It was a Sunday morning. For me, it was the sunny morning that had me excited for my 15 minutes road trip to my destination-my fishing destination. I couldn’t remember when everything had seemed so bright. I was most excited because I’ve never gone fishing before and I felt that my very first catch would be huge. Lol. I was wrong. Let’s not get ahead so quickly. It gets sweeter further down, I promise!

Incomplete checklist

Rod, Baits, Hooks, Knife,all checked! I wasn’t thinking properly, so I didn’t remember to pack a container for my “huge snapper” in the event we made a catch. *thumbs down*. I should have searched “do’s and don’ts” and watched a few videos on YouTube. *hint for those who’ll be fishing in the future*

I had thought about this fishing trip 3 weeks prior and decided I would arrive at the fishing spot in time for the sunset which was at 5:32am. My alarm didn’t go off, so that plan went through the gate when I woke and saw that the time was now 5:45am. However, that didn’t dampen my mood because it was still early and I felt pretty hopeful.

When we arrived, the sun was now a tad bit hotter than when we first drove out, and even though I was still gleaming with excitement, I felt we were too late because now the sun had gotten so hot I knew I wouldn’t enjoy standing or sitting in the sun for a catch.

My Mistakes

My first mistake was arriving late (6 am). The sun was now glistening on the surface of the water, and felt hot on my forehead. I had forgotten to pack a hat (mistake #2). My third mistake was having baits that were about a month old. They were frozen and thawed overnight, which made them soggy. “The fresher the better. Bloody if possible.”

I threw my hook out and after about 3 minutes it felt as though I caught something. I yanked the rod with hopes that it was a huge snapper, but someone shouted jokingly, “that must be a shark” lol. I wasn’t listening because I was so annoyed and I yanked the rod even harder. The long and short of the story was that it wasn’t a shark, neither was it my “huge snapper”.

A Tad Bit Disappointed

I had high hopes for those fishes. I had planned on frying them crispy for dinner that very Sunday evening, but after standing for nearly an hour, sun burning my forehead, neck and shoulders, plan B for dinner quickly became a sad picture flashing before my eyes.

First fishing experience

I would most definitely do this again. But I will be more prepared. Giving up is not an option. There were some parts of my first fishing experience that I enjoyed. But I would have enjoyed it better had I known these tips:

1. Basic knowledge
Know what kind of fish you want to catch, and learn about their habits and habitat. Time of day is important; some fish will bite best in the morning, while others are hungrier in the afternoon. Some like cold water and others stick to the warmer shallows. Be sure to check the weather report before you head out on the waterways.

2. Proper equipment
For simple fishing off a dock, rowboat or shoreline, you need a basic fishing set that includes a rod, reel, line and hooks. Tackle boxes are ideal for carrying and sorting small equipment like sharp hooks, lures, extra line and a knife. Fill your tackle box with a flashlight, adjustable wrench, pliers, first aid supplies, spare hooks and rod tips, glue stick and a lighter.

3. Bait
Even fish have different preferences when it comes to food. Use bait that your target fish enjoy. Cover the hook with the worm or other bait, so the fish gets set on a good hook when they chomp down on the tempting bait. Some artificial and electronic baits appeal to certain types of fish but not others. Don’t go looking for perch with bait designed to attract salmon. Shiny reflective lures can sun blind certain fish; use matted metal lures instead.

4. Location, location, location.
Have an idea of where your fish have chosen to spawn. Finding these locations leads to a great deal of fish.

5. Check the weather
An overcast sky can lead to some of the most successful fishing trips. While you can still catch fish in other weather conditions, an overcast sky has proven to be the best.

6. Peace and patience
keep noise to a minimum, but bring along something to help you pass the time; be patient. Keep a close watch for any fishing line movement; a quick hard tug is a chance to hook a fish if you are ready.

7. Dress for success
Boots are a must. As you will usually be required to be near water, boots will be beneficial for the times that you will have to unexpectedly wade into it. Also, make sure you are wearing layers as the weather can drastically change until the afternoon. If you have longer hair, it is a good idea that you wear it back in a ponytail.



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