Fishing is a sport that requires time, patience, and dedication. For many, fishing is actually about the bonding time that friends can spend together; catching some fresh fish is simply a fun perk. For others, fishing is actually a relatively cheap way to bring a healthy protein to the family table. The first fishing experience is truly about learning to bait the line, learn about lures and local species, and how to operate a fishing rod to catch some great specimens.
Visiting a Stocked Lake
Stocked lakes are the perfect place to start out. Most of the stocked lake farms offer species that are ideal for cooking at home. For those who would like to learn to fish as a way to feed their families, these lakes offer a controlled environment with guaranteed species; as long as the fisherman has the correct rod, reel, line, tackle, and bait, he or she should be rather successful after a quick crash course in fishing.
Accessing Local Rivers and Lakes
Many local rivers and lakes are able to be fished in designated areas. It can be more challenging to catch fish in their natural habitats than in a stocked lake. The fish are not accustomed to man made feed or bait, they have far more space to roam, and many of the larger fish have previous experience with fishers. Therefore, these specimens can be a bit harder to catch. However, wild fish will taste different, they can be far bigger, and the catch is more rewarding.
Fishing at Sea
For those who are interested in fishing at sea with a guide, the sea will provide the largest variety and some of the biggest fish that can be caught. The future angler might want to learn more about custom tackle, rods, reels, and bait before going on a trip of this magnitude. Extremely large fish require specialized gear, but catching a monstrous specimen is an exciting bucket list task for many fishing hobbyists.
The first time a person goes fishing is a fun, memorable experience; especially if a fish is caught and released, or taken home to the family!