I know this is hard to believe but there is more to life than staring in to a TV screen or games console have you ever thought of going out in to the fresh air to try your hand at fishing, if so here are a few pointers to help you on your way….. Enjoy
Stage 1, You don’t have to spend a lot of money when you first start out, try your local fishing tackle shop for second hand or discounted gear, its also one of the best places to ask advice of where to fish in your area.
If you can’t find the equipment you are looking for there, then try searching online, part of the fun is searching out the best fishing tackle for your needs.
To start you will need a Rod, Real, Line, Weights, Floats, hooks, Tackle box and bait.
Stage 2, When it comes to bait your local fishing tackle shop should have all you need to get started with maggots, worms and dried bait to list but a few.
Some fishermen prefer to catch small fish and use these for bait and others use corn, chicken, cheese luncheon meat etc, it all depends on what you prefer and the type of fish you are wanting to catch.
Float fishing in my opinion is one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to fish.
Stage 3, First set up your rod then attach the real, thread the line up through the eyes of the rod, that’s your rod and line set.
Now search through your fishing tackle box for a medium sized float with the eye at the bottom for the line to pass through, slide the float up the line approximately 18 inches from the end and secure with two split shot at either side of the float, this can be adjusted depending on the depth of the lake/river you are fishing.
Try and keep your bait close to the river/lake bed where the fish are most lightly to be feeding
Tip. One way to judge the depth is to attach a weight to the end of the line and drop to the river/lake bed in the area that you will be fishing so you can roughly judge the depth.
Now its time to attach the hook which is simply done with a clinch Knot, see image
Add a couple of weights about 8 inches up from the hook so that the float sinks a little but is still visible upright floating in the water, test your setup by dropping the float out it in the water and adjust if you need more or less weight.
You are now set up for your first cast then just sit back and chill but remember to keep your eye on the float for any movement
Stage 4, When your float disappears or moves rapidly its time to set your hook, this is a sharp upward movement of the rod to secure the hook in the mouth of the fish, too soft and the fish could escape and too hard and you could pull the hook out, the more fishing you do the better you will get at the maneuver.
Stage 5, Time to play the fish, allow the fish to run always keeping a little pressure on the line and when the fish stops running increase the pressure by lifting the rod the reeling it in.
If the fish runs again allow it to do so, continue to play the fish until it tires then pull it into the landing net if you have one or as close to the bank as you can before retrieving your fish.
Stage 6, Now you have retrieved the fish, simply remove the hook with needle-nose pliers or similar, be careful not to cause the fish any harm and also be careful of sharp teeth and dorsal fins when handling the fish.
Stage 7, You have now managed to catch your first fish, so after a quick picture moment its time to release the fish to become bigger and wiser so it can present the next fisherman a greater challenge in the future.
Hope you enjoyed this simple guide to float fishing which is how I started with my father by my side before progressing on to sea fishing from the coast of Whitby, fly fishing for salmon on the Scottish rivers, night fishing on the river Lune for sea trout to coast fishing.