Everything You Need to Know and Have to enjoy your fishing experience As a beginner

Fishing is one of the most popular participatory sport around the world. More than 40 million people do fishing every year and the number is increasing day by day. The satisfaction and tranquility it provides could only be understood after experiencing it. It is a fascinating and alluring activity with history dating back to at least 40,000 years. In the recent decades, it has become a preferred way to spend quality time with family and friends. Angling not only aids in stress relieving, improved social bonding but it also incites the feeling of self fulfillment, recreation, thrill and joy. This article is a fishing guide for beginners.

In this series, we intend to apprise you of fundamental fishing concepts in order to help improve your experience. The core purpose of this series is to add ecstasy and pleasure in traditional fishing practices while improving your expertise in this domain as well. Basic concepts to start fishing are explained as below:

  • Getting Started
  • Fishing Techniques for Beginners
  • Preferred Fishing Equipment for Beginners
  • Types of Fishing
  • Best Places for Fishing
  • Best Fishing Practices

First of all, we will try to make you sink in the above-mentioned concepts by discussing these in depth so that you may choose the best for you to start this exciting ride.

Getting Started

So, let’s get straight to the things you need to have to kick off your first fishing experience.

Getting a License for Fishing:

Every country and state have rules and regulations on fishing. You can normally get a license for a day, month or year depending on your passion and preference. As a result of having a fishing license, you are bound to follow specific fishing rules and regulations prevailing in the country / state.

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Fishing Rod and Reel:

A fishing rod is a long, flexible rod used to catch fish. At its simplest, a fishing rod is a simple stick or pole attached to a line ending in a hook (formerly known as an angle, hence the term angling). The length of the rod can vary between 2 and 20 feet (0.61 and 6.10 m).

As a beginner, you must keep things simple. So, you should look for the equipment which does the job for you rather than looking for too fancy and expensive stuff. In other words, a graphite or fiberglass rod would suffice. Use basic spinning rod with around 6 feet of length for up to 6~8 pounds fish or under. These rods can be used both in fresh water and saltwater. Spinning rods come with a reel which is used for spinning while baiting the fish. Just choose a rod which fits into your hands comfortably.

Fenwick Eagle Spinning Fishing Rod

Features like B2 burled cork and stainless steel guides and inserts enhance the durability of the rod
2 piece graphite blanks sport responsive, time-tested actions that Fenwick is known for
Fenwick Eagle 2-Piece Spinning Rod is tried-and-true performers on the water

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Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod

Ugly Stik®GX2TM rods feature Ugly TechTM construction with a combination of Graphite and fiberglass to create a strong, yet sensitive rod with better balance for a lighter weight feel
Ugly Stik® Clear Tip® design for extra strength and added sensitivity
Durable and lightweight EVA grips

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Abu Garcia SMAX3 Silver Max Low Profile Fishing Reel

5 stainless steel ball Bearings + 1 roller bearing provides smooth Operation
Machined aluminum spool provides strength without adding Excess weight
Power disk drag System gives smooth drag performance

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Diwa Fishing Reels Spinning Reel 13+1 Stainless BB Full Aluminum Alloy Body Ultra Smooth Light Weight Powerful Trout…

Metal body, Rotor and heavy-duty aluminum alloy bail wire offer exceptional durability, and the aluminum alloy bracket will not fracture.
Durable, High-range spinning reel ideal for conquering big freshwater and saltwater gamefish.
Great features, Interchangeable right or left handle computerized numerical control machined aluminum handle, excellent line lay oscillation system. Ultra-thin streamline body design. Suitable for a variety of waters, such as ocean boat fishing, ocean rock fishing, ocean beach fishing, lake, river, reservoir pond, stream etc. Perfect thanksgiving birthday christmas gift for fisherman.

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Fishing Line:

A fishing line is a cord used or made for angling. It is generally as durable as and comparable to a string. Important parameters of a fishing line are its length, material, and weight (thicker lines are more visible to fish). Monofilament fishing line with 6~8 pounds capacity is recommended for the beginners.

Berkley Trilene Big Game Monofilament 1-Pound Spool

Incredible strength for confidence and control
Shock resistant - Controlled stretch adds fighting power
Extra tough and abrasion resistant

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Sufix 660-020G-X 832 Braid 20 Pounds LoVis 150 yards (Green)

8 Fibers (Featuring one GORE Performance Fiber and 7 Dyneema Fibers)
Ultimate Abrasion Resistance
Unbeatable Strength

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Goture Superpower PE Braide-500M/547Yard Saltwater Fishing Line 4 Strands 12-65LB Advanced Superline

Incredible abrasion resistance and knot strength
Round and smooth design increase casting distance and overall fishability
The advanced 4 braided construction boasts ultrasensitivity that detects light bites and has low memory for outstanding castability and handling

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Berkley Trilene Big Game Monofilament 1-Pound Spool

Incredible strength for confidence and control
Shock resistant - Controlled stretch adds fighting power
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Clippers, Hooks and weights:

Fishing clippers are used to cut the fishing line as and when required. Simple nail clippers would also be perfect for beginners.

