Fishing For Beginners
If you are new to the sport of fishing, you need to know some of the
basic rules. Like other forms of hunting, fishing involves both your
environment and those around you. Be respectful of both, and you can
responsibly enjoy this treasured pastime in several ways.
Fishing is an ancient practice. It dates back nearly 10,000 years. A
number of various techniques and traditions have been used during
fishing's progression. Modern technological developments have changed the
way people fish, but many of the same rules, regulations, and social
norms involving fishing remain.
Always practice good stewardship of our waterways when you are fishing.
Remember that these waterways were around thousands of years before you
and will remain long after we are gone. You can make a conscious decision
to leave the areas in which people fish in better condition than when you
found it. Take care of our lakes, rivers, and other waterways so that
others will enjoy these areas for years to come. Practicing certain
behaviors will ensure that you are taking good care of the places where
Never litter when you are fishing. Always bring a trash bag or other
receptacle to use for the collection of your trash. You can easily
deposit it in a nearby trash receptacle. Dump your refuse in properly
assigned dumping stations instead of tossing it in the water. You do not
need to spend much time figuring out the many ways in which this hurts
As you fish, always use the correct type of bait and fishing gear.
Certain areas allow for certain bait and gear. You will also encounter
limits on the number, size, and kind of fish that you can keep. Become
familiar with what these limits are and pay attention to them. Do not
wait until you are at your fishing spot to search for what is allowed and
what is not. Check with your destination before you head out on your
fishing trip to see what the local regulations allow. If you plan on
using a boat while fishing, research to see what kinds of watercraft are
allowed where you are going to fish.
Every fishing location is different, so pay special attention to local
procedures and cautions. This also applies when you decide to clean your
boat after you leave the water. You do not want to spread non-native
species to another body of water.
Finally, never fish where it is not permitted. There is always a reason
why it is illegal. Some reasons include the protection of certain
wildlife, the proper care of vegetation, and the safety of you and others
who want to fish.
You should also follow a number of cautionary behaviors to ensure your
safety. As with all forms of hunting, safety is first. If you will be
using a boat while you fish, always wear your life jacket. Make sure that
your passengers wear their life jackets, as well.
Be very careful when baiting and removing hooks. Make sure that you never
fish on unauthorized waterways. Follow the posted speed limits and wake
warnings that accompany the use of a boat. Bring with you all relevant
safety items, such as water, flashlights, maps, and a cell phone.
Fishing continues to be a favorite pastime. 2001 saw nearly 16% of the
U.S. population over the age of 16 spend 16 days fishing. You enjoy the
sport of fishing, so follow the rules that allow for the continuation of
fishing. Be responsible and courteous of others and your environment.
Take time to discover how you can be both a better and safer angler.