Successful Fishing Tips for Beginners

I’ve been invited to a fishing expedition by my good friend, so I’m reading up all I can aboutfishing and what I should know about it. I’m actually quite excited about this nature trip since I’ve been so busy with work lately that I have no time anymore to relax and stretch my feet.

fishing (2)As I browse the Internet and scavenge for fishing books, here are some of the most insightful tips I found out about fishing:

1. Do your research

There is no shortage in fishing resources, whether in local libraries, bookstores or the Internet. Pick a book that maybe a fishing expert suggested to you.

2. Learn the basics

Before actually going on a fishing expedition, make sure to learn the basics first such as attaching bait to your hook, casting the line and tying knots. Make sure you are not too squeamish about picking out worms as baits.

3. Choose the right equipment

There are all sorts of rods and reels available on the market. Choose one that fits your skills. If you’re only a beginner, chances are that open-faced fishing reels will not suit your abilities. Learn about the different rods and reels, and pick the one for beginners.

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4. Know about bait

You just don’t simply use worms as bait. Fishes have different attraction when it comes to bait. Catfish, for example, has an especially made catfish bait, or you can use chicken liver. Other fishes require different bait.

Of course, you should get a container for your baits and catches too. I always get my plastic wares with lid at

5. Choose the location

The type of fish you want to catch will depend on what locations you’re planning to go fishing in. Know about the fish and its natural habitat. And also, make sure that the location you’re planning in has an abundance of that fish.

6. Check the weather

The best weather is an overcast sky. Experts say overcast sky leads to the most successful fishing trips. Although you are allowed to fish in other weather conditions, a successful fishing trip would also depend on a fish-friendly climate.

7. Dress accordingly

It is important that you dress according to the weather you’re going fishing in. You may want to wear boots and you may have to do some layering if the weather is too cold.

It’s fairly easy to go fishing if you know what you’re going into. However, I guess the most important tidbit of information I can provide is never lose your patience. Fishing is for the thinkers and dreamers. You will spend a whole lot of time just staring to the sky, waiting for your line to go stiff.

Changing perspective

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Most days feel like the same old, same tired routine, day in and day out.  Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do – but things can get a bit monotonous.  Even typing that feels monotonous.  I guess I’m just having one of those down weeks, maybe months, where everything just seems a little off.

Rising before the sun comes up is only awesome for so long.  When the sunrise stops taking your breath away like it used to, you know you might need to mix it up a little.

I’m not sure what led to the attitude shift – but it just seemed like everything was so much more of a struggle than it used to be.  Kind of like I was trying to slog through wet cement just to make it to the end of the day.

Maybe it was that the fish weren’t biting as much as they used to.  Maybe my passion had just slipped away a little at a time.  Maybe it was being diagnosed with hemorrhoids from sitting all day in a boat.  Maybe it was my children leaving the nest.

Whatever it was, it was time for a change.  I couldn’t keep living this life of such miserable existence.

First things first – the hemorrhoids had to go.  I had been using this cream stuff that you had to apply multiple times a day – just typing that out makes me cringe again and think it’s no wonder I was a little down.  Hemorrhoid cream is messy and gross – and not in the same way fish guts are.  So, I found this all natural, homeopathic hemorrhoid treatment called Venapro.  Now this remedy was very different because it was an oral supplement that you take, and not a cream like all the others that I tried.  The convenience alone was amazing, and that made me happy.  In addition it actually gave me relief from my hemorrhoids and has kept them at bay so far.  Mission back to happiness stop one – check.

The next step that I took was to really change my perspective on the act of fishing.  Somewhere in doing it for a living, and having to support myself and family, I kind of lost my passion for the sport.  I’ve always heard that a man without a passion, project, or adventure is a man that is head towards depression.  I think that is where I was falling.

I didn’t want to find a new passion or project, for I knew I wanted to make fishing work, just need to change my perspective on it.  So, I got some new equipment, and I just let myself fall in love with fishing all over again.  You know what?  It worked.  I’m now chomping at the bit each morning to get back out there and fish some more.

Most importantly, I just took the time I needed to be sad.  Changes are a big deal, and make  me feel anxious.  I needed to grieve the way things used to be, before I could learn to love the way things are now.  So, I let myself mourn the loss of days gone by.  And, it passed in time.

Not saying this formula will work for you – but I ditched all the other awful hemorrhoid supplements out there in favor of Venapro, I got some new gear and fished just for the fun of it, and I actually felt my feelings before I made myself move on.

My day in the life isn’t what it used to be, but it’s sure a whole lot better than the past month or two.  While the fish might not be biting as much as I would like, the sunrise is a beautiful site again.  And that’s really all I can ask for in this life.

Take the time to appreciate the small things, and you’ll live an over all appreciative life.  And that’s what makes me happy.

How I Like to be on the Water

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Since I was a little kid, I’ve loved being in a boat.  Not a high speed, high thrill boat, though.  I’ve liked the slower speed, the ease of navigating with a paddle or steerable motor.  I’ve not been into water skiing or boarding or flying over the water at super high speeds.  I’ll take leisure over thrill any day.

