quiet while fishing. Fish are frightened by loud noises and will leave the area if you are too loud. Sitting silently, or speaking in a very low voice will give you the best change of luring the fish close and reeling in your catch.

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If you are planning to follow a catch and release plan, bring a camera along so you can remember your catches before releasing them back to the wild. The fish will live and now you a long-lasting photo to show everyone.

It is good form to release any fish you’ve caught that aren’t worth keeping. Always release fish which are below the size limit, and do not keep more than the number allowed per day. Controlling the amount you take from a source will help ensure fish for later seasons.

It is important to learn how to set a hood while fishing. Especially when you are using lures, a fast hook set becomes essential in fishing. A poorly-set hook puts you at risk of losing a fish after you have done all the hard work necessary to get it to bite.

Spinnerbaits are terrific lures for fishing novices interested in using something other than worms. These types of lures work really well when fishing in shaded areas or in murky water around a dock. The best fish to catch with a spinnerbait is bass, but crappie can fall for it as well.

Smallmouth bass and walleye are particularly particular with regards to any live bait you may use. Take along around two dozen leeches for those time when you need a variety of bait. They will stay alive through the night in a Styrofoam container if you add a little water in the bottom.

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If you fish and want to do catch and release, don’t fight with the fish. In most cases, the fight could cause injuries or exhaust the fish. Just let it go if it is giving you a hard time.

Take note of the fish’s movements if you have one hooked. Once you note that the jumps are less frequent, this is a sign that the fish is tired, and once it rolls on its side, it’s ready to be caught. Once this happens, you will know that the fish has worn itself out and is ready to be reeled in. Wait until you observe the fish rolling over on its side, and then begin to bring it in.

The best time to engage in a break while fishing is at noon. During this time, the sun’s rays shine directly on the water. As a result, many fish are reluctant to pursue your lure. Enjoy a nice long lunch and go back to fishing when the light isn’t as bright.

The current is your friend when it comes to fishing. If you encounter a current, work with it instead of against it. Casting your lure and twitching your rod a few times gives a very attractive effect to passing fish. Your lure will be noticed if you do this!

When you are fishing for bass, get to know the peculiarities of the water you’re fishing in. Learn where the fish are generally located, especially if you fish in the same area each time you fish. In addition to location, it is important to learn when the bass are most active. Timing, in fact, is one of the most important skills you can learn when fishing for bass.

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Know what kinds of fish are native to your favorite spots. Get familiar with the bait that appeal to various fish, and select your bait accordingly. You can have the best fishing gear in the world, but if there are no fish, you’re not going to be successful.

Although boat fishing will help you locate the best fishing spots, it also can add danger to your fishing. When fishing out of a boat, always think about safety first. Always wear a life vest, keep oars on board, and keep aware of changes in the weather.

Depending upon the kind of fish that you hope to land, you may need to use a different hook size than you are used to working with. Hooks are sized using a number system; larger hooks have smaller numbers and smaller hooks have larger numbers. The smallest hooks (sizes 10-14) are best suited for small fish like perch, while large hooks (sizes 6-8) are perfect for fishing up bass and walleye.

Do some research. It is always important to know the specifics of when and where you are fishing. Before going to a fishing spot, look up some information on it. Become familiar with the types of fish you are likely to encounter. Know the currents and the best fishing spots. Always know what to expect regarding the weather.

Take the information you have learned here, and be sure to share it with friends and family. They’ll be surprised by how much knowledge you now have, and they’ll be touched that you shared this knowledge with them. Fishing together is a great way to spend some quality time together and bond with your friends and family.