If you ask a fisherman what their dreams consist of on a regular basis, there is a fair chance that the Blue Ribbon trout streams of Montana may well have featured. A choice of Brown, Cutthroat and Rainbow trout await you in the fishing season, and if you are going with someone who doesn’t fish, the area is also amazing for hiking horse-riding and many other outdoor activities.
So you’re about to go on a fishing expedition, but there’s just one little problem. You don’t really know how to fish. What do you do?
First, gather up your basics and some fishing accessories. You’ll need poles, bait, and other related supplies. Then, learn the strategies that the pros use to bring home the fish and fry it up in the pan.
Tying a Basic Knot
The Bimini Twist, which is also called the Twenty Times Around knot, is the only knot that really maintains 100% strength under all conditions. Because of this fact, it’s the most commonly-used knot by fishermen, and probably the knot you should use when first starting out.
Getting A Good Lure
You want your lure to be effective. If you’re using an artificial one, go for the bait that looks the most life-like. Fish bite best on lures that look new and bright. But, you can also use live bait. That way, you don’t have to guess at which lures might work. Live bait tends to work the best.
Cut Back The Front Part
Change your monofilament often. Once it looks dull or feels rough, it’s time to switch it up because it’s no longer strong. At the very least, you need to cut back that front part of the line to remove the weaker section. Then, you should retie the leader.
Soak In The Bucket
You should soak your reel in a bucket of fresh water for several hours to get all of the saltwater off the reel when you’re done fishing. If you don’t do this, the corrosive effects of the saltwater will eventually cause your reel to corrode and seize up on you.
Watch Out For Big Fish
Everyone wants to catch a big fish. But, you have to beef up your rig and gear if you want to catch them. It takes 80 to 100-pound test to reel in a 100-pound tarpon, a 50 to 80-pound test to land a large snook.
Set The Hook
They set the hook before the fish has the bait in his mouth. It’s better to wait a second or two, however, if you can’t see the fish. Wait until you actually see the lure disappear inside the fish’s mouth before you hook him.
Otherwise, you might just yank the hook away without a fish. If you feel a lot of pressure on the line from the fish, you know you have him.
Using Live Bait
Most professionals use live bait and for good reason. Fish love it. Live bait stays in top condition longer if you keep it in circulation. If you’re using cut bait, like chum or cut fish, then you don’t have to worry about keeping it alive but you do have to rotate it more frequently.
For live bait, you will want to keep it in cool water because warm water can’t hold as much oxygen. In an aerated, but uncirculated, system, you must change the water out every couple of hours and remove any waste material.
Now you have got a bit more knowledge up your sleeve, take a look at what Montana has to offer, with destinations like Beaverhead and Firehole river, to fuel those dreams of catching your own dinner.
Finlay Wilkinson is a keen travel writer that also enjoys spending his free time saltwater fishing. Keen to inspire a younger generation to explore his world he blogs about fishing on a range of travel, hobby, sport and lifestyle blogs.