A Quick Lesson on How to Fish

Learning how to fish is a rite of passage for most young Americans, and it often turns into a lifetime passion because even beginners can fish with minimum equipment, at the right fishing hole. 

Some anglers become so enamored with the sport that, for them, fishing becomes an adventure pursued with high-tech equipment in exotic fishing spots.

As a camper, fishing is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, whether you're in the summer sun or an ice-fishing hut on the water. Sit tight for a quick fishing lesson before you head out on your next camping adventure.

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Social Aspects of Fishing

When you learn how to fish, you gain more than just a new skill. When you're taught to cast a line and wait for a bite, you learn patience, survival skills and appreciation for the earth's water resources.

Not to mention fishing is an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. Because the sport knows no age limits, you can bring your friends, your parents, or your children along, too.

Still, for most anglers fishing is a chance to relax, de-stress and commune with nature amid scenic surroundings. It's when the big catch tries to get away that your competitive drive is let loose. If you love that feeling, you can put your fishing skills to the test in a fishing competition. Plan a family camping trip around your competition so everyone can join in on the fun.

Before you can enter into a competition, however, you first need to learn how to fish.

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Fishing 101

Amateur anglers can start with the most basic fishing gear: a cane pole (bamboo pole) with a monofilament (single strand) line attached to a hook and bait that's dropped into the water. This technique is useful for shoreline or dock fishing where depth and distance are limited. Spin-casting rods and spinning rods are also beginner-friendly. 

Spin-Casting Rods

Spin-casting rods are recommended for beginning anglers because they're fairly easy to manage with small line guides and a spin-casting reel on top. When you learn how to fish with a spin-casting rod, remember:

  • A 6- to 10-pound test line—which will break when 15 pounds of force or more is applied—is suitable.
  • When casting, position yourself with your face toward the fishing spot and your body slightly turned away. Hold the fishing rod in one hand and push and hold the thumb button on the reel. Raise your hand holding the rod and bring it up to eye level until the rod is almost vertical. At this point, flick your forearm forward with a small wrist movement. Release the thumb button to release the line when the rod is about level with your line of sight.

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