How to Fish?

Selecting a Fishing Spot

Visit “Where to fish” Section link, Pick a place you won’t mind staying at for several hours. All sorts of different fish live in public Beaches, Dams, lakes, Mangroves, rivers, and ponds, so you can always find something good to catch.

The fish come close to the shore in the spring and autumn as they prepare for winter. In the summer, they tend to be in deeper waters, so hire a boat out from the shore.

If you live in Karachi or coast line around Sindh and Balochistan, consider fishing the ocean, You’d need specialized rods, reels and bait for the specific fish you want to catch, it’s the same as freshwater fishing for Carps, Trouts, Mahseer etc.

Find out what kind of fish are common in nearby fishing spots PGFA facebook group and fishing reports published on website and locations links on website list fishing hotspots and what fish are biting there.

There are so many types of fish that getting started can feel a little overwhelming at first, so choose a type of fish to focus on Snapper, Carps, Bream, sneakheads and Catfish are a few varieties that are relatively easy for beginners to reel in.

Seek out a specific trophy fish or food fish you want to catch If you want to catch a Mackerel, Cobia, Grouper, marlin or Tuna you’re going to need to head out on the ocean and most favorite method to catch them in Pakistan is Trolling.

Take some time to read up about the kind of fish you want to catch, where they live, and what kind of bait you need to succeed. Fish populations change from area to area and from freshwater to saltwater. Sometimes you have to plan out a trip to get what you want, but it’s a chance to see something new

  • Go to Kemari or Mubarak village if you want to try your luck Trolling and catching a big fish in Saltwater
  • If you don’t have ocean around your city, go to the Great Lakes, rivers and Dams such as Tarbela, Mangla and other water bodies in your region for a variety of freshwater fish such as Carp, Catfish, Snakehead and if you are lucky might be a Mahseer.
  • If you want to fish for trouts go to northwest part of Pakistan, the rivers and lakes around Gilgit, Chitral and Skardu has a lot of trouts for good eating or trophy photos to show your friends.

Go out at dawn and dusk to find more fish the fish come out to feed during these times, so that is your best bet for a big haul. Setting your alarm for 4:30 in the morning isn’t the most fun part of a trip, but it’s worth it when the fish start biting. Take advantage of the early morning hours, especially in the summer, to beat other fishers to your favorite spots.

If the thought of getting up before the crack of dawn makes you groan, make evening plans. Head out to the water around dusk. You can find plenty of fish in shallow waters in spring and fall.

How to catch a fish

Tie your hook on your line When you’re first starting out, stick with a simple clinch knot. Thread the line through the hook, then bring it back toward the reel, wrapping it around itself 4 to 6 times. Feed the end back through the loop and pull it tight. Now that you have a basic knot, cut any excess off the tail end of the line with scissors.

Clinch Knot

Tie weights above the hook to help you spot fish.Tie these items with a clinch knot about 12 in (30 cm) above your hook. If you’re taking on swift water, like in a sea shore, river or stream, use a weight called a sinker so it reaches the fish.

Basic Bait Fishing rig good to catch Catfish, Breams or Snappers from the shore

If you’re in still waters, a bobber is a small ball that helps you see when a fish grabs onto the hook.

A floating rig, good to catch fish swimming above the water floor.

Bait your hook by piercing bait with its tip. Hook through the bait as many times as possible to secure it. Don’t let those fish get away with your hard-earned bait! Hold the hook securely in one hand, then push it straight through the bait. Aim on piercing it 2 or 3 times.

Jamming a hook through a dead bait is a little gross, but you can’t catch a fish if the bait falls off. For example, stick the hook through the worm or shrimp body about ⅓ of the way from its head, then repeat this at the other end.

Cast you line by pulling back and throwing the hook forward Hold the rod with your dominant hand near the reel. Use the reel to adjust the line, leaving about 6 in (15 cm) of it hanging from the end of the rod. Then, pinch the line to the rod with your index finger. unlock the Spinning Reel bail while keep holding the line with your index finger, To cast it, draw your arm back so the rod is vertical, then snap it forward again, when you reach to the direction forward, release the line by lifting your index finger and keep the rod pointing towards the same direction, when the cast end, lock the bail again and spin the reel a few time to have the connection straight so you could feel it on the rod tip when the fish bites.

Wait patiently for a fish to bite Bait Fishing is a waiting game, so be prepared to wait in silence for something to go for your bait. Some fishers reel in the line slowly, jerking the rod a little to give fish the impression that the bait is alive or the connection is straight. If you’re not having any luck sitting back and waiting, try moving the line a little bit.

  • Fish are startled by loud noises and thrashing, keep it quite.
  • Feel your rod tip, watch your line and bobber carefully. You can tell when something bites since you feel the line jerk forward.
  • Wait to let any slack out of the line before reeling the fish in.
  • Sometimes you may end up in spots where the fish aren’t biting. If you’re there for half an hour without a bite, try moving somewhere else or if you are fishing the water wait for rising tide to bring in some fish, in any case finding a good spot can take a little bit of patience

Set the hook by raising the pole once the fish bites, when you feel that big tug on your line, “set” your hook to hook the fish. Simply jerk the rod back in the air to point it up in the air like you did when casting the line. Expect the fish to fight back once you hook it. If you no longer feel anything pulling on the line, that means the fish got off and may have swum off with the bait, try again 🙂 Sometimes determining if you have a bite is difficult. Through practice, you can learn to distinguish between water currents and fish bumping the bait.

Pull the fish in by pumping the rod while simultaneously reeling, lift the rod back up in the air, at about a 45-degree angle, to pull the fish toward you. Doing this puts some tension in the line, so lower the rod again and keep spinning your reel. Reel in the line to remove any slack in it, then lift the rod up again to pull the fish a little closer. Repeat this to bring that catch back to shore.

More fish are lost to loose lines than anything else. A loose line gives the fish a chance to escape the hook. To avoid this, keep the line tense with the rod’s tip above your head.

Once you bring the tired fish close to where you’re standing, swoop in with your water net and catch it.

Latch the pliers onto the hook poking out of the fish’s mouth. Push it back toward the fish to unhook it.

Release the fish if you don’t plan on keeping it, more and more Anglers put their catches back into the water to protect the ecosystem.

Please don’t kill juvenile fish, please release them to grow, follow the PGFA fish scales to measure the fish to see if you’re morally allowed to keep it

Don’t forget to Take a picture or It Didn’t Happen, nobody will believe you 🙂

You want to have a reminder of your time on the water, and something to share with fishing buddies who didn’t make it to that trip.

  • Take a Photo With the Sun Behind Your Back
  • Hold the Fish Firmly but Gently, With Both Hands