People have fished for many years, with mixed success. It seems like a simple activity on the surface, because just throwing a hook and line in the water and voila, there's your lunch, right?
Error! Fishing is a complex activity with many nuances and tricks of the trade. With 31,500 different species of fish in the world, the diversity of fishing techniques and equipment to catch them with is mind blowing.
So what are the basics of fishing you need to check?
First you must decide what kind of fish you will do. Freshwater fishing, sea fishing, fishing for sport or just fish for recreation involve different techniques and equipment, try to narrow down your interests.
Once you've decided which type of fishing you are most interested in, do your research. The internet is full of hints and tips for virtually all types of fishing and a simple search methods can literally millions of resources back to usable Information.A good place to learn more about the fish at your local tackle shop. Not only is the staff informed about the equipment they sell, but they are usually enthusiastic fishermen and women can have a lot of good tips.
Fishing magazines are of course another great source of information and usually includes the most important tips like a good choice of reel, line and bait fish for your desired style.
As with many other activities, there are many helpful videos that will help you improve your fishing skills, whatever style you choose. Learning from a video is a great way to educate yourself on the finer points of fishing. Often a subject that is difficult to understand quite clearly if you can actually see what is going on.
Remember that you will never all there is to know about fishing with other fishermen talking, reading books or magazines, researching the Internet and videos to learn. The best way to improve your knowledge is just out and the fish itself.
And remember: If you are planning a trip, South Africa to consider. The country's long coastline and the amazing variety of marine life offers more possibilities. Your choice of destination depends on your budget and what kind of fish you want. Research on the internet and talking with your travel agent to the right place to fish for you to find.