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In this Instructable I will be showing you some of the basics that you need to know to catch the big one. You have to understand there are many different techniques that are used to catch certain species of fish and it would be nearly impossible to fit them all in one Instructable. Before you start remember that fishing can be a very frustrating sport, so if you fail just get up and try again.

Step 1: Gear

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No matter who you talk to about fishing, they will always agree on one thing: you need the right gear to catch fish. No matter what kind of fish you plan on catching you are going to have to have these essentials:

-Fishing rod and reel (strongly recommended)
-Fishing line
-Fishing regulations ( if you plan on keeping your catch)
-Landing net
-Pliers/ De-hooking device
-Other fishing lures or bait
-Tape measure or ruler

Other useful items:

-Fishing buddy
-A boat
-GPS device
-Depth finder

Before you go fishing make sure you check with your state laws to see what kind of weights or hooks are legal to use in your state, because some states strongly enforce laws that keep you from using barbed hooks or lead weights.

keonfrey3 years ago
i found that when catching pike in rivers, well, small rivers, its too easy to catch because they dont have anywhere to go. i caught a 27 inch pike with a broken four foot pole and he hardly fought. :) i used a stick bait lure, jerking it repeatedly by logs and stuff
I am in the process of making a broken Shimano reel into a miniature travel fishing pole. The ible should be out soon.
druski3 years ago
A handy piece of equipment is a TensionMate.
These can help you easily spool your line by yourself.
Check them out at

its all about the sport and relaxing i have fun weather i catch a fish or not :)
macmundi5 years ago
How many rods you had in the water?
irish death1 (author)  macmundi5 years ago
we had around 4-6 people fishing at a time I think.
Robot Lover5 years ago
With all due respect, Iv'e been going fishing with my dad for 13 years now and I don't have half of theat stuff. I also consider my dad a proffesional and so do many others. Great instructable! 4.5*
irish death1 (author)  Robot Lover5 years ago
Absolutely! I just have all the equipment that I use and may be helpful, but most of it you can easily go with out. Thanks!
snook1235 years ago
inlets are good inshore spots
becauseican6 years ago
ok 2 things first of all where r u fishing? and second off i am in the beautiful state of massachussets and there is a few pond in the woods behind my house. the fish tend to be small so i use 6 sized hookes and we catch hornpout mostly. the ponds contain millions of shiner (minnows), red fin dais, pickrel, croppies and there may be otherss but that is the abundance but all i bring is worms my pole hooks and some bobbers and weights. my point is u just need a few things.
he is fishing in a secret spot.
covey126 years ago
are you in mosquito lagoon by chance? i go to a spot that looks like that in my flats boat, and nice red fish have your ever tried to blacken them and fry up in a cast iron skillet its unbelievable
irish death1 (author)  covey126 years ago
Nope. This is at the mouth of the Suwanee River, but I have heard Mosquito Lagoon is a premiere fishing area. Blackened redfish has to be my favorite way to eat them.
thats a nice cobia you caught there, i caught a 68 pound cobia off the jersey shore. it was great. i could bearly get it in the boat.
bufalloo6 years ago
where do you live? that place looks amazing!
irish death1 (author)  bufalloo6 years ago
I live Northern Florida, but we caught that fish near Suwannee River. Can't tell u the exact location though. Its a secret. =)
have you ever fished sisters creek? there aren't as many bull reds there but you will be pulling keepers for dinner all day long
irish death1 (author)  covey126 years ago
Where is sisters creek? I don't think I've fished there before yet
its part of the intracoastal (which i always thought was intercoastal) near Jacksonville, not the city, but you can catch everything there except for snook there are always schools of yellow mouth trout and jack crevalle in the little jetties following the channel
irish death1 (author)  covey126 years ago
Sounds like a good place to fish. We have done some camping around there so we fished some of that area also.
yea a lot of people camp on the beach that is right near the boat ramp, well its kind of like a mini beach with no waves
irish death1 (author)  covey126 years ago
Yeah are you talking about the campsites at Fort Clinch? Because that's where we camped.
no its not a real camp site, but people just decided that it was a good place, i don't think it even has a name, its about a 1-2mile stretch of sand along hercshire dr. (that might not be spelled wright) on the inner coastal near the boat ramp, Google sisters creek Jacksonville
covey126 years ago
redfish is the one of the best fish to eat in the world freshly caught, second only to a freshly caught wahoo (spelled wright?)
irish death1 (author)  covey126 years ago
I do like Wahoo a whole lot but i think i would have say that i prefer redfish over them.
yea i used to eat redfish on a half shell but then my dad found this recipe online on the florida sportsman forum about blackened fried redfish its unbelievable
irish death1 (author)  covey126 years ago
Yeah blackening redfish is the best way to cook it.
aleigh456 years ago
you think those fish are strong try catching a jack crevalle they may not be good to eat but the pull very very hard.
irish death1 (author)  aleigh456 years ago
Jack Crevalles are great fish. Any kind of jack puts up a great fight. They're one of my favorite fish to target with topwaters.
SNAP! What a catch! You can pull those out of the ponds where I live... Good instructable!
irish death1 (author)  I_am_Canadian6 years ago
Thank you very much!
can you make an Instructable on fishing from the banks soon
irish death1 (author)  bleedingsoul6 years ago
what do mean, do you mean banks of a pond?