Fishing is enjoyed all across the nation. From small farm ponds, clear streams, lakes large and small and the many federal reservoirs it is a way for families and friends to come together to enjoy a good time or for the individual to find peace and solitude while catching their next meal. Some are serious anglers sporting the latest in expensive and technologically advanced equipment out to catch a mess of fish or one of trophy size while others carry a rod and reel with a simple hook and a attached bobber and couldn’t care less if they even get a nibble. Whatever your reason or desire level give the following advice some thought to increase your chances of a successful outing. The website http://kansasfishinglicense.com/ gives some practical advice on this as well as explains how to stay legal while fishing in Kansas and avoid the hefty fines that come with not obeying the law.
1. Know the waters you’re fishing.
Many people especially weekend anglers don’t give enough thought to the waters they are fishing or the fish that inhabit them. Weather conditions, temperature of the water, season, depth and many other factors determine how successful your outing will be. If you are not sure of your abilities ask. Most seasoned fishermen will be more than happy to share their knowledge with you. What bait or jig is working best and other advice will be shared freely. Remember they are there to fish the same as you so thank them for their advice and move on to your own spot. You will come away with some knowledge that will benefit you not just that day but on your future fishing forays.
2. Enjoy your time on the water
The people that seem to enjoy their fishing time the most are those who take in the sites, sounds and senses that nature has to offer. A cell phone is a must for safety but don’t be afraid to shut it off and enjoy a different kind of stimulation. Some time alone or quiet conversation with friends while you wait for the next bite is something you need to be able to appreciate. We have become so accustomed to being constantly distracted that a quiet afternoon in or at the water’s edge seems almost wrong. Appreciate it for what it is and enjoy. It really is that simple.
3. Keep it simple
Many people are weekend anglers and just enjoying spending a few hours fishing. If this is you avoid the desire to load up on all the fancy and
expensive equipment out there. A plain ole rod and reel with some live bait or a few lures designed for what you are trying to catch will be more than enough for a chance at a successful outing. It is very easy to break the bank when it comes to items you can buy for your time at the water so carefully select what you really need. That way you can enjoy yourself and won’t have to worry about how you’re going to have to pay it off when Monday rolls around or the next credit card statement arrives.
4. Include your weatherman on your next trip.
I have to say that even with all the jokes about weathermen and forecasting they have gotten pretty dang good at letting us know what the conditions
we will be facing on our next trip to our favorite fishing spot. Conditions can play a huge role in how successful your next outing will be. From clouds, wind speed to a cold front moving in these are things to be aware of before you head out. Add in the safety factor of getting caught out on open water during a storm with lightning, high winds and heavy rain and its a good idea to check the local forecast before heading out. You’ll be glad you did.
5. The fish aren’t the only thing likely to be hungry.
While a nice pan of fish frying might get your mouth watering it a long time from the water to the skillet so make sure your bring some snacks with you. While some might tout the healthy snacks I usually go with things I like such as chips and other munchies that taste good to me. I grew up with Cracker Jacks which I loved. The little prize inside the box was secondary but still fun to get. I get back to eating healthy during the week but on weekends when I’m fishing it’s all about what I enjoy. One thing I do avoid although it’s hard to do sometimes is drinking alcohol while I’m out on the water. There is just too much risk involved plus it is illegal on many state and federally owned water ways I wait for that when evening rolls around and I’m on dry land. I bring plenty of water when fishing and I do mean plenty. It can get mighty hot out on the open water and a person can get dehydrated pretty quickly.
6. Equipment you shouldn’t forget to bring.
While you might do a bang up job of getting your tackle box filled with the right lures, jigs, lines and other fishing necessities it’s sometimes easy to forget the really important items. This would include life vests, enough for everybody and a first aid kit. In other words things that would contribute to your fishing safety. On a bright sunny day a hat and sunscreen are also a must. You’ll probably have your cell phone with you but nothing does justice to your catch of the day or the beautiful scenery like a camera although in all fairness some of today’s mobile phones take incredible pictures. It’s nice to be able to find a winter evening when cabin fever is setting and pull out pictures of your summer outings especially if the people that went on the trip are present.
7. Think like the fish
Knowing the kind of bait to bring along seems like a no brainer but many people give little thought to what the fish actually like or the type of fish that populate the body of water they are fishing in. Sometimes live bait is best and other times a lure or some other type of artificial bait will be the most enticing to the fish. If your not sure about what to fish with ask someone you know who has knowledge about the particular body of water you are fishing at. Often times you will be able to find someone who goes out on a regular basis. They are a wealth of information and in most instances will be more than happy to share with you what they know.
8. Learn the terrain you will be venturing into.
It’s easy to get lost either going to a designated fishing spot or once out on the water. Getting turned around and lost is not that hard to accomplish especially if weather conditions change and visibility becomes an issue. A GPS is always a handy item to have although the stories are endless of GPS coordinates getting people completely lost. Some of these instances have turned tragic with people actually losing their lives. Beware of your surroundings and have a general knowledge of the location you are at. And finally a very important point to remember is to let somebody know where you are going and how long you plan to be gone. Cell phone reception can be iffy at times and sometimes it fails you just when you need it most. Know a few survival tips if it happens and you do get lost. It could mean the difference between life and death.
9. Remember there is more to fishing than fishing
You can do everything right and be the most knowledgeable guy or gal out on the water and you still might not get so much as a nibble. It just happens. But remember that while no one wants to come home empty handed if you enjoy the time you spend by or out on the water it has not been a waste. Far from it. You’ve probably found a nice way to relax and if your with others enjoy some good conversation. While catching a mess of fish is still the number one goal coming away with less tension and renewed energy is not a bad catch in and of itself.
10. Appreciation of life and what nature has to offer.
I hope that each and every time you go fishing you realize how good life is and how none of us should take it for granted. It should also give you pause to think how each of us should do our part not to ruin what we have been given. Clean water and air should never be taken for granted and we should all do our part to keep it that way. If each of us would focus on doing our small part to not pollute the resources we have been entrusted with. This way those that come after us, our children, grandchildren and fellow human beings and the animal kingdom can also enjoy the wonders of nature and all that it has to offer. Remember that fishing and conservation go hand in hand.