Getting Started

Anyone can go fishing — you just need a few supplies to get started. A rod and reel, as well as some tackle, and the most essential, the bait! You’ll find everything you need at your local sporting goods store or fishing tackle shop. While you’re in the store, make sure to ask about a fishing license. Depending on your age and your state, you may need one to fish legally. Also pick up a copy of your state’s fishing laws (or regulations), which will tell you the types of fish, the minimum size limit, and the number of fish you can catch in one day.

Here is a brief video about the essential supplies you will need for your first fishing adventure at a local pond or lake:



How to Tie an Improved Clinch Knot

Before you can cast a line into the water, you must learn to tie a couple fishing knots. Fishing knots, unlike the knots you use to tie your shoes, are much stronger and are more likely to hold when you have a fish hooked. Learning to tie fishing knots is not difficult, it just takes practice.

The most popular fisherman’s knot is the improved clinch knot. It can be used to secure fishing line to a fishing hook, weight, swivel, bobber or lure. This knot works great for light tackle and can be used for fishing line up to 20-pound test. Follow these steps to learn to tie the improved clinch knot:



How to Tie a Basic Bobber Rig

A fishing rig is the way you tie together the fishing tackle (such as a weight, hook, swivel, or bait) to your fishing line.  There are many types of rigs designed for different situations. Before you head out on your fishing trip, make sure to do a little bit of research about the place you will be fishing, this will help you to know what type of fishing rig to create. For fishing in a pond or small lake, beginner anglers should try the basic bobber rig. Follow these steps to put together the basic bobber rig:


How to Get a Fishing License

One of the most important items any angler needs before they go fishing is a fishing license, but don’t worry the process can be easy and affordable. Fishing license rules and regulations varies by state, so it’s important to check with your state fish and wildlife agency or Department of Natural Resources before you hit the water.

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