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Fishing 101: How To Catch Fish, A Beginner’s Guide

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The world of fishing may seem complicated to first-time anglers. With all the laundry list of things you need to learn, it can feel exhausting, but that doesn’t have to be the case! In fact, all you need to do is get the right gear and equipment, look for the right spot, and learn the basic skills. Want to know how to catch fish? Here's our quick guide to help you get started.

Get The Right Fishing Gear

Rod and Reel Combo

When it comes to selecting angling gear, there are a wide range of rods and reels to choose from—from basic combos for beginners to more advanced setups for seasoned anglers. There are specific rods and reels made for a specific fishing style, but it would be best for beginner anglers to keep their gear simple at the start. Look for a rod & reel combo that you can use for a number of purposes like bait fishing and lure fishing. Combo means that the rod and reels are sold together, making it easier for you to set it up. Spinning rod and reel combos are great for beginner anglers because they are easier to use. Here are more details and questions you might want to be looking at:

  1. What species of fish are you targeting? Assessing which type of fish you might be targeting can help you narrow down your search for the right gear. Some anglers focus on a single species while others want to target various types of fish.
  2. Where do you intend to fish, freshwater or saltwater? Some gear is designed for specific water environments, whilst others can be used interchangeably. It’s best to choose a product that has better protection technology especially if you’re planning to fish more frequently in saltwater.

Daiwa has a wide range of rod and reel combos perfect for any fishing situation.

Fishing Line

Fishing line is available in many different materials and diameters. The larger the diameter, the stronger it is. In general, braided lines are known to be extremely strong and thin. Fluorocarbon lines on the other hand are almost invisible underwater and abrasion-resistant whilst monofilament lines are stretchable and buoyant. For beginners, choosing monofilament fishing lines can be a smart move because of its flexibility.

Learn The Basic Fishing Skills

Aside from getting the right gear, learning strong fundamental fishing skills is the best way to increase your success on the water. These skills include setting up a fishing rod, fishing with lures, tying different fishing knots, casting rods, and catching different species. Whether it’s how to set the hook or release a fish - the more angling skills you master, the more fun you’ll have, and the more fish you’ll catch.

Get A Fishing License

Make sure you have a current fishing license for the location you’ll be fishing in. Each state and territory in Australia has its own fishing regulation system. Don't worry, not all states in Australia will require you to purchase recreational fishing licenses, others also allow tackle shops to sell licenses. If you're not sure where to get a fishing license, you can visit these sites to get more information: 

Want to learn more fishing tips on how to be a better angler? Visit Daiwa’s Learn To Fish page now!

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