Very Basic Beginners Guide To Fishing by Jeff Donaldson
Fishing dates back over 10,000 years and over those past 10,000 years there have been various traditions and techniques that have been passed down and modernized. Due to technological advances and the discovery of new materials fishing has changed yet the rules and regulations and social making remain the same. Every day we seem to be polluting the water more. Just because you are fishing, it does not mean that you should bring harm to these waterways. Do not through trash or broken fishing equipment into the water. Enjoy the water but also leave it as you found it. If you can improve it by picking up some trash then go for it. As you are enjoying the rivers, lakes, streams and other bodies of water you should leave them that way so that future generations can enjoy them as well. Bring a trash bag with you so that you do not have the inkling to through something overboard. After you are done using the waterways you can drop off your trash bag at one of the convenient trash sites located on the shore. Everyone knows that throwing trash in the water causes problems. Do not sink to this level.
While fishing, you should always use the recommended bait and fishing gear. If there is an area that prohibits a certain type of bait or gear, do not break the rules. There is a reason that they are in place. If you are fishing in a certain area for the first time, ask around to see what are the bait and gear allowed for that particular area because all bodies of water have their own set of fishing guidelines. Before you go on your fishing trip, ask call the tour guides or send an email over to the park to find out what is needed and what is not. If you are going out on your own, call the park or who ever is in charge and check what type of transportation is allowed on those waterways. Not all watercrafts are accepted. Every fishing location is different, so find out exactly what are the local procedures and cautions. This also applies when you decide to clean your boat after you leave the water. You do not want to spread non-native species to another body of water.
The last rule of etiquette is very important. If there are signs that say do not fish or fishing here is prohibited, do not fish in that area. There is always a reason why it is illegal and you will face major consequences if you are found fishing in that prohibited area. Some reasons for prohibition of fishing include the protection of marine life, the proper care of vegetation, and your safety. You should also follow a number of cautionary behaviors to ensure your safety. As with all forms of hunting, safety is first. If you will be using a boat while you fish, always wear your life jacket. Make sure that your passengers wear their life jackets, as well. Be very careful when baiting and removing hooks. Make sure that you never fish on unauthorized waterways. Follow the posted speed limits and wake warnings that accompany the use of a boat. Bring with you all relevant safety items, such as water, flashlights, maps, and a cell phone. Fishing continues to be a favorite pastime. 2001 saw nearly 16% of the U.S. population over the age of 16 spend 16 days fishing. You enjoy the sport of fishing, so follow the rules that allow for the continuation of fishing. Be responsible and courteous of others and your environment. Take time to discover how you can be both a better and safer angler.