To begin with, the first thing to keep in mind is patience. Being patient is the key to good fishing. You have to stay in one place and wait for the fish to take the bait. Moving around in search of more fish will not help; rather you will scare off the potential catch if you are moving about.
Location is everything. Veteran fishermen never share their spots but you have to be sneaky to find out where they are headed. You have to understand the species of fish to find out where you will find them. Overhanging branches, lily pads, tall grass etc are where bass likes to ambush their prey. Look for trout in running water as well as slower moving water. A key to knowing all these is to study your fish and its habitat.
Getting in tune with the surrounding is also very important. You have to be quiet and sit still. Look for splashes in water, the birds that are diving in water; subtle clues like this will help you get closer to the fish. Keeping a record of the tide, moon phase, sky conditions, and weather is also of great help. You have to get attuned to the surroundings.
Always be prepared when you are out on a fishing trip. Bring your lunch, your tackles, sun block, and dress properly for the day. You won’t be able to fish properly if you are distracted with some other things. Leaving a good fishing spotfor a silly distraction is not worth it. If you are comfortable, you can fish longer.
Using the right bait is a must. Along with it you have to keep in mind the size of the bait. You can use artificial lures or even live bait but that varies from fisherman to fisherman. You have to increase your bait size as well as the colors of the lures to make sure you can land large fish. Switching the colors of the lures regularly decide
what the fish are preferring on that particular day.
A good research on the fish you are planning to catch makes it a lot easier. There are several books available on different kinds of fish and their habitat. You can also search the internet and go through the articles. Fishing guides would come in handy too.
How many of us like noise? Same goes for fish. They like it quiet. Avoid making unnecessary noise or talking loudly when on the water. You are not going to catch any fish if it is all loud and noisy.
Most importantly if you are out there fishing enjoy the experience. Get comfortable, only then you can spend more time and as a result you can catch more fish. It is important to stay on top of your game if you are serious about fishing.