How To Catch More Fish

Hi Guys,

Below are 13 tips i can think of to help catch more fish. They are basic tips aimed at first timers or people new to the exciting world of fishing.

If you have any other points please add them underneath and let's see if we can get the list out to around 50!

1) Use as small a sinker as you can. You want to be able to feel the fish biting so you can strike on the line to set the hook in. If fishing with bait in water less than 5M deep you may not even need to use a sinker as the weight of the bait will cause the line to sink.

2) Target a particular species of fish. Certain fish feed at different levels. Determine what species of fish you are after and set your rigs and choose your bait accordingly.

3) Fish around sunrise or sunset. Almost all fish species prefer to feed during these times so you are more likely to have greater success.

4) Look for unusual or different terrain to fish around. Fish tend to concentrate around steep underwater drop offs (areas where the depth of the sea floor rapidly changes). Fish also tend to stay in areas with structures in them (rock formations, piers, jetty's, tree branches etc.)

5) Burley up (Chum up). Burleying (Chumming) is a great way to get the attention of fish and to keep them around. Keep a constant supply or burley coming and you will keep a constant supply of fish coming over as well.

6) Fish with multiple lines to increase your chances of catching multiple fish. Try throwing 2 lines in per person and it will double your odds of catching that big fish you are chasing.

7) Learn when to strike the line. You need to strike the line (pull back fast on the line) to set the hook in a fish's mouth. Knowing when to do this is half the challenge of catching a fish. The best way is to experiment and to see what works best. Try striking immediately and if that doesn't work try leaving the hook around the fish a little longer before striking on the line. Remember, the best time to strike varies from day to day, species to species and from one fish to another so be open to change.

8) If the fish don't bite move on to another location. This is easier on a boat but it is also true of shore based fishing as well. If they are not biting, reel your line in and try a different spot.

9) Look for where other people are fishing and consider joining them. If there is a group of people fishing in one spot there is usually a reason why, so go and join them.

10) If your on holiday or fishing a new spot, ask a local for some tips and advice. Local knowledge is invaluable and most fishermen will give you a few hints and tips to get you on your way.

11) Use technology to get more fish. GPS and Fish finders are great tools for finding good terrain to fish. If your fishing from a boat make sure you have these two devices installed. If fishing from the shore, keep up to date with the weather and fishing forecasts.

12) Setup good fishing rigs before you go fishing. It is easier to make some good rigs on land rather than on a rocking boat. Even if you fish from the shore it is nice to have a collection of rigs that you can change over easily. Also remember to learn some good knots that you know how to do back to front. You will regret not learning a good knot when a big fish comes and breaks your line.

13) Use the correct size hooks for the fish that you are targeting. Everyone likes to think there going to catch a huge barramundi but in reality the fish you will catch will be much smaller than your imagination. Use as small a hook as you can.

These tips are sure to help you catch more fish. So get out there and have a go with these tips in mind.

If you have some more great tips please add them below.

James Fletcher is a boating and fishing enthusiast. His website is a great source of boating and fishing knowledge. Find more usefull boating and fishing tips at: http://www.freeboatingtips.com

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9 years ago #2
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Thank you for sharing these tips, Boatman 😊

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9 years ago #3
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Thanks for the tips.

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9 years ago #4
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These are all great tips. Another important tip is that people have to get out and fish. Too many people go out once or twice and give it up. To really catch fish a person has to spend some time in the field chasing them. I keep telling my wife this, but she doesn't believe me!
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9 years ago #5
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Why doesn't she believe you, Kais? 😋 I hope you don't set a bad example? 😋

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9 years ago #6
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Or you can do what I did, when the fish come flying up out of the water (A Blu Fish) throw a good punch and knock it out! I was the only person to catch a fish that night! 😊 True story, the fish came out of the water where I was swimming scared the day lights out of me, and I threw my fist,punched the sucker and knocked it out!

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9 years ago #7
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Holy **** Mermaid, You're lucky the fish didn't punch you back!😙

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9 years ago #8
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OCTOPUS, welcome to the forum 😊

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9 years ago #9
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Now everyone is going to try to punch fish everytime they go out!
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9 years ago #10
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Thanks for the tip,

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9 years ago #11
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Using several different types of bait will increase your fishing odds.

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9 years ago #12
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Has anyone else got any tips? Lets keep them going guys.

