Have you ever wondered why avid anglers enjoy fishing so much? Intrigued by the so-called benefits of the sport but unsure where to start? Most people would start by talking to their friends who fish and asking tips about getting started. You could also start by joining them on their fishing trips and observing what they’re doing.
But what you might not get from your friends is information about the many forms fishing can take. Anglers tend to be a secretive bunch, and many religiously guard favorite fishing spots where they claim they get the best catches. They would also have a preference for the type of fishing they enjoy.
What if what they enjoy is not for you? Read on to see a list of the different types of fishing out there and how you can enjoy them.
This is one of the most popular types of fishing and is what beginners usually start with. It’s also one of the easiest to get into because freshwater fishing is often done in still waters, it’s less intimidating for someone who’s just starting out. Some of the most common fishes you could catch in freshwater include catfishes, bass, trout, and sunfish.
What type of fish you’re interested in catching would also depend on when you go fishing. Trout season, for example, can be from January to February and September to December. Even then, you could be catching different species of trout.
To get the most out of your freshwater fishing experience, consider the following:
- Pay attention to water temperature and water depth. Different species of fish can be caught depending on how warm or cool the water is.
- The environment can also affect fish activity so be sure to check the weather pattern before you go fishing.
- Wash your hand thoroughly before handling your equipment because fish are sensitive to scents, and your scent could affect your success at catching them.
Next to freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing is the other more common form of fishing. Depending on your level of expertise, there are two ways you can go about catching fish in saltwater. Beginners tend to stay by the shore or in shallow waters, but more experienced anglers prefer going on saltwater fishing trips that could take them to deeper waters offshore.
Here are a few reminders to keep in mind before you begin saltwater fishing:
- Apply for a fishing license. While some states might let you fish in freshwater without a license, most require one for fishing in saltwater. The requirements vary per state.
- If you’re planning on a catch-and-release method, hold the fish above water only for as long as you can hold your breath.
- Consult a tide chart before fishing. For instance, tidal movements affect the fishes’ behavior. Also, consider fishing from public piers if this is your first time fishing. They’re the ideal places to gain experience from.
This would be considered the cool dude in the school of fishing methods. The idea behind this type of fishing is that you use an imitation bait made of beads, threads, wires, feathers, and hair to create fake insects used to lure fish just below the water.
Of the different methods, this is considered to be one of the most challenging because not only does it require special gear, it also uses techniques unique to the practice. Most fly-fishing enthusiasts also believe that mountain streams are the best spots to enjoy the sport. Still, casual fans will tell you that ponds, lakes, and even saltwater offer some opportunities to enjoy fly fishing.
Meta title: 3 Most Popular Forms of Fishing
Meta description: Interested in learning how to fish? Decide which type is best for you as we run down three of the most common methods of fishing.