10 Common Fishing Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

“It is always okay to make mistakes, as long as you learn from them”. But in this piece of article i’m gonna help you learn from other’s mistakes!

In the next few lines, I will show you some common fishing mistakes you need to avoid in your next fishing trip to take your fishing experience to the next level.

10 Common Fishing Mistakes You Don't Want to Make

Fis8hing Mistake #1.  Not checking the Weather Conditions

Always check the weather forecast before making plans to head out on the water for catching fish, and make sure you always monitor the conditions while fishing via your marine radio.

Pay attention to any wind direction shifts, note any sudden drops in temperature, watch for lightning, and keep an eye out for rough water.

Fishing Mistake #2.  Not Having a Fishing License

Not checking for updates to the fishing regulations or renewing your fishing license is a horrible mistake to make.

These days, it’s easier than ever to check current fishing regulations and renew your fishing license because it can all be done online. So you always need to make sure that you have licensed fishing guide.

Fishing Mistake #3. Using an Old or Worn Fishing Line

Always inspect your fishing line and leader prior to a fishing trip.

Make sure you replace your line if it appears frayed, or if you notice any abrasions, or if it feels brittle.

Fishing Mistake #4. Using a Dull or Rusty Hook

Not only will it be harder to hook a fish with a dull or rusty hook, but you will also be having the risk of breaking your hook.

When you go for a bass fishing or to catch any big fish in saltwater, try to give your hook a quick freshwater rinse and allow it to dry before placing it back in your tackle box.

Fishing Mistake #5. Using Wrong-Sized Hooks

Using hooks that are the wrong size is another common fishing mistake. You need to match the size of the hook to the size of the bait you will be using versus to the size of the fish you plan to target.

Fishing Mistake #6. Not Checking Your Safety Gear

Check your PFDs to make sure there are no rips, tears, or broken straps.

You also need to make sure any sound-producing devices are in working order, your first-aid kit is properly stocked, and that fire extinguishers and visual distress signals have been inspected.

Keeping your gear properly stored and inventoried on a regular schedule are important parts of fishing safety.

Fishing Mistake #7. Not Checking the Drags on Your Reels

Use a spring scale or digital scale to make sure your drags are set properly. As a general rule of thumb, your drag should be set to 25% of the breaking strength of the line you are using.

Fishing Mistake #8. Allowing Too Much Slack in Your Line

Allowing too much slack in your line while fishing. Not maintaining a connection to the line is next on the list of top fishing mistakes anglers make.

Be sure to reel up any excess slack in your line so that you can feel bites and ensure a firm hookset.

Fishing Mistake #9. Using a Towel to Handle Fish

You shouldn’t be using a towel to handle fish that you intend to release. Anything but bare, wet hands or a rubberized landing net has the potential to remove the protective slime coat on a fish.

Which will eventually damage the slime coat, and can open the fish up to disease and infection.

Fishing Mistake #10. Storing Your Hooks Inside the Fishing Rod Guides

Almost every fisherman who stored his hook inside fishing rod guides, ended up having chipped fishing guide.

This step can lead to chipped or damaged rod guides, as there are ceramic inserts on the interior portion of many guides, these inserts can chip or crack if subject to sharp fishing hooks. Use the hook keeper.

Final Thoughts

In this article we gathered almost every common mistake that a beginner or an amateur fisherman or freshwater anglers might make. you need to avoid these mistakes and follow the mentioned fishing tips to make sure you get better fish next time you go for catching fish.

Happy fishing experience!

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