Patience is probably something i forgot to mention. I remember when i was a kid i expected the fish to jump straight out of the water!
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9 years ago #13
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Patience is very important. But also.... alertness. One can doze off while being patient and forget to react 😄

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8 years ago #14
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Thanks for the tips. One of the best things that can be done to help you catch more fish is to begin using gang hooks rather than I single hook for any of your bait fishing, especially with live worms. Gang hooks are the best way to present a live worm. They work very well for powerbait as well. Powerbait floats, and when rigged with a set of pieces of Powerbait floating off the bottom the next time that you're still fishing, thus doubling your chances of hooking up!

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8 years ago #15
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If you are fishing in deep water,100ft plus or more,use multibraid line.50LB LINE same diameter as 5lb mono line,instant bite detection, no stretch in line,

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8 years ago #16
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Hi,
I recently came across your site and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. Great post, concise and easy to understand. Thank for the tips.

I found out that this site is very interesting and informative.😊

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Hi Hajarwan,Welcome to the site.
Thanks for your comments,we have to write in such ways as,you will appreciate with the Internet we have members,Visitors from all around the World and we want to make it easy,because as you are aware a lot of people who fish are young,as everyone knows Kids like to fish,I know I did when I was young,
however the Internet wasn't around then.
Good Luck & Good Fishing.

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6 years ago #18
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One of the best tips is to use the correct lure. If you don't know what to throw, how do you expect to catch fish? Get a good fishing chart that will help you to narrow down your lure selection to the most effective lure possible. The best chart made is cheap and can be purchased at http://www.picalure.com for less than a good plug or spinner bait. With that one chart you'll know when to use every lure in your tackle box. Good luck out there.

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6 years ago #19
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Very good tips. In California, chumming and gang hooks are not allowed. Two poles are only allowed on lakes with special validations, public piers, and on some beaches. Be sure to check and know your local fishing requlations before you wet your line.

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5 years ago #20
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use live bait then cut the bottom next to his tail 1:he bleeds:] 2:he swims bad:] fish will attack the wounded bloody minow if it works send me some money or catfish it works best on catfish.

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4 years ago #21
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thanks👍

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3 years ago #22
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How to catch more fish (tips for the beginner)

I have some tips that may help the beginner. Before I start I would like to give a little bit about my fishing background. I fished off and on ever since I was a kid for catfish. But didn't really know how to fish for them other than to use stink bait. However, when I turned 17 (now 24,) I really started expanding my fishing knowledge so I would like to share some tips that would have helped me greatly and wish that I had someone to help teach me so here they are.

1. When picking a fishing rod and reel, don't select the rod and line according to the fishes size. Try to match the rod, reel and line as closely as possible to the style of fishing you intend to pursue. Certain weight rods and lines throw lures better than other and will be much less frustrating for you. Always keep in mind that an angler can land a 5 lb. fish on an Ultra Light setup if you have patience. So you don't always need a huge beefy setup to fish for those bigger fish.

2. Research, research, and more research. Even after I have been a fisherman for awhile now, there is always room to grow and learn in our passions. In the off seasons, spend some time reading about your favorites targeted species you love to fish for. I find that it not only keeps my passion alive during winter, but also allows me to become more knowledgeable about their patterns.

3. Don't be afraid to change lures when the fish are not biting. I see time and time again that people are too lazy to re-tie their lures because they are "tired of it." It is easy to fall into this trend and I have even caught myself doing it when I first started. However, I am seeing that the more I change up my lures, the more productive my fishing has become. (This step doesn't always mean re-tying, it could be as simple as sliding off a plastic trailer and changing the style and color off of a jig.)

4. There IS a difference between a Baitcasting rod and a spincasting rod! Baitcasting rods start with a SMALLER rod guide and get progressively smaller all the way to the tip. Whereas, spincasting rods have BIG line guides that get progressively smaller as they reach the rod tip. When I started fishing actually put a baitcast reel on a spin-cast rod before I knew the difference. (This was quite embarrassing, and I really wished someone would have told me about this before I got made fun of HaHa!)

5. Consider keeping a record log. I just recently started doing this 2 trips ago and wish I would have started from my first time out. If I would have started logging my fishing information about what was successful on certain days and the conditions of the weather. It could provide me with insight as to what types of things the fish could be looking for regarding lures and presentations. Also, as the years progress it will be fun to go back and read the journal entries as a reminiscing tool!

