Tips for the New York Fisherman

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Fishing is an age old tradition which has been practiced around the world for centuries. Around the world, there are many people who are very interested in fishing but unfortunately unable to because they do not know where to begin or what equipment to buy. This article contains a number of tips for anyone looking to start fishing!

Wade through water slowly. Standing still is ideal, as you won’t make much noise, but if you need to move from one place to another, walk slowly so as to avoid splashing. This will not only keep you safe, but it will also help prevent you from making noise that will frighten the fish away. Try not disturbing the river bed and be patient.

Many times, the best fishing locations are near the shore. These areas are ripe with insects, which are the primary food sources for fish. For best results, cast your line close to the outlying edges of the shorearea. Watch out for weeds, however!

Before you leave to go fishing, always remember to check the weather report to make sure you are going to be safe. Be sure to bring along a radio so you can keep up with the weather reports throughout your fishing trip.

If you really want to enjoy your day on the water, make yourself comfortable. Invest in a high-quality fishing chair and make sure that you are dressed appropriately for the weather. A fisherman who is not comfortable will never stay on the water long enough to have a great fishing day.

Make sure that you dispose of all fishing line carefully after your trip is over. Never toss any of the used line into the water. Not only does this litter the community, but it can pose a serious health risk to any birds, fish or other creatures that live in the water.

To catch large fish use large bait. While you may pay more for larger bait, you will be more likely to land a larger fish. Logically, larger fish would prefer to spend their time going after larger bait rather than smaller bait.

Be mindful of the smells your hands give off. You do not want the bait to carry any unwanted odors that would be discernible to the fish. The fish in the water might just smell this and they then tend not to bite.

Limit the amount of fish you catch. While fishing can be a great, relaxing hobby, it is generally considered very bad form to catch more fish than you intend to eat or share. If you are simply catching for sport, then you should release the fish you catch back into the water. This will help you to enjoy the sport and leave fish for others.

Whether you are new to fishing or have fished for most of your life, it is always wise to fish with a positive attitude. Since fishing is very frustrating, it helps to keep a positive attitude while you are on your fishing trip. Don’t get frustrated if you’ve gone a while without a bite.

In Spring, during the early morning hours fish do not bite. At this time the water is too cold and the sun does not heat it up because the sun is low, the rays simply bounce off of the water. Fish will be biting soon, though. After thaw, wait about a week until the water turns over and the temperature gets up to 39.2 degrees.

When you go fishing, try not to be wasteful of the fish you catch. It is always exciting to bring home a basket full of fish, but if you are just going to throw half of them away, you are being wasteful. If you reach the limit of fish you will use, you should either throw the excess back, or see if you can give them away.

Casting your rod has everything to do with fishing and technique. Whether you cast underhand, side-arm, or overhand, it is important that you learn how to cast your rod properly. Practice in your backyard if you have enough space, and your fishing experience will be much less of a hassle.

Make the most of your spinnerbait by only casting it out in direct sunlight. Light is crucial to getting your spinner to flash and attract fish. Also, if you find the fish are reluctant to bite a bare spinner, add a trailer like a worm to add another dimension of interest.

As the beginning of this article has discussed, it’s clear that fishing is a popular sport that many people are interested in trying. However, a lot of people that are interested in fishing never get a chance to do it because they aren’t aware of what to do. Apply this article’s advice and you’ll be on your way to fishing in no time!

A few New York fishing resources:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Game and Fishing Mag – NY

Sport Fishing in New York City Parks

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