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Check out these easy fresh water fishing tips

  • Aug 12, 2016

Some folks are bonafide masters at the art of fishing, while others may have only gone a few times as a child. If you're heading up to the lake this summer, consider these helpful tips for landing a big fish. Be sure to check with local officials on specific restrictions or regulations in your area.

Pick the right location
Fishing Tips Depot stated that where you chose to cast a line can make a big difference. Certain areas of a lake or pond may be more friendly to fish, and are therefore worthy of your attention. Look online for a topographical map so you know where the lake is at its deepest. Likewise, ask around and see if there are any features that might provide a safe haven for big fish, such as a sunken boat or a man-made structure. 

Start early
The early morning or late evening are the best time to go fishing. This is not just because the heat of the day will encourage underwater animals to seek shelter, but also because insects are more active at this time. By heading out as the sun rises, you may be able to land a big fish without much luck at all.

If you chose to go fishing later in the day, look for shaded coves and other areas that may be harboring a possible catch. Large docks can also provide a haven for fish during the hottest parts of the day.

Invest in the right gear
By doing a bit of research ahead of time, you can know exactly what kind of fish you'll encounter during your trip. From there, you can select the right live bait. Crayfish may be effective for trout and other species, while worms or minnows may be more appropriate for perch or bass. Like water depth, the bait you chose will dictate what sort of fish you may be able to catch.

Other items are equally important to consider. The right bob can make all the difference, while there are all sorts of lures and other items that can maximize your odds of landing a big haul. Each trip, add one new item to your tackle box to increase the number of tools you have at your disposal.

Wash up
Fish have a supreme sense of smell, and if you aren't careful, you may make an otherwise appealing piece of bait repulsive. Sunscreen, bug spray and even human sweat can be odoriferous to the point of turning away hungry fish. Be sure to wash your hands before setting up your line, and be careful of any other contaminants that could keep fish away.

Keep an eye on the weather
Bass Resource pointed out that a little rain shouldn't stop you from having a successful fishing trip. If anything, cooler conditions can encourage underwater animals to be more active, and when the water level of a lake or pond rises, fish are normally quick to investigate in hopes of an easy meal. By staying proactive, you can capitalize on this and hopefully haul in a nice catch.

Use your Pro Trek PRW3510Y-1 with built-in barometer to keep an eye out for dangerous storms, however. A rain shower shouldn't be too much of an issue, but thunder and lightning or serious winds should be avoided at all costs. If you sense a storm coming on, your best bet is to head ashore and wait for another opportunity to go fishing. On warm, humid days, prolonged sun exposure can also pose a safety hazard. Shade your face and neck with a hat, and monitor any symptoms related to dehydration or heat exhaustion.