Dr.meter Aluminum Fishing Pliers, Saltwater Resistant Fishing Gear, Tungsten Carbide Cutters Split Ring Pliers Hook…

Complete 3-Piece Fishing Tool Set: Get the kit that does it all. Each Dr.meter Fishing Tool Set includes a fish plier, a fish gripper, and even a durable fish gloves! It's perfect for pros and amateurs alike.
Heavy Duty Fish Plier: Thanks to its aluminum and stainless steel construction, the fish plier is tough as nails. Use it to remove hooks, cut your line, and more.
Convenient Fish Gripper: Hold on to slippery, slimy fish with the fish gripper! The metal hook holds the fish in place, and the EVA handle helps you maintain a tight grip in both wet and dry conditions.

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Rapala Combo Pack 6 1/2 Pliers/Jig Punch/Hook Sharpener/Clipper

6-1/2" Fisherman's Pliers
Jig Buster
Hook Sharpener

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A fish hook or fishhook is a device for catching fish either by impaling them in the mouth or, more rarely, by snagging the body of the fish. The hooks have been employed for centuries by anglers to catch fresh and saltwater fish. They are available in a variety of sizes but sizes from 6-10 are recommended for small fishes. Circle hooks are recommended if you are planning to catch and release fish.

Drasry Fishing Hooks Set for Saltwater Freshwater Bait Hook High Carbon Steel Fish Treble Hooks

Treble Fishing Hooks are made out of high carbon steel, with High Strength and Corrosion Resistance. whether fishing in freshwater or saltwater.
They are packaged in a transparent plastic box for keeping the different sizes separated and easy to access.
Available in 5 sizes. 50pcs hooks in a box - 10pcs Each for size, easy to stow and transport. to suit your multiple fishing applications

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Gamakatsu Trout Worm Hook

Type: Freshwater
Quantity Per Pack: 10
Color: Bronze

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JSHANMEI Worm Hooks Set Assorted Size&Color Senko Bait Wide Gap Fishing Hooks for Bass Trout Saltwater

JSHANMEI Worm fishing hooks,80pcs assorted color worm hooks,150pcs all black worm hooks,sharp hooks,please stay away from your children.
Highest quality qngler gear for all types of fishers,trusted for reliabilty, durability, and strength
JSHANMEI worm hook made for high carbon steel and field tested to ensure you can compete with the best

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A fishing weight also known as sinker or knoch is used in conjunction with a fishing lure or hook to increase its rate of sink, anchoring ability, and/or casting distance. These may be as small as 1 gram for applications in shallow water, and even smaller for fly fishing applications, or as large as several pounds or considerably more for deep sea fishing. They are formed into nearly innumerable shapes for diverse fishing applications. Typically, a combination of hooks and weights are available in a package which are usually cheap as well. So, as a beginner, you should opt for a package having both hooks and sinkers of different sizes and weights.

Water Gremlin Company Removable Split Shot Pro Pack, 48ea/BB, 36ea/3/0, 16ea/7, 12ea/5, 12ea/4

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Shaddock Fishing 54pcs Assorted 7 Size Weight Bell/Bass Casting Sinker Weight Kits Fishing Weights

Style: Bell/Bass Casting Sinker Weight
Weight Will Slide Up and Down the Line
Package Included: 54pcs in a Handy Box

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Bullet Weights Sinker Kits 60 Piece kit

Longer lasting Ultra Steel; Retains its shape better,
Less oxidized build-up; Improved snag resistance
Less bulk than other non-lead materials

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PREMIUM MATERIAL - Abrasion resistance, corrosion and high aging resistance, good shock resistance and long performance life. They help submerge to the deep water quickly.
PERFORMANCE - Oval shape, they are hard and firm for the easy drop to water. Round holes with no burrs inside for wires or fishing line to thread through easily without making a brittle line.
ADVANTAGE - The oval shape will reduce the possibility of tangling with stones or rocks and could reduce the resistance. They help you to get fishing lures or soft baits down to the plentiful fish area. They are commonly used in freshwater or salty water.

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Fishing Bobbers or Floats:

A fishing float or is an item of angling equipment. It is usually attached to a fishing line and it can serve several purposes. Firstly, it can suspend the bait at a predetermined depth. Secondly, due to its buoyancy, it can also carry the baited hook to otherwise inaccessible areas of water by allowing the float to drift in the prevailing current. Finally, a float can also serves as a visual bite indicator. Hence for starters, simple and cheap fishing bobbers are recommended.

