If you’re taking your first fishing trip, you’ll want to be prepared with all the right gear and reasonable expectations. Even expert fishermen don’t always catch their limit, so go into the trip with the assumption that you’re going to enjoy your time in nature whether the fish are biting or not.
You could tie a worm to a stick with a bit of string, but unless you’re Huck Finn, this probably won’t work very well. You should outfit yourself with Berkley spinning rods, appropriate reels, hooks and bobbers, so you know when the bait has been found. There are various types of live and synthetic bait available, so research what the fish in your area like. Bring along some needle nose pliers and a net for safely removing the hook from the fish whether you keep it or not.
Check your state’s requirement for getting a fishing license. Most states sell short term or annual licenses. They can easily be purchased online or at many bait and tackle shops near fishing spots. Keep the license with you in case the local fish and game warden decides to stop by for a spot check.
Many fishing sites have their own set of rules. Some allow only a certain type of lure to be used; others are catch and release only. Know the rules before you cast your line. Give other fishermen space. Don’t crowd them as this reduces the Zen-like experience of fishing, and there is a greater chance your lines will get crossed. Review the limits and don’t take more than you can eat or share.
Once you get the basics of fishing under your belt, you can work to improve your game with special casting moves, learning to read the water and knot tying. You may even find that after fishing for an afternoon, you can’t wait to get back out there again.