This is a guide to fishing in fresh water bodies of water such as ponds, lakes, rivers, creeks, and other small bodies of fresh water. This guide includes most all my common used tactics.
Step 1: Step1:dress the Part
when fishing I always dress in layers. also never fish with out some form of head gear such as a hat or bandana
+my preferred layer system+
1st :base- t-shirt and shorts or pants
2nd :insulation- long sleeve shirt
3rd: over wear- jacket or hoodie
4th: outer wear- rain coat, poncho, and waders
Step 2: Step2:rod&reel
your rod and reel should be chosen by your experience level. i recomend starting with a button release if you are brand new to the sport but if you want to make an investment start with a spinning reel and it will prove much more reliable and preform better.if you have experience buy a nicer spinner and learn to use it. one you have mastered the art of casting with a spinner you should try your hand at using a bait-caster.
also both your rod and reel should be chosen by the type of fish you are going after and the type of fishing you wish to do.
catfish -spinner, heavy bait-caster(i use a spinner)
bluegill, sunfish, crappie, and other pan-fish -any(i use a spinner)
bass -any(i use a bait caster)
carp -(i have always used spinners for carp)
tilapia -any reel depending on the type of fishing intended(i uses a spinner because of versatility)
your rodl should also be chosen by the type of fish you wish to catch.
-use a longer pole for panfish
-use a 5-7 foot pole for bass and tilapia
-use a short pole for heavy cats and carp
Step 3: Step3:line
your line also depends on the fish you wish to catch.
my main spinner has 30 pound test braided line for carp, cats, tilapia, and, those bigger bass when i fish in big lakes.
my main spinners is out fitted with 12 pound test for most of my bass fishing
my other spinner has 10 pound test
and my other spinners are outfitted with 10- 30 pound test
Step 4: Step4:hooks
if you are snag fishing i recommend a larger treble hook i snag tilapia with all kinds of trebles
if you are using live bait i recommend a circle hook
and for soft plastics i use a Texas or Carolina rigging hook
any hook works for any type of fishing its just a mater of personal preference and skill level
Step 5: Step5:baits
if you are going after game fish use live bait or soft plastics
if you are going after a scavenger use some thing dead that emits a strong odor
and for fish that are vegetarian use your own home brewed baits
also for game fish use different lures
cat fish- chicken fat, liver, corn, gum, bar soap, wood grubs, and worms
bass- soft plastics, lures, worms, grubs, chicken fat, and live baits
pan fish- bread balls, Berkly power bait, small gigs, and minnows
tilapia and carp are harder fish find your own method for them because i don't have an exact science for them but i catch carp using a circle hook and a hole slice of bread and tilapi a snag fish for
Step 6: Step7:floats&sinks
if you are fishing for cats i strongly recommend using a sinker or float
and if you are fishing for pan fish i recommend a slip float
bass i like to use a bullet sinker
and carp and tilapia i throw a free line witch i very often do to catch catfish as-well
Step 7: Step7:knifes&tools
i always carry a pain of needle nose pliers with me when i go fishing. always... uses are endless weather to remove a hook from you ore the catch of the day.
i also carry a pair of clippers or a knife to cut the line
scales and a ruler or measuring tape are also a must if you are keeping your catch
as-well as a fishing license
Step 8: Step8:find a Spot
find your self a spot where there is definite signs of fish life and where there are not to many other anglers
a great way to find a spot is with a fish finder or to scout out an area and look for signs of fish life including
-fountain or aquatic growth
-trees and downed trees
Step 9: Step9:catch Some Fish
if you are patient and practice you will soon find that you have began to build up a most useful skill that can provide you with food fun and a life time hobby.