If you have always wanted to go on a fishing adventure, like joining us for our next Alaska salmon fishing expedition, it’s time to learn the basics of sportfishing if you don’t already know them. This recreational activity is popular among millions. It takes us back to our roots when men used to hunt and fish for survival. We have changed our techniques over the years and improved our equipment, but the fundamentals are still the same. In this article, we will share with you the basic techniques while on the water.
Get a Fishing License
There are many types of fishing, but no matter what you do, you will need a fishing license to get started. Every state has different laws when it comes to fishing and most require a license. We see travelers from all over the world visit us for an Alaska fishing adventure, but they, too, need a license. If you do not have the appropriate fishing license in Alaska, you will be fined, and the prices can get steep.
So, wherever you are located, find out the necessary steps to getting a license. In general, they are inexpensive and easy to obtain. Licenses aren’t all the same and some will restrict you on where you can and cannot go fishing, so make certain you’re fully informed to avoid being fined. Many states will allow residents to get a license online, but we recommend going into a fishing shop. Doing it this way allows you to ask questions and get expert answers from passionate fishers. While you are there, you can also purchase the right fishing equipment, which we will get into now.
Get the Right Fishing Equipment
If you go out your first time without the right equipment, you probably will not enjoy it. We recommend that beginners purchase a fishing kit, as this can significantly simplify the process of matching the right rod to the right reel. A kit also prevents you from overcomplicating this important step, as there are many options to choose from. A little research can go a long way if you want to purchase the right kit for the type of fishing you are interested in and the type of fish you want to catch.
We also recommend buying a tackle box, which is often sold separately. A tackle box will allow you to store all your items in one convenient location. If you turn this activity into a hobby, you are likely going to buy a lot of equipment over the years and a tackle box will quickly come in handy.
Don’t forget to purchase bait! This is perhaps the most important item you will need. We strongly recommend doing research prior to your purchase, as every fish prefers different types of bait. Salmon is one fish you will experience frequently in Alaska. If you are interested in luring salmon, most people recommend herring. Halibut is another fish you will come across while fishing on our charter. Halibut are not picky eaters and almost any type of bait will attract them as long as the bait is alive.
In addition to these items, you will also need a hook, sinker, and bobber that is the correct size for the type of fish you want to catch.
Important Fishing Techniques
Learning to tie a knit is a basic, essential part of learning how to fish. We recommend watching YouTube videos on how to tie a clinch, Palomar, arbor, and double surgeon’s knot. Casting is another technique you must learn to do correctly. You can watch videos and read books, but the best way to learn is by getting out there and doing it yourself. Some tips for casting are:
- Use your dominant hand to hold the rod.
- Keep the reel between your fingers. Hold the line against the rod with your index finger.
- Release the line halfway through the motion of casting.
Unless you are a natural, casting will take practice to perfect. When you land your first catch, be sure to release the fish. It is unethical to kill fish if you do not plan to eat them.
Out of all the techniques discussed so far, the most important is patience. You can spend an entire day on the water and only attract one fish. Some days you won’t catch anything. A lot of patience and a little movement will go a long way and ensure a successful outing.
With these tips, you are ready for Alaska salmon fishing at Action Alaska Sportfishing! Call (907)738-7311 to book your reservation.