Whether you are going fishing for the first time or you are a seasoned angler, you continually pick up tricks and tips along the way. Many spend hours on the water with nary a nibble. However, by doing a little research in advance, you may find that you have better luck catching instead of waiting.

Know the Location

Take the time to learn what fish are found in the lake or river. You must also determine the specific habits of the fish you are hoping to snatch. Some fish are active in the morning while others prefer afternoons or evenings to appease their appetites. Visit fishing reports and learn what fish strike using what bait and tackle combinations.

Come Prepared

No doubt your tackle box contains an array of hooks, lures, weight and extra line. However, remember to bring a knife, flashlight, pliers and a first aid kit. Other options include an adjustable wrench, a glue stick and a lighter.

Bait

Different species of fish prefer specific types of food. When baiting the hook, slide the worm or other meal up along the shank to prevent fish from having the chance to take a quick nibble. Some fish species are attracted to artificial or electronic bait devices. However, they are a waste of time if the fish are not in the local body of water. While shiny lures may seem appealing, they actually blind some fish species. It is better to go with lures having a matte finish.

Bass Tips

Bass tend to follow the water’s current, so, face the wind when fishing. During spring when the fish are spawning they tend to prefer shallower areas in coves or pockets to protect their eggs. In defense, bass will often bite out of anger rather than from hunger. Bass are more active as a storm front approaches, which increases the likelihood of a catch. Red lures, spinners and hooks fool the fish into thinking they see injured prey. However, in spring, peach-colored items remind them of their popular meal of crayfish. During summer and into fall, they prefer shad. Switch to chrome-finished tackle at this time.