It can be daunting to try out new skills learned in the safety of a gym, outside, where the landings are not as soft, but you need to have confidence in yourself and not hold back otherwise you will never get better at bouldering.
Learning skills and growing in confidence need to go hand in hand so make sure you have a strong belief in yourself that you can do the things you are learning. You need to get your mindset in the right place to be able to improve at bouldering just as much as physically learning the skills.
Clean your fishing pole thoroughly before using it. Wipe it all down with a cloth and keep it nice and clean as dirt and debris can damage it.
Most fishing poles come in separate sections, so make sure you connect the pole together correctly and that all of the parts are clicked into place. Check they are all lined up properly and that the pole is secure. Don’t ever force the parts together, if they are not sitting together correctly there may be a part missing.
Take your pole and attach the fishing reel into the seat of the fishing pole. Make sure to screw it tightly and check that it’s in place and properly secured. Never over tighten the reel or it might break and destroy your pole.
Lay your fishing pole down, take the line and pass it through the guides on the fishing pole. You need to make sure it’s all running correctly and not too tight. Make sure you run the line through all of the guides down the pole, without missing any out.
Attach your tackle hook at the end of the fishing line by threading the line through the eye, like a needle. You will need to secure the line by wrapping it around the mainline and looping it tight before tying a knot.
Now you can put your weights on the line and it’s up to you how many you want to use and how to attach them. It will depend on the style of fishing you are planning to do and what feels right.
Once you have your fishing pole all set up you can set about choosing the lure that you want to use to tempt the fish towards you and there are a number of things to think about when making that decision.
Color – you need to choose a color that works with the weather, so if it’s sunny use silver to reflect light, if it’s cloudy use gold as it gives out light. The contrast will help to attract the fish’s attention and some styles have a lot of movement in them which provides more attraction.
Type – the type of lure you use will depend on which fish you are trying to catch and the size of the fish. A jig is good for freshwater fish, a spoon lure is good for bigger fish but for an all-round lure go for a spinner which provides great movement.
Water – check the water at your chosen spot as if it’s muddy then you want a lure that moves, such as a spinner and spoon. If the water is clear a lure that moves too much might scare the fish away.
Next, you need to attach the lure by threading your line through it, leaving around 20cm on the other side. Wind it back around itself and then wrap the line around the lure. You need to wind the lines together around five times to make them secure. The final step is to tuck the free end of the line back through and fasten with a knot, before cutting off the excess.
Setting up a fishing pole can at first appear daunting as someone new to the activity but by following our simple steps you can get your equipment up and running in no time and with no difficulties.
But if you have any doubts or difficulties when setting up, then seek advice from a fellow fisherman as they will have all the years of knowledge to share with a newbie, and that way you know that you won’t get your line in a tangle.
Fishing is a great sport, offering beautiful scenery, all levels of participation from fun, to serious competitive events, so once you have mastered setting up your pole, you just need to sit back and wait for the fish to bite, and take in the view.