Taking a group of family members of friends out on the lake or on the river bank to fish is such an enjoyable experience. Recreational fishing is a good way to unwind after a long tiring week. An acquaintance of mine is a Madison Wisconsin roofer (http://www.paramountroof.com) that was bragging about the fishing in Wisconsin, so I said “if it’s so great, let’s go fishing.” He happily accepted so we arranged a day to meet on a central Wisconsin lake. Sure enough, he was right! We had a great time, caught lots of fish, and swapped lots of stories. We talked about gear too, and it got me thinking about how you can have an enjoyable experience with the right equipment and make the most of your outdoor experience.
Tackle includes a rod and reel, hooks, bobbers, and bait. The hooks are very sharp as they are designed to penetrate the fish and catch them on the line. Therefore, you need to be very careful when handling tackle to prevent injury.
There are many types of bobbers available in the market and it is good that you choose one that suits your needs. If you are a novice fisher, choose plain red ones as they are easy to use. These brightly colored bobbers usually rest on the surface of the water until a fish comes along to jerk on the line.
The rod and reel used by each angler should fit his or her individual size. Children should use rods that are small enough for them to hold and manipulate in their hands independently. It is also good to select short rods that are less than 5 feet in length for small kids to ensure that they can cast and reel without adult help.
You can either use a live or artificial bait. Artificial bait may have a tackle box filled with different options to help you catch fish. Even though there are many advantages associated with using an artificial bait, it may be a good idea for beginning anglers to start with something simpler.
Earthworms can be extremely effective and affordable for beginners. It is a simpler option to such an extent that kids can even put a worm on a hook before casting the line into the water.
Catch and keep or release
You must decide whether you want to catch and keep or catch and release. If you want to keep a catch, follow local guidelines about the size of the fish pulled from the water. It is usually a good idea to release any small fish you catch.
Avoid keeping more fish than can reasonably be used. For catch and release, you must handle the fish carefully to avoid injuring them. Return the fish to water as soon as possible to minimize their stress. Gently remove the hook from the mouth of the fish to prevent damaging it.