Three Tips for First-Time Anglers

Douglas Paone, MD, has administered adult internal medicine services to patients in Naples, Florida, for nearly 13 years. He previously spent 22 years in the same position at Kansas City Internal Medicine, PC. Outside of his medical practice, Douglas Paone, MD, enjoys saltwater fishing.

There are a few basic tips that can help a first-time saltwater fishermen. Heading out on a boat with one or more experienced anglers is the best piece of advice for a beginner. As with any new skill, practice is the key to improving, and more-skilled anglers can provide real-time assistance. Experienced anglers can also provide insight into the various pieces of saltwater fishing equipment. Familiarizing oneself with the rod, line, and lures is another important step new anglers should take. Refining a casting technique or learning how to bait the hook more effectively can mean the difference between a long drought and a string of successful outings on the water.

Finally, saltwater fishermen must follow the tides and the weather. A location that provided ideal conditions at one time of day might prove entirely fruitless at another. Saltwater fish are easiest to catch during ebb tides, although avoiding inclement and potentially dangerous weather should take precedence over an opportune change of tides.

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