If you fish on a bank, it is important to be wary of starting fires. If you smoke while you fish, ensure your cigarette is put out to help protect the environment. Although the immediate shoreline is probably wet, most of your other surroundings are not, making them susceptible to catching on fire. Many times, the best fishing locations are near the shore. The type of fish that eat surface water insects tend to linger closer to the shore, so try casting your line near the edge for the most likely chance of landing a fish. The number of weeds along the shore make snagging your line more likely, so be careful. Use a sinker during colder months. By adding extra weight to your line, the bait will go deeper into the water. Fish like to stay in deeper, warmer water during winter time, so you’re more likely to catch something if you use a sinker. Check the water depth to find out what size sinker to put on your line. You may also need several sinkers, depending on the depth of the water. No bait works with all fish all of the time. Instead, you must understand when it is appropriate to use jigs, grubs and worms. One example is that jigs usually do better in murkier water because of their motion and the way they lure in lurking fish. Colorful plastic bait worms are best for clear water where they are visible.

When fishing in a new area, it is a good idea to visit the local bait shop and meet fishermen from the area. At the local bait shop, talk with the employees and other fisherman. It is also good form to purchase a few local flies and a hat. If you show that you are interested in the area, they are more willing to open up and begin talking to you. This is a great way to get some specific advice for fishing an unknown area. You want to see if you need to have a fishing permit before you go out and fish. In some states, fishing permits are required, and they place limits on how many fish you can take home. Protect nature and avoid fines by knowing and following all the rules.

Moisten your hands before touching a fish. Most fishes contain a protective slime throughout their bodies and having your hands wet can protect you from this slime. This makes sure the fish is fresh if you eat it, or if you release it it stays healthier.

When you’re out fishing, make sure you’ve got the correct gear you need. The types of lures, bait and rods will all vary according to the version of fishing that you are attempting. It is important to learn which lure works best in which situation. Always double-check weather conditions before going fishing. Sometimes, the weather might not be good for fishing. Overcast weather is the best time for fishing. While it is possible to catch fish in most weather conditions, overcast serves to give you the best chance to catch the most fish.