Fishing 101 – How to Teach Someone to Fish by 1Rod1ReelFishing

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Bait Used: Nightcrawlers, shiners


Introducing someone to fishing:
Recommended gear – 6' rod (for kids) or 6'6" rod (for adults), medium power/fast action paired with a spinning reel. Use 15 lb braided line for easy casting, reduced tangles, and easier hook ups.

Tips – Keep the fishing session short for younger kids, 75 minutes tops. If you have a kid who is bored while fishing, have them watch something fishing related on a smartphone or tablet to keep them occupied. The key is quantity over quality when teaching someone to fish, you want to have an action packed session. Especially if the angler hasn't caught a fish before, any fish will be a good one!

Effective water temps – Fish when activity is high, water temp between 60-75 degrees.

Ideal conditions – Comfortable conditions for the person you're fishing with, 55-75 degrees air temp, mild winds, ect.

Hookset – When using braid with live bait, simply reeling into the fish will suffice. If using monofilament, teach them how to reel while doing a vertical or sweeping hookset.

Retrieval – Have the newcomer use baits that don't require a complex retrieve. Live bait, spinners, poppers, crankbaits, and senkos are good starting baits.


Rod/Reel/Line used: Team Daiwa Tierra (20 lb suffix 832 braid, 12 lb seaguar tatsu leader) with a G Loomis GLX srj 782 6'6" med/fast
Shimano JDM Aldebaran BFS XG Limited (8:0:1 – 10 lb suffix 832 braid, 12 lb seaguar tatsu leader) with a BPS Bionic Blade micro 6'6" med/fast

Location: Loch Raven Reservoir, Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland
Date: November 13th, 2015
Primary Pattern: Fishing shiners under the dam
Time Fished: 3 pm – 4:30 pm
Air Temp: High of 55 degrees, low of 51
Water Temp: 51 degrees
Water Clarity: 48 inches
Conditions: Sunny, with winds from the W up to 16 mph
Hatcam Used: Gopro hero 4 silver (1080p, 60 FPS, medium FOV) – chesty + external audio


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