New Fisherman

I’d like to start fishing as a hobby, but I’m not sure how to get started. I live in Connecticut, so it would be saltwater fishing. Any tips on what to catch, and how?

I do advise the beginning fisherman to target a specific species. That can come later on once you have your bearings and know the craft well. In the beginning it is much better to use an approach that will open yourself up to catching many different species. You should start off by learning to surf fish or better yet fish from a pier. I am not familiar with fishing Connecticut waters but would be surprised if there were not a local pie you could access. You should start with a stout medium to heavy action rod of at least seven feet. Ocean rods need to be longer and heavier than rods you would use to fish in lakes. Select a reel that holds at least two hundred yards of line. As you progress in your fishing skills you will be targeting species that can rip large amounts of line from your reel in a very short period of time. Your reel is definitely more important than the rod. If money is tight you should definitely put more of your resources into your reel than the rod. If you are not very skilled you will want to use heavier line. I would advise starting with twenty pound monofilament line in your reel. For bait I would use shrimp or live fish. In the absence of live fish you can substitute cut pieces of fish or squid. These baits are best fished near the bottom and around some form of structure like a fishing pier.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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