Information on Fishing

Information on Fishing
The history of fishing in North America predates the United States as Native Americans first and the first European settlers relied on fishing for recreation and sustenance. The first fishing regulations were enacted by Gen. George Washington.

Equipment

There are many types of fishing and each has some specialized equipment. For the casual angler, a 7-foot fishing rod with a reel that can hold at least 150 yards of 10-pound test monofilament is adequate for most situations.

Bait

The easiest way to catch fish is with bait. Whether you are fishing in freshwater or saltwater, presenting fish with the food they normally find in their environment is the quickest way to put a fish on the end of your line.

Kids

If you plan to take a child fishing, plan the trip around the child. Fishing requires patience and is often frustrating. All of your attention should be on the child, and you should be prepared to end the outing on short notice if necessary. Snacks and drinks are a good way to keep your young angler on the water, so be sure to pack some.

Regulations and Licenses

Although children younger than 16 years old are not required to have a fishing license in most situations, you are. All saltwater anglers 16 years old and older must have a fishing license by Dec. 31, 2009. When applying for a license, take the time to learn what the season, size and bag limits are for the fish you plan to catch.

Caring for Your Catch

If you are going to keep some fish for the table, bring ice. When you decide to keep a fish, bleed it by cutting the gill rakers, then put the fish on ice. After cleaning your fish, keep the fillets in a bag and avoid contact with water.

Article Written By Stephen Byrne

Stephen Byrne is a freelance writer with published articles in "Nor'East Saltwater," "Sportfishing" magazine, "Pacific Coast Sportfishing" and "Salt Water Sportsman." As a fishing charter captain, he was also interviewed for a feature in "Field and Stream." Byrne studied environmental science at the State University of New York at Delhi.

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