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Why Game Fishing Will Give You A Great Adventure

Game fishing is an activity that you can enjoy both in salt and freshwater, and both wet and dry. It is not just luck. It is equipment, knowledge, experience and then luck. At least that is what fishing enthusiast claims. They know how to spot a place where the fish are. Game fishing adventures have outnumbered every form of the tale and if you are a stranger to the sport you may feel that these stories are hard to believe pure fiction. If someone told you that he hooked a marlin off your neighborhood lake, then that is by a mile, an absolute fairy tale. Game fishing entails more than your ordinary dinghy and a stick pole and line. It is that multifaceted side of fishing, action-packed, rewarding, enriching and most of all absolute fun! Here’s why.

1. Choose your game. You can choose the fish you want to catch and get to know where you’ll find them. The easy way to have a big fish is to check the fish market. But catching a big fish is a different story. Knowing where to fish and how to hook them takes research and your guide’s recommendation. Choose from marlins, billfish, sailfish, kingfish and yes, sharks!

2. Get more than what you expected. You may know what you want to catch, you may be at the spot where they are commonly caught, you may have the perfect lure for the species, but there is one thing you need to remember, they are not the only fish in the sea. Anything can bite! Some game fishers set sail hoping for a 300-pound marlin on their hook and end up with a 600-pound shark on their boat.

3. Ready to Fight. Not all game fish are edible, and not all anglers are out to eat what they catch. They pursue game fishing for the fight. Game fish are known for their fight, this means that the angler has to battle it out (mostly struggling) with the fish during reeling. This is a sport that is not as simple as a line, bait hook and pulls it in. Successfully bringing in a catch may take hours because of the constant reeling in and out. This is a battle of who gets exhausted first, man or fish? Most fights, man is victorious, however, there is always that story of the “one that got away”.

4. Help out while having fun. You can ask your local government about tagging programs that you can participate in. Game tagging is a process where anglers tag the fish they catch and set them free. The data gathered is used by the local marina and wildlife protection agencies for preservation and conservation purposes.

5. Inspiring and rewarding. The scores of challenges in-game fishing are as countless as the fish in the sea, this one of the reasons why people are inspired to engage in this sport. The feeling of catching your first fish all on your own, size does not matter (though you are bound to catch some big ones for sure) as this alone is already a mammoth of an achievement.

6. Make new friends. You can never get enough friends in this lifetime. Anglers make really good buddies. They have a lot of experience with the sport so you will be able to pick up tips and a whole lot of tales in their tackle box.

7. The great outdoors. What better way to get a thrill than in the great wide open waters? You will never find an adventure like this inside a video arcade or a mall.

8. Breaking personal barriers. As we grow up, we are flanked with experiences that can be a key to personal enrichment or the start of creating personal barriers. These are things that we limit ourselves to or from. Game fishing is great in discovering innate capabilities that were disregarded due to traumatic or disheartening experiences. Learn to relax, and practice clearing your mind. Fishing does this to almost everyone.

Adventures are as thrilling as you want them to be, and it all starts with your enthusiasm towards any activity.

5 Ways To Make A Fishing Trip Safe

You might have seen “The Deadliest Catch”. It is a documentary about commercial fishermen and their trade. Even without it, you might have sworn yourself to never… ever set your foot on a vessel that is sitting in more water than could fit in a bathtub. Forget fishing. Of course fishing trips are run quite differently. You have a chance to plan ahead and if you are really anxious about it, you can inform your loved ones ahead of time that you are embarking on a fishing trip and just in case you do not come back (though most unlikely) they can notify the local police and contact your fishing charter. For your more calm but serious concerns, here are a few tips on how to make your fishing experience safer.

1. PFD. A Personal Flotation Device, is always required when in, on, and by water areas. It doesn’t exclude you even if you are a strong and excellent swimmer. PFD’s are designed to keep your head above water if you are unconscious. If you are fishing in unfamiliar waters with powerful currents it would be best to have a companion with you and check the area. When going in, make sure that you have a PFD on, as you tread the waters cautiously feeling for any sudden and deep drops that can put you over your head.

2. If your tackle box is well equipped, so should your first aid kit. This is an essential component of your fishing trip that you should never forget or leave for the charter to provide. Yes, fishing charters are outfitted with a competent first aid kit, but it is also wise to bring your own stock comprising of antiseptic, antihistamine, calamine lotion, bandages, liniment, insect repellant, bee sting kit and if you have any, your own prescription.

3. The hooks at the end of your line are very sharp. Make sure that there is nobody behind you before you cast your lure. Once you hook your fish, never place your hands where the fish is directly hooked. Remember that your catch is still alive and in the event that it struggles, you may accidentally snag your hand with the hook if you have your hand near it. If you have signed up for deep-sea fishing or big game fishing, and you manage to catch a mammoth of a fish, be sure to steer clear when your captain and skipper are hauling the big one on board. This is important especially if it is your first time to encounter a fish bigger than your average frying pan. Big fish such as Marlins are very dangerous especially when they are agitated. Fins and sharp body parts of these fish can cause nasty cuts if you do not know how to handle them.

4. Wearing a hat and sunglasses does not only protect you from the sun’s rays, but it also protects you from angler’s hooks and will aid well in spotting fish amidst the sun’s glare.

5. The key to any successful fishing trip is to trust and listen to your captain and skipper. They have been in the industry that you are new to for a very long time. They are familiar with fishing locations and have knowledge of how it is and what it takes to hook up with prized catches. Listen to instructions intently and make sure that you understand and abide by the words from the fishing wise.

Fishing can be as tranquil as a solemn moment by a quiet lake and as wild and adventurous as battling with your first marlin out in the open seas, in between it’s that safety assurance that you are prepared and well aware of the risks to avoid to keep your adventure as enjoyable from start to finish.