I’ve never been much into those so called dangerous water sports.  When I’m out on the open water, I would much rather relax, take it easy, and stay out of the wet stuff myself. I leave the swimming to the fish.  And would much rather not be scared senseless while enjoying my time on the water like I would be behind the “wheel” of a jet ski or similar torture instrument.

I heard about the best inflatable SUP boards, and apparently they are all the rage now.  Everyone seems to be wanting to jump on this bandwagon to get into this new fade on the water.

What is SUP boarding?  It seems this is where you stand on a board similar to a surfboard and paddle around on the water.  While this might sound more my speed, I just can’t get behind it.  I can’t fish from there.  There’s nowhere to put my gear.  It also sounds incredibly boring.

I get the irony.  Most people think sitting on a boat in the quiet for hours without a single nibble is agony.  I’m not most people.  I’d prefer this to most anything in the world.  Guess it is just the way that I am wired.  The simplicity of it appeals to me.  Perhaps it is the time of quiet, nothing but my thoughts, just an opportunity to slow down and focus on just one thing.  During those moments nothing else is really competing for my attention, or needs my focus, just me waiting on a bite on my line.  That is why you can almost always find me in the little quiet boat, bobbing peacefully on the surface of the water.

I had a friend once that got into a serious jet ski accident when I was younger.  I didn’t like them before that, but you can bet your bottom dollar I wasn’t going to put my happy hide on one of those anytime soon after that.  My john boat does the trick.  Without the endless dangers.

Besides, all the loud motors and big wakes scare the fish away.  And then I don’t have any good stories to tell about the big one that got away.  Or have any dinner.  So, no loud motors for me!  I’d prefer that they not even be near me, but I’m not quite that crotchety yet to demand that all risky water business be taken elsewhere.  Maybe in a few years.

If that’s your thing, I don’t mean any offense.  It’s truly a matter of personal preference.  And I believe my preference is right.. but that’s an argument for another day.  The water is sacred.  Enjoy it however you like – just stay out of my way!  Ha!

My Top 3 Beverages For Fishing

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A cold beverage and a rod in your hand just go together.  I was sitting on the lake the other day contemplating perfect combinations, and this was at the forefront of my brain.  It might not be very deep, but I came up with my top 3 beverages to have the cooler stocked with on a long day of fishing that are just about as close to heaven as you can get.

  1. A Coke

    Whatever your brand preference, there’s not much better than an ice cold soda to enjoy in the sun while you wait for the fish to bite.  Except for the fish actually biting.  It takes me back to when I was a little boy, and my grandpa would split a glass bottle between two cups for us in the boat, and we would toast to our day.  Not a day goes by that I don’t flash back to that, so a coke is naturally in my top three.

  2. IdealShape

    If you haven’t heard of IdealShape, they make a killer meal replacement shake.  It’s perfect for those long days where meals are really far apart, and you need something to tide you over.  It’s got killer nutrition, great taste, and even satisfies my sweet tooth without weighing me down and making me sleepy.  It definitely keeps me running for the rest of the day.

  3. Ice Cold Beer

    Honestly, you can’t beat it.  Nothing relaxes me more than kicking back in the boat with a cold one.  But obviously you can’t fill your cooler up with just beer and have a productive day of fishing.  Please drink responsibly, and don’t drink and drive (your boat, car, or anything else!).  I do like to unwind with one as the sun sets to seal off another great day of fishing though.

So, there you have it.  A day in my thoughts.  Nothing too deep, always about fishing.  Your turn- let me know your favorites for your cooler and maybe I’ll find something new to keep stock of!



The Most Bizarre Catch Ever


It had started as a hazy morning, and it looked to be a perfect day for reeling in the big ones. I settled in for a long, peaceful day ahead, and cast my lines into the murky water.

A couple of hours later, and nothing was biting. I tried all different kinds of lures, and was reaching the bottom of my pile of tricks to bring the fish in. I was about to pack it up and call it a day, when I noticed something tugging on my line. Hope began to rise. Maybe the day wasn’t going to be a bust after all!

I threw everything down and began to reel it in with all my energy. It seemed to be a big one, the way it was fighting back. I continued to struggle with the monster until at last, it was almost at the surface.

I reached down with my net to scoop him up, and the strangest contraption I had ever seen was attached to my hook. Not a big fish, like I expected. Not even a tiny fish. Just some kind of mouthguard or something.

I decided it was really time now to give it up for the day. The only thing I was struggling with was this newfangled mouthpiece, and that certainly wasn’t worth my time.

As I made it back to shore and caught up with a few of my buddies, frustratedly showed them my “big catch” of the day. Carl slapped Ian across the chest with the back of his hand, his eyes wide, laughing. “Isn’t that your anti snoring mouthpiece, what was it, Good Morning Snore Solution reviews thing your wife got for you and insisted you wear?”

Ian looked quite sheepish as he shrug his shoulders. “I do have one,” he muttered, “but that isn’t mine. I’m quite attached.”

We had a good laugh – it’s not every day that you pull up an anti snoring device from the deep. It’s even better when your buddy has a matching one at home.


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