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How do I start fishing?
I'm wanting to start this spring and summer. It looks like fun. But I have no idea where to start for equipment or anything. when I go to a store the people there think I am so stupid cause I really have no idea what I'm looking for. Any ideas?

Jason
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Re: [rw02kr43] How do I start fishing? In reply to
There is a real difference beween being stupid and being ignorant. Stupid pople don't have a chance to learn. They're stupid. You are going to learn and catch fish. Find a fishing friend. Hang out at your local lake or whatever is around and talk with the fishermen. Look and see what they are not only doing, but trying to do. Hang close to people that are really whacking the fish and do what they do. It sounds simple because it is. I fish all over the country. Mostly I rent a bicycle and ride around talking and watching until I find a place that has fish and where people are catching them. Great place to start. If you look back into the archives you might find a reference to my Magic Lures. They work great all over the country for most every type of gamefish. They are cheap too. I don't sell them or make any money of them or are a rep for manufacturer, I just came up with a good all around lure for most situations. That's the secret. That and research, Everything is here in the ol' BFT, which is why you will have to look thru this website to find what you need. Good luck and we wil all be here when you have a specific question.
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Re: [rw02kr43] How do I start fishing? In reply to
Hey Jason,

Welcome to BFT !

Fishing is not too difficult. However, You ask a question that involves a lot of information. Here is a link that you should start out with first - it will cover the basics.

How to start fishing CLICK HERE.

After you have read some and developed specific question about any equipment or techniques, come back and ask. We have a good number of experienced anglers on this web site that will be more than happy to assist you.

Come back any time and ask any question you might have.


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Re: [Fishhound] How do I start fishing? In reply to
which would be the best type of reel to startout? I have looked at the spinning reels and I can't seem to figure out how they work. the casting reels look simpler, but look like they could knot up and get tangled easily. I'm mostly looking to catch fish that would be found in a normal IN or OH lake as that is where I spend most of my time.

Jason
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Re: [rw02kr43] How do I start fishing? In reply to
Jason,

The surprising fact is, very FEW people who are experienced at fishing are very good at explaining it!

They never understand that people who have never fished before don't know what a buzzbait is, or what "tightening the drag" means or what 10-pound mono is.
(This post was edited by davetclown on Feb 27, 2009, 12:55 PM)
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Re: [rw02kr43] How do I start fishing? In reply to
Jason, if you want to have an easy reel to use go for a spinning or a closed faced reel. Now just let us know what type of fish you want to catch on the lakes and we can steer you to the right method and bait. Everyone has their special method of catching a type of fish. Do you have a boat that you would be useing? Once you start you'll never stop learning about fishing.


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Re: [gdn443] How do I start fishing? In reply to
around this area I think I'll be mostly fishing for bluegill and some smaller fish like that. I like catfish too, but I think that might be too big for me to start out with. And I know it takes a different setup for those than bluegill.
Jason
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Re: [rw02kr43] How do I start fishing? In reply to
I went to wal mart to look today and I found a spinning reel ugly stick combo. I didn't notice the weight of the line. It also comes apart into 2 pieces so it would be easier to carry. I should have looked at that. Would that be a decent combo to start with?

Jason
(This post was edited by rw02kr43 on Feb 22, 2008, 12:52 PM)
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An Ugly Stick is a servicable rod but not a fine rod. The problem being the weight of the blank as it nears the tip increases. This is because the tip is solid. It causes a strange 'feel' to the rod. Just doesn't feel right to me. On that note you should still buy one. It will become your loaner rod for your friend that wants to fish. They are hard to break and thats the advantage. Fishing rods have improved so much in the last few years. You can find rods for $29.00 that would have cost a $100.00 a while ago. Two piece is OK too, but a one piece always is lighter and transmits vibrations better. Seven feet seems to be the most useful length. If you plan to shore fish you might want to go longer but not heavier. Both Bass pro and Cabelas sell 'Crappie style' 8 to 12 foot rods that are really useful reaching out over bushes and trees. Fishing is like golf in that to do it correctly you will require more than one rod for the different situations you might find yourself in. The good thing is that just a few reels can match up to ten rods for different trips. We are getting ahead of ourselves but I want the right way from the begining. My two 'go to' rigs are a 7 foot 6-15 pound test fast taper and a 7 foot 10 to 20 pound fast taper rod with two 2500 size Shimano reels. I fish the first with high quality 6 pound line and the second with the same high quality 10 pound line. Suffix, Cuda, Triline, whatever make sure you don't get cheap line because the only one you are screwing will be yourself. Learn to tie an improved clinch knot(Look it up) and go fish.
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Re: [rw02kr43] How do I start fishing? In reply to
Jason,

You're good to go. I wonder if it's closed face spincasting or, as you said, spinning, but those combos are usually balanced.

