Never fear, future fishing star, we have compiled a simple, yet effective list of the five things you need to do to catch your first fish.
Never fear, future fishing star, we have compiled a simple, yet effective list of the five things you need to do to catch your first fish. Scott Powick

WET A LINE: Five steps to land your next big catch

EVERYONE knows a fisherman who has almost landed a prize catch.

Tall tales from proud anglers are as old as the waters they fish in.

Anglers are a funny bunch. They like to keep their secret fishing spots close to their stinky-shirt-covered chests.

Once they find a quality fishing spot they are reluctant to share the finer details with even their closest fishing buddies.

So what hope is there for the complete novice fisherman who is thinking of dropping a line in for the first time?

Never fear, future fishing star, we have compiled a simple, yet effective list of the five things you need to do to catch your first fish.

Just follow these basic steps and you'll be luring them in hook, line and sinker.

1. Be prepared

Some of the most important elements of fishing happen the night before you hit the water.

Ask yourself questions like, is all your equipment in good working order?

Do you have enough bait?

Have you prepared some food and water?

Do you have sun protection?

Being aware of all of these things will allow you to focus on the job of catching a fish on the day.

2. Listen to the locals

If you happen to meet someone nearby who is happy to share with you how they went, take advantage of that.

If they have been there for a few hours without so much as a nibble, perhaps your usual spot isn't such a good idea after all.

But be aware, some anglers can be cunning and they might tell you the spot isn't fishing well just so you don't go there, when in actual fact, they are walking home with two bucket-loads of bream.

3. Be patient

As it is in many situations, good things come to those who wait.

4. Read the signs

The ocean or river you are fishing in may not look like it has much to tell you, but that could not be further from the truth.

One simple tell-tale sign is the type of sea birds that are about.

You can guarantee if there are birds close to the water, then so are the fish.

5./ Keep on moving

Being sentimental is an enviable trait, but not if you are a fisherman.

If your gut is telling you it's time to move on, then it probably is.

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