Fishing is a healthy and relaxing activity for the weekend or holidays, you can enjoy the time you spend with your significant people, and enjoy the achievement afterwards. This is something you can do with your entire family, even your grandparents, your significant other, or your little kids. Going fishing will give you plenty of time bonding with your family and be close to and immerse yourself in Mother Nature. So, let’s get ready, pack up your fishing gear, food, water, fishing ice chest (the best ice chest will keep your fishes fresh longer) and fishing coolers (fishing can be really smelly: the fish smell, the bait smells… but at least keep everything fresh because you want eat to enjoy the fish you get) and let’s go!
Places to go fishing in America
One important thing you should know is that, beach fishing isn’t for beginners! If you are a newbie and want to try this out, let’s start basic.
- Tarpon-Boca Grande, Florida: There is nowhere else you can catch such big species as you can here, especially these 230-pound tarpons.
- Sheefish-Selawik Valley, Alaska: These big 60-pound sheefish can be caught almost year-round, especially summer.
- Largemouth Bass-Castaic Lake, California: This place offers the biggest largies that weigh up to 20 pounds.
- Red Drum-Pamlico Sound, North Carolina: In here, red drums fall into the 30-60 pound range, which is really impressive for its species.
- Muskie-Lake St. Clair, Michigan: Muskie here can weigh over 30 pounds and are close to 50 inches in length.
Best time for fishing
If you are considering trying fishing, especially for the first time, there are many things to be taken care of. Fish activity is influenced by the Sun, Moon, tides and weather. For example, fish tend to feed more at sunrise, sunset and during a full moon, when tidal equipotential changes. Though most of us just go fishing for fun and only go when we get the time off, it’s best to learn some knowledge about the fishing regulations.
Here are the best times for fishing:
During the morning rise and the evening rise (after sunup for a spell and just before sundown).
One hour before and one hour after high tides, one hour before and one hour after low tides. (Low tides are halfway between high tides).
When there is a hatch.
When the water is still, or at least rippled.
When the breeze is from a westerly quarter, rather than from the east or north.
Check out the Wisconsin’s Fishing Seasons page for general information about the dates for different species of fish.
The most important thing when it comes to choosing the fishing bait is to know what type of fish you are trying to catch. Each type of fish has their own feeding habits and prey (this is for when you are sure that you are allowed to use your own bait in the fishing area).
Here are some DIY baits that are easy to make and attract fish really well:
- Catfish love smelly foods: bread, chicken, fish, cheese, raw bacon, hot dogs, and corn. Put them in a cheesecloth or a sealed container with holes in it.
- Cereal flakes (wheaties) : Crush them, mix them with water (or red soda since it attracts the fish better) and make them into small balls.
- Biscuits and smelly food (maggots or chicken liver) combination: Crush the biscuits into crumbles then add other baits, add water and make it into little balls.
- Canned corn: Just thread as many kernels that you want onto the hook.
- Turkey livers: Turkey livers catch more fish and are tougher than chicken livers.
- Worms, grasshoppers or crickets.
- Aquatic invertebrates: grass shrimp, snails, leeches.
Food and water
Water is the most important, so pack enough water for the day. You might want to kill the time waiting, so pack some snack bars with you.
If you plan to stay a little longer, pack more food and store them in an outdoor ice cooler to keep everything chilled and fresh.
Fishing gear and fishing coolers
Depends on the kind of fish and bait, get the gear to match your game and fishing conditions.
Bring a outdoor ice chest along to keep the fish fresh. In case you don’t have a fishing cooler, use a fish bag instead, it will do just fine, apart from the fact that they are smaller and unable to hold larger fish.
- Camera, phones: Consider a waterproof one. This is to capture the best moments, such as when you catch a big fish.
- Backpack: A backpack with zipping outer pockets is the best choice.
- Maps: It’s important that you are where you’re supposed to be.
- Health and safety gear: A hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, first aid kit, bug repellent, wet tissues…