Fishing 101: How to Get the Perfect Catch

Whether it's your first time casting a line or you're a seasoned angler, there is always room for improvement when it comes to your fishing game. Make your next fishing trip one worth talking about, with these 9 expert tips.

Shimano are experts in this field and have put together some useful tips for fishing enthusiasts. Impress your mates with your newfound tactics!

1. Be prepared

Always check that your rods and reels are working properly the night before so you don’t waste valuable time on your fishing adventure. Bring plenty of extra sinkers, hooks and fishing line just in case one gets away on you.

2. Ask the weatherman

Check the weather in advance and make sure you know what conditions you are getting yourself into. Take into account rain, wind and UV levels and dress accordingly.

3. Slip, slop, slap

The sun can get to you without you even realising it, so be sure to pack a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water when you’re heading out to fish. There’s nothing worse than cutting your fishing plans short because of heat stroke on a scorching day.

4. Talk to the locals

Whether it’s your first time fishing around the area, or you just want some insider knowledge, head into the local bait shop and start up a conversation. They’ll be more than happy to tell you where to start, what fish are in the area and the best bait to use. Local knowledge can go a long way to making it a successful fishing trip.

5. Timing

If you’re planning on fishing in a bay or estuary where it’s tidal, aim to throw your line in when the tide is changing. This is when fish feed more actively, giving you the perfect chance to land a biggy.

6. Keep safe

There’s no doubt about it, rock fishing is one of the most dangerous sports in the world. If this fact doesn’t scare you off, just remember a couple of simple rules to ensure you don’t get into trouble. Wear enclosed shoes with plenty of grip, never turn your back on the water and never fish alone.

7. Keep the fish keen

If there’s not much action happening in the water, keep the fish interested by chucking out a bit of burley (bread, small pieces of fish, prawn heads etc.) to concentrate the fish into one area.

8. Measure your catch

Always have a tape measure handy to measure your catch and make sure it’s over legal size. Fisheries have fines in place for those that run the risk and take undersize fish.

9. Bring an esky 

There’s no better feeling than cracking a beverage and zoning out from all of life’s worries when you’re wetting a line. Bring an esky to keep your food and drinks cold and when you do get a bite, you can chuck it straight on the ice and keep it fresh for when its time to leave.

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