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How To Fish: A Complete Guide For Beginners

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If you’re picking up fishing in Myrtle Beach as a new hobby or you just want to learn the basic skills in preparation for your Murrells Inlet fishing charter trip, this beginner’s guide will introduce the basics. Fishing is a popular sport and occupation along the coast, so understanding the most popular styles, gear, and locations will give you a head start on a new venture. Crazy Sister Marina offers the most memorable fishing trips in Murrells Inlet, so book your trip and check out our tips to reel in the catch of the day.

Where To Go Fishing?

If you’re looking for the best spot to go fishing, you first need to decide what you want to catch. When you’re fishing on the ocean, where you cast your line determines what you’ll reel in. Consider the type of fish you want to catch on your fishing charter adventure. The experienced staff at Crazy Sister Marina can help you decide which adventure you should schedule based on your targeted species. If you’re aiming for Vermillion Snapper, Grunts, Silver Snapper, Triggerfish, or Black Sea Bass, continental shelf fishing is in order. If you’re more interested in Silver Snapper, Grouper, Sharks, Triggerfish, Grunts, and Amberjack, then are team will help you plan a Gulf Stream charter fishing trip. Of course, you can always try your hand at shark or offshore fishing.

Fishing Gear

For a beginner fisher, you’ll want to look for a spinning reel and rod combo. The set is sold together and are typically easier to set up. Lures and bait can become complicated, but for basic fishing a live worm will work. Lures are used as a decoy to distract the fish and a bobber is a floating ball attached to your line that indicated when a fish has grabbed the bait. While you’ll need the basic fishing essentials if you head out on the lake, taking part in a fishing charter trip with Crazy Sister Marina means you’ll have everything you need waiting on the boat. You can bring your own equipment, or we’ll be happy to supply you with the best fishing tools available.

Casting Your Reel

Casting your spinning reel is simple. You want to toss your lure as far as possible. Allow roughly six inches of line off the end of your rod. With a spinning reel, you’ll have a bail, or thin wire arm, to flip before casting. Flip the bail and hold the line with you finger. Pull the rod back slightly behind your head and toss forward, releasing the line so the lure and bait hit the water. Once the line is cast, flip the bail again and start slowly reeling in the line.

Don’t let your line become too slack. You want the line to be pulled taut, so you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the reel’s drag system. The drag dial on your rod will affect how your line handles different size fish. For small fish, less drag is needed, but for larger species, you’ll allow more drag.

The Crazy Sister Marina team is ready to help you plan your Myrtle Beach fishing trip. Plan your trip now and let us help make one of your first fishing trips unforgettable.

Photo Credit: Facebook Patrick Panasko