Just throwing away a hook with some bait won't cut it. You have to know the practices of the fish you are seeking. Where do they forage for food? What time of day? What temperature water do they choose? What is the depth of the lake you are fishing? Contour maps are available to aid you know how deep different parts of the lake are. Certain fish gather at certain depths each season of the year. Numerous feed at dawn and dusk. Naturally, if you have access to an old-timer in the region, they know these things by experience and maybe they will share some secrets.

As for bait, again it depends on what you are fishing. There is live bait, such as worms. There are lures. With lures, there is a learning curve. A fishing lure that is too shiny may reflect the sun and blind the fish. A matted metal finish is better as it avoids reflection. If you have the chance to speak to local fishermen, they can give suggestions about local fishing. Or, there may be local fishing reports on the local news. There is nothing like a local fisherman who is able to take you to some of the very best fishing areas, if he agrees. Naturally, he may wish to keep those secrets to himself.

Finally, the last, and maybe the most essential thing you will need is persistence. You have to do everything you know to do, to go where the fish are, give them the bait the want, and fish at the time when they have the tendency to gather. In spite of all that, in the long run result, you have to hold your horses and wait for one of them to bite.

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Knowing all this information before you purchase is essential. Many anglers just purchase what they believe will work before doing their homework. It really pays to do your homework first before you spend your hard-earned money on items that will not help you one bit.

Like any type of hobby or sport you can spend a little or a lot on your products. From a starter kit to a full blown fly established ensure you know what you are getting yourself into. Don't spend a lot before you are really sure you are going to spend the time fishing with your new thousand dollar rod and reel.

Any type of angler knows there are a million different established and options for every kind of fishing. Tackle is confusing. There are extremely few resources out there that actually discuss established and the proper uses of tackle, line depth and bait. There a hundred different scents out there as well so anglers need options, not just product.