6. I could go on, but I am going to sum this up in this final step. The most important thing you can do to become a good fisherman is respect the aquatic wildlife you pursue to preserve it for future generations (you don't always have to keep your catch.) There are many ways an angler can achieve this such as releasing fish softly back into the water, or holding the fish with both hands after taking the hook out and NEVER holding the fish horizontally just by the lip as this can dislocate the fish's jaw and prevent it from feeding. This ultimately starves the fish to death. Also, there are times that the fish will swallow the hook. This is unfortunate, however, there are still preventative measures that can be done to help the fish survive. You can either cut the line to the hook and leave it in the throat and "hope" it rusts out. (Studies have shown this doesn't always happen before the fish dies,but it is possible.) Or you can take the fish home to be eaten and make sure the fish does not go to waste. Also, the latter decision ensures the fish does not suffer.

These tips are all of the tips that I wish someone had told me before I started this wonderful hobby. I know have about 20 combos. Most have a specific purpose and I am much more knowledgeable than I was when I started. However, there is still much to learn! Remember, you can learn all you want from a computer, but how you know what really works is by sinking a line for yourself!

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Hello and Welcome Ethan and to everyone else,

I trust that you all are having a 'wonderful' and 'blessed' day! I am doing G-R-E-A-T!

Thank you, Ethan for such an informational article and you are most correct we can gain from our fishing experiences and incorporate them to meet the needs of whatever species of fishes we fish for. It is a good thing to have a mentor, but that is not always possible.

I too, have fished for many years (nearly 3 times as long as you) and each time that I go out I learn something. You are never 'too old to learn' as long as you have an open mind and are willing to learn.

I personally would invite you to join the Fishing Talks Web-Site. I am still learning and gaining knowledge from the fishermen and fisherwomen that are a part of this 'site as they are extremely knowledgeable about 'fishing!' You can post information as you have with your article, read and learn from other members postings, etc., post pictures of your catches and much more and most of all --- It is F-R-E-E !!! I am sure that you would enjoy being a part of the 'site', so why not sign-up and become a member?

Have a 'fantastic' and 'blessed' day!

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3 years ago #24
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Want to catch more fish? Try this!

The biggest mistake I see made is people are not willing to change up what they are doing. Just because something works this time doesn't mean it will next time. Try different baits and different spots. I usually put 2 hooks on my line and try a different bait on each till I see what the fish are biting on. Always take a few choices, worms, bread, corn, maggots are all good starting points. Once you catch something, cut up or whole fish always work best. Also keep your rig simple. More knots are more weak spots. I stick with my hooks tied to the line and a small weight at the bottom. Less to snag. I tie my hooks with a Palomar knot and light knot for my weight so it will break off and the fish will still be hooked. This is very helpful when fishing the rivers and other rough terrain. 😈

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Hi April and welcome to Fishing Talks! I use the Palomar knot, too. It's never failed, as far as I can recall.
Thanks for the tips! I invite you to register with Fishing Talks.com and log in. THE most informative website on the topic of all kinds of fishing I've come across. Great people, great fishin' stories, great info on tackle, techniques and tips.

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One morning after cooking breakfast the kids went fishing taking all the bate with them I had a few sausage links left so I put a hunk on my hook threw the line in the water and as soon as it hit I had a fish. I thought I got lucky and tried it again. Every time I threw it I had a fish. So the next morning I saved the grease soaked some bread and rubber worms in it. The bread worked well the worms got a ton of nibbles but only a few fish.. The kids started using hot dogs and that worked well too. Most people dont believe me when I tell them. Try it!

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3 years ago #27
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Great tips , I may also add for me anyways as a bank angler the use of flourocarbon leaders which will allow you to catch more fish ......stained water or not 18inches to up to 6ft depending what you are doing.I use leader all the time as I want to use every outlet to get a fish to hit my lure especially fishing off the bank.👍

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Hello Omer and everyone, 😊 😊 😊

Omer, keep us informed and keep posting those pictures!!!

May you all have a 'wonderful' and 'blessed' day!!!

In His Service,

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2 years ago #29
Me
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Can I
Just ask? How do you know when the fish bites?

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2 years ago #30
Me
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Can I
Just ask? How do you know when the fish bites?

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