5 useful fishing tips for beginners

There are few activities more suited to holidays than fishing. It’s the ideal experience when taking a break: fishing is relaxing (well, it should be!), it can be enjoyed by the whole family and from endless locations, and it makes for entertaining travel stories.

Another tick in the plus column is that fishing is an activity you can participate in at any level. And even if you’re not that great at it, you can still have a laugh at the end of the day.

To help get you started, we’ve compiled a list of fishing tips for beginners.

1.     Make sure you are well-equipped

If you’ve ever decided to take up golf, you will relate to a would-be angler’s dilemma – where do I start? From rod to reel and bait to bobber, there’s plenty to take in. Choosing the right equipment is important, and it can be an overwhelming process. There is no short answer to determining which gear is right for you, although there are key considerations to bear in mind:

  • From which platform will you likely fish (beach, rocks, jetty, boat, etc)?
  • Where will you be fishing (ocean, river, lake, bathtub)?
  • What type of fish are you trying to catch?

By answering these questions (particularly the first two) your local fishing store should be able to assist you with selecting appropriate equipment. Alternatively, consider hiring fishing gear.

2.     Be aware of the rules

Once you are kitted out to look like an A-grade angler, it’s important to be aware of various regulations when fishing in Australia.

These regulations differ between each Australian state and territory. The main restrictions focus on the minimum allowable size and the quantity of your catch. Some states even require you to have a recreational fishing licence (obtainable online).

To ensure you are aware of your requirements, head to the fisheries department website of the state or territory that is applicable to you.

3.     Always put safety first

This tip is the most important of all – always put safety first when fishing. Much of this is common sense, but it can be easy to forget the basics when you’re caught up in the excitement of a new leisure activity. The key points are:

Be aware of weather, tidal, and swell conditions.
Wear light-coloured clothing and sturdy footwear. In addition, remember to dress appropriately for the elements.
Don’t go fishing alone.
If you are rock fishing, never turn your back to the sea.
Let family and friends know of your whereabouts and your intended return time.

4.     Do your research

To really make a success of fishing, it pays to do your research. Those who know the craft well will tell you that successfully landing a catch requires preparation, skill, research, commitment, and more.

Read, watch, and listen to as much fishing-related material as possible. If you have limited time, at least consider elements such as the best time of day to fish in your designated area and the ideal location to land a catch.

When at your destination, make note of areas where other anglers are trying their luck. Or ask around for a few tips, as it’s hard to beat local advice.

5.     Have a backup plan

If the only thing you have a chance of catching is a cold, it pays to have a backup plan. We suggest you take note of the nearest fish and chip shop to your BIG4 accommodation so you never return empty-handed. Or join a fishing charter and let the experts show you the way.

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