A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing

Have you ever wondered what all the fuss about fishing is? Why do people like David Beckham and Emma Watson do it? Or have you always wanted to try fishing but had no idea where to start?

With no guidance, fishing can seem extremely complicated and a daunting prospect, but fear not, here at Blaze Wear to mark the end of #NationalFishingMonth we have decided to dispel any worries you may have by sharing our top 5 fishing essentials for beginners.

1. Choose the right Tackle for you

Firstly, you might be asking yourself what is ‘tackle’?

Tackle is essentially any equipment you will use for fishing. Selecting which ‘tackle’ or equipment to buy can be tricky as there is such a huge selection on offer. The equipment you will need will depend on the type of fishing you intend on doing, and the type of fish you plan to catch. There is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ rod that is good at everything, do your research online and go and speak to experts in tackle shops and they will be able to cater for your needs. They’re a friendly bunch and will happily give you advice and share their tips and tricks.

2. Selecting your Bait

The bait you choose is important. There are different types of bait, from live bait like worms, minnows, wax worms etc., to artificial bait like spinners and crank baits and the old favourite, the good old maggot. There is no right or wrong answer it just depends on the type of fishing you’re planning to do, the location and what you are hoping to catch.

Top tip: speak to the local fisheries manager prior to fishing or other anglers on the day and ask them for their opinions on what works on that particular venue.

3. Wear Suitable Clothing

Whilst admittedly we have had a freakishly hot summer, the weather will soon get colder. Therefore, the clothing you choose to wear when fishing is particularly important, especially as you are often stationary for long periods of time and it’s imperative to stay warm and comfortable.

We may be biased but our base layers are the perfect companion when fishing. Available as both a long sleeve top and trousers, they are designed with a soft touch, breathable fabric with built in stretch for comfort which are perfect for easy movement when fishing. At the touch of a button TriZone Heat Technology can be activated, heating the base layer up to 55°C ensuring you can still go out fishing even when the weather turns bitterly cold, meaning you could comfortably fish all year round.

4. Purchase a Fishing License

If you are over 12 years old and are wanting to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel in England (except the River Tweed), Wales and the Border Esk region of Scotland, you will require a rod fishing license. They are very straightforward to obtain, you can buy them online at: https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/buy-a-fishing-licence.

There are different types of licenses, and you can choose to buy a 1-day, 8-day or 12-month license. Whilst it does work out cheaper to buy a 12-month license, if it is your first-time fishing or you are unsure if you will like it, we would suggest buying a 1-day license first.

You must carry this license on your person when fishing, or you could be penalised with a hefty fine! The money from rod license sales is reinvested by The Environment Agency to protect and improve England’s fisheries.

5. Take some Photos

Did you even go fishing unless you got a photo?

One of the unwritten rules of fishing is to get a picture of you looking proud as punch with your latest catch to show off your prize to all of your friends, family and colleagues.

So, always make sure you have a camera or a willing photographer at the ready, but remember to always respect the fish and handle them safely. #Fishing on social media spawns (pun unintended) thousands of photos if you are lacking creative inspiration!

Have a Go

Now you can pick up a rod with confidence and land that prize fish!