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Yeow! 17" Catfish by the Jefferson Memorial! Learn to Fish in 30 Seconds!

Learning to Fish in 30 Seconds!

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Fishing has its tools other than the obvious tackle. I recommend:

  1. Swiss Army knife with two sharp blades and scissors. Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers also come in handy, as does an awl.
  2. Needle nose pliers and/or hemostats (very small pliers) for getting hooks out of fish that insist on trying to swallow the whole thing. If the fish HAS swallowed the whole thing, cut the line & throw the fish back or keep it to eat. Don't even think of trying to rescue the lure!
  3. A rag or better, a pair of gloves. If you're always lucky, you can grab the fish by the mouth with your thumb and index knuckle, and either push or pull the hook out, but if you're unlucky ... They are useful for grabbing a slippery, unhelpful fish and trying to remove one to three hooks with the pliers, without getting stabbed by 6 other hooks (see crankbaits ...) Yes, the old idea of holding a fish upside down does make it less wiggly.

Gloves are to protect the fish, not so much the fisherman. They have very sensitive scales, mucus, gills and should not be touched by human hand. Hold the fish by the mouth, never the gills! Television sets such a bad example ...

I am going to recommend catch and release, but if you are fishing for consumption, it is still a good idea to keep the fish as healthy as possible to prevent any off-taste or smell.

  1. Hat if you have to squint to see.
  2. UV-rated sunglasses They can also help you see underwater, by cutting down the reflected light.
  3. Even closer than clothes, lather on some SPF 15 on every bit of skin that might become exposed through the day. SPF 15 Chapstick is also a good idea
  4. Lure retriever for those pesky times your treble hooks have caught on an underwater tree branch - or bicycle.
  5. Superglue will hold plastics to the hook.
  6. Ruler or tape to check your fish is legal or to prove that you for once in your life really caught a big one.
  7. Scale for weighing fish; some fish are best/most appropriately measured by length, others by weight. No bass weighs 6 lbs and is less than 20 inches, for example. For reasons unclear, smallmouth bass are measured in inches, large-mouth in pounds ...

Fishing violations are measured in inches, so if you have to have one thing, it is a ruler/tape to determine if it's legal to keep.

  1. Waterproof camera (see above)
  2. Awl or spike if you insist on using a baitcast reel; helpful for straightening out the birds nests on the reel. Some might recommend a very fine crochet needle. I won't.
  3. Flashlight for when you are having so much fun, you haven't noticed the sun go down. Headband-type or "miner's" light gives you both hands to tie knots.
  4. Water sox/shoes for when you have to retrieve a lure that is just out of reach and need to get your feet wet.
  5. Drinking water!

Summary/shopping List







Swiss Army knife (w/ scissors, awl, screwdrivers)


Lure retriever

Nail clippers

UV-rated sunglasses

Waterproof camera

Hemostat/needle-nose pliers

SPF 15+ sunscreen

Water shoes/sox


Rag, pair of gloves






Ruler / scale



Flashlight / headlamp






Drinking Water


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Bluffton, SC

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