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If you're a fan of the cabin lifestyle, there’s a good chance you’re also a fan of the sport of fishing. If not, it may only be a matter of time until you, too, give the age-old pastime a go, according to a recent study.
The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation found that the sport rose to historic popularity in 2020, with millions of Americans picking up the rod in 2020. This includes an increase in diversity too. The report found that participation among female, Black and Hispanic populations is on the rise and in some cases, in record-setting amounts.
It’s no surprise the Covid-19 pandemic contributed to an increase in folks picking up a rod for the first time. Afterall, it’s a great way to get outdoors, and it’s downright polite to keep a distance as to not disturb other anglers.
But perhaps the biggest factor is simply relaxation. According to the research, 59% of first-time fishers said that the desire to do a stress-free activity was their main motivator for trying out fishing, closely followed by wanting to engage in an outdoor activity.
With warm weather on the way, perhaps now is the ideal time! Here are some of our basic tips for beginner anglers:
If you’re wanting to get hooked on fishing, how exactly should you get started?
Step One: Get a fishing license!
Before you can go out fishing for the day, you’ll need to purchase a license. Depending on which state you live in, you’ll be able to get a fishing license for between $15 and $100 for the year. You could also just get a day license if you’d like to try it out first.
Step Two: Research.
There are lots of apps and websites to help you in finding the best fishing spots in your area. Before you venture out, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the native fish that inhabit the waters you’ll be fishing in and the size limits and regulations that are applicable for the species and areas. You’ll also need to learn a few simple fishing knots, two easy ones to begin with are the double-uni knot and the clinch knot.
Step Three: Buy your gear and tackle.
When you’re first starting out, you won’t need to splash out. Just the essentials will be fine. You’ll need:
- A rod and reel
- Tackle (hooks, weights, and floats)
- Live bait
- Tackle bag