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Catching fish for food or pleasure is a timeless activity. For many, following a passed on tradition, catching fish is just an easy activity they are used to. There is some level of skill required and these useful tips to help you catch fish would be dependent on the type of fish desired and the fishing site. However, here are some basic guidelines and tips to guide both the new and experienced fisherman to be more successful in catching fish.

You will need: •Fishing rod and reel (able to hold weight of fish) •Appropriate bait •Bucket or stringer •Gloves (to hold slippery fish and protect hands from sharp fish fins) •Bobber or float (for use when using worms as bait) •Local fishing laws •Pliers (to unhook caught fish) •Comfortable clothes (not easily snared by hooks)

1. Locate the ideal place to fish. Some fish are only found in certain waters and at different part of the day and year. Be aware of the fishing schedule of the type of fish you seek. When you locate the right waters and time be sure to fish around rocks or under over-head trees. Fish tend to stay or group themselves in the shade.

2. Select appropriate bait. Choose the right bait to use to lure fish. Ideal items include worms, locust, grasshoppers and lure. Check fish bait and tackle shop for supplies. The bait used would determine the kind of fish attracted so be sure to know the right bait to lure the type of fish you desire.

3. Bait the hook. Affix your bait onto the hook. This is an important step because fishes are not exactly dumb animals. If you bait and hook is too obvious it would be ignored. Set baits to look as natural as possible and try to disguise the hook. Using two types of bait might help.

4. Cast your reel. Make sure the area around you is clear to avoid accidents. Push and hold in the button on your reel. Draw back the pole behind you over your shoulders and snap the pole end like a whip. This would propel the hook straight into the water. As the hook shoots forward into water release the button. A bit of practice may be necessary.

5. Reeling in the fish. When there is a catch, you have to reel in the fish skillfully to avoid losing it. When the line suddenly goes out or the bobber jerks under you should draw in the line slowly until it is tight. This secures hook in the fish’s mouth. Draw back on the pole and begin to reel in the fish. Do not drag or force it; try to tire the fish before reeling it in completely.

6. Unhook the fish. Using gloves to hold the slippery fish, you can decide to unhook the fish using either your bare hands or pliers. Pliers make it safer for you and the fish. Squeeze the sides of the fish head to open the mouth. Observe how the hook is attached and then gently unhook. Place fish in bucket of water or use a stringer for large fishes.

Tips and warnings: .Always check on your line before you begin fishing and after a catch. Some good catches have been lost because of a weak line. .Always be on the lookout for tips from other fishermen, especially when fishing in a new location. .Be careful and alert as accidents do happen when fishing.

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