THKFISH Fishing Floats and Bobbers Balsa Wood Floats Spring Bobbers Oval Stick Floats Slip Bobbers for Crappie Panfish…

SENSITIVE SPRING SLIP BOBBERS: Spring Slip bobbers are Extremely Sensitive. Very responsive when the fish takes the bait. Slip bobbers slide freely up and down your fishing line. Work Great for fishing in a variety of situations and depths. Perfect for Crappie Panfish Walleyes Bass Trout. You can fish for walleye or catfish suspended inches off the bottom, panfish or pike suspended midway, or trout cruising along in the top third of the water column.
ADJUSTABLE VERSATILE FISHING BOBBERS : The slip bobber rig is extremely versatile because you can adjust it to present your bait to any depth and keep your bait in the strike zone longer. It presents your bait in its most natural state. Slip bobbers also make detecting light bites much easier. The float position can be adjusted by rotating the Spring: Slide Bobbers or Fixed Bobbers.
HIGH VISIBILITY FLUORESCENT PAINT: High visibility fluorescent paint. Helping the angler visually recognize the bite from a fish. Bright fishing bobbers makes it easier to see when the fish take the bait.  The adjustable sensitivity and easily adjustable position make this very easy to install and use. Very functional and effective fishing floats and bobbers.

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THKFISH Slip Bobbers Fishing Floats and Bobbers Balsa Wooden Fishing Slip Bobbers for Crappie Panfish Walleyes Bass…

LIGHT AND SENSITIVE SLIP FLOATS: Slip bobbers are light and sensitive. Very responsive when the fish takes the bait. Slip bobbers slide freely up and down your fishing line. Work Great for fishing in a variety of situations and depths. Perfect for Crappie Panfish Walleyes Bass Trout. You can fish for walleye or catfish suspended inches off the bottom, panfish or pike suspended midway, or trout cruising along in the top third of the water column.
ADJUSTABLE BOBBERS FOR DIY FISHING: The slip bobber rig is extremely versatile because you can adjust it to present your bait to any depth and keep your bait in the strike zone longer. It presents your bait in its most natural state. Slip bobbers also make detecting light bites much easier. You can fish for walleye or catfish suspended inches off the bottom, panfish or pike suspended midway, or trout cruising along in the top third of the water column. There is a lot of flexibility.
EFFECTIVE VIXIBILITY SLIP BOBBERS: Super visible environment friendly low VOC paint scheme with water based varnish. Bright slip bobbers makes it easier to see when the fish take the bait. Slip bobbers are the ultimate for fishing live bait at various depths. Just a quick adjustment of the bobber stop puts the bait where you want it. Adjust the depth slide the bobber stop up or down on the line, you can fish as deep or shallow as you'd like. Fishing bobbers are very effective for fishing.

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Fishing Baits:

Fishing bait is any substance used to attract and catch fish, which is attached on the end of a fishing hook, or inside a fish trap. Traditionally, nightcrawlers, insects, and smaller bait fish have been used for this purpose. Moreover, fishermen have also begun using plastic bait and more recently, electronic lures, to attract fish. Live baits are preferred for beginners however if some of you are not comfortable, you can also opt for plastic baits.

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Berkley PowerBait FW Natural Salmon Egg Scent Glitter Trout Fishing Bait (Salmon Peach)

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Crystalina glitter reflects light and increases visibility

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Each Spinnerbait comes with a sharp treble hooks with brightly colored strike-attractor sleeves
The packing box makes you more convenient to use and restock

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Rebel Lures Wee-Crawfish Fishing Lure

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Diving Depth: 5-7 Feet
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Accessories and Add-ons:

You may also require different accessories and add-ons depending on your goals. For example, you need an ice chest and bucket if you are planning to keep your fish. Similarly, hat, pliers, camera and weighing scale could also be handy while fishing. Moreover, a fishing chest would also be helpful during the experience.

EGO S2 Slider Large Landing Net

Varying hoop sizes: 19 inch by 21 inch hoop and 22 inch by 23 inch hoop
29 inch S2 handle extends to 60 inches
Innovative Grip Design

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RESTCLOUD Fishing Landing Net with Telescoping Pole Handle Extends to 50 Inches

Fishing landing net is made of sturdy netting and a corrosion resistant aluminum handle to ensure long term performance and reliable use. Great for use fishing in salt water and fresh water!
The telescopic handle extends from 18" to 36" allows for the extra reach needed to get to your catch, great for kids and adults.
Lightweight soft mesh will not damage fish, making it a perfect tool for both beginner and advanced fishermen to use for catch and release.

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Consequently, the above mentioned items are basic requirements if you want to start fishing. In addition to separate products for each functionality, the above mentioned items are also available in combined package so you do not have to go through each item individually. There are numerous options available which a beginner can opt.

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