What you’ll need.
Here is a list of essential items for fishing.
1. A fishing rod and reel. You can get this already put together and strung with line at a department store, sporting goods department or at the bait and tackle shop. Make sure the line is 8 or 16 pound test line or at least tested for well above the weight of any fish you plan to catch.
2. A lure and/or bait such as fishing worms. These can be bought at a bait and tackle shop or you can catch some worms yourself after a rain. Look up the bait shop in the yellow pages.
3. You will need a bobber or float if using worms. You will also need a bucket which you can fill with water at the lake, pond or river you plan to go fishing at. This is to keep your fish in once caught. If you think you may catch something pretty big you will want a stringer instead to string the fish on.
4. You will need a fishing license and a copy of the local fishing laws to follow.
5. You will want to dress comfortably in clothes not easily snagged by hooks.
How to fish.
Once you have your equipment and have found a suitable place where fishing is permitted, you will want to get set up. Place the bobber on the line by pushing the button in on it that allows the wire to come out that wraps around the line. You’ll see what I mean. Position the bobber about 3 feet above your hook. Bait the hook with a worm by piercing the worm and working it over the whole hook to cover the hook completely. If you are using a lure you won’t need the bobber.
You will need to have your area around you clear so as not to hook anyone. Push in and hold the button on the reel, draw back the pole and snap the end like a whip sending the hook out into the water and releasing the button as the hook is being propelled forward. You may want to practice with an object like a lure on the line before trying this with a hook to avoid complications, till you get the hang of it.
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