The one thing I would mention -- I would hope you could get 6 pound line because lighter line gets more bites. I suspect with the ugly stick you're going to be up around 10-pound or more. If you can get a combo with lighter line, I think you'd be better off.
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Re: [izbro] How do I start fishing? In reply to
yeha I was rushed and forgot to look at the weight of the line. I might look more when I'm back there on monday. It was a spinning reel. Also a 2 piece rod. Do they have trouble coming apart at the wrong times?
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I would use a light rod for bluegills, small trout ect. One pc is always better as the two pc does seem to move while useing it all day. And they do sometimes come apart at the worst times. Go for 6lb line and a small hook to attach a garden worm to. Add a bobber and your gill . They do like to hang around docks and weed beds. Now cat fishing is a complete different rig.


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Re: [rw02kr43] How do I start fishing? In reply to
I've seen two piece rods come apart when people cast, although not so much with spinning as with closed-face and baitcasting reels.

But that's nothing compared with the trouble of fitting a six or seven-foot rod in a compact car. One-piece rods work a little better, all things being equal, but I much prefer my two piece rods. Just jam 'em together really well and they should stay together all day. A little water on the insert tip sometimes helps if they feel loose.
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Re: [izbro] How do I start fishing? In reply to
I went back again and looked it it. It's 5'6" ugly stick. Shakespeare 35 (whatever that means) spinning reel with 8 lb line. It wasn't terribly heavy and felt pretty good.

Jason
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Re: [rw02kr43] How do I start fishing? In reply to
That combo's about as good as you're going to do, I'd get it!

8-pound will be strong enough for those catfish.

(Maybe consider switching to 6-pound line someday to catch a few more of those bluegills...)
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Re: [izbro] How do I start fishing? In reply to
Rods to short...
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Re: [bendopolo] How do I start fishing? In reply to
Yes, all right, that is true, you could probably cast farther with a six-foot.
5-1/2 makes it a little easier to handle the fish after you reeled it in...
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Re: [izbro] How do I start fishing? In reply to
I looked again today and the rod is 5'10". The one I found for my wife is 5'6". That size might be okay for her.

Jason
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Re: [rw02kr43] How do I start fishing? In reply to
All right man, got the wife interested!
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Re: [izbro] How do I start fishing? In reply to
yeah we're both into the same stuff pretty much. We go camping together, to dirt car races, BBQ, and other stuff. So it's cool. She'll like it I think

Jason
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longer poles will cast further with less weight on em, might go a little longer if your shore fishin.
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Daiwa is your friend. I know ugly stik is highly recommended by all the people I know but trust me Daiwa is more bang for your buck. I just got one over the summer a 5' 6" combo 6-14lb test line. The reel got destroyed by a 2 foot catfish I think it ruined the bearings or something. I got a new reel but the pole is great. I got mine for $20 but I have seen the combos for $15. Go to Dick's sporting goods. Look for a cheap Daiwa combo. The reel may bust quick if you dig into big fish like me but then again if you start small it will work alright. Nice reel up until the catfish broke it but it was worth destroying that reel to land that monster catfish. 2 feet is big in PA. My best was 2 and 1/2 feet long. I landed it on an ugly stick as my Johnson was ruined the night before so I had to borrow my brothers pole which was a bit hard to cast back in the trees. I like to use 12 lb test line with my Daiwa not to heavy but not to light either. Start with an open face reel. They may be a little harder to learn to use but not by much. Closed face reels are a pain when they break. When they break just buy a whole new set up. Invest in an open face. They are much better. To cast is really simple. hold the line to your pole with your pointer finger. then open the bale ( the metal thing that wraps around the spool. Looks like metal wire) then swing to side or over head and bring forward and let go of the fishing line when it hits the water close the bale manually do NOT start winding as that can ruin the reel. Even though some say you can I would just be old fashioned if I were you. The drag is on top of the open face reel. loosen the drag by turning the knob on top of the spool. loosen it until you can pull the line out without opening the bale. Tighten the drag until you can barely pull the line out without opening the bale. that is exactly where you want the drag to be and I mean pull really hard on the line. Don't be afraid to break the line. Once you get the drag set go fishing. If you hook into a big fish "pump" the rod. In other words pull the rod tip up and back and then wind the line in quickly to keep the line tight as you lower the rod and keep doing this until you get the fish in. Small fish may fly through the air if you pump the rod so only use on fish that feel really big. IF a fish breaks your line rig up and have another go chances are it is is still there contrary to popular belief. Remember if it breaks your line the drag was not set right so try to set your drag again. Just slightly less tight. There is nothing better than hearing your reel scream like a banshee and pumping that rod and landing a monster fish. If you plan to catch and release smash the barb down with pliers on the hook. The barb is the point of the hook and if you remove it then it will come out easier and less damage is done to the fish. If you plan to keep it leave the barb because it does not matter. A good set of needle nose pliers or hook removal pliers or even that red stick works great. You all know what I am talking about the hook remover that has the larger ball on one end and a smaller one on the other end. Pain to figure out how it works. Slide the stick along the line on to the hook and just twist and it will pop right out. I had to use mine for some of the catfish I was releasing as well they have a nasty bite. Nothing that will make you bleed but it sure hurts like heck. It crushes your fingers so I used the plastic rod hook remover to get the hooks out kept my fingers pain free and got the hook out quickly.