Three Different Types of Fishing

people fly fishing in a river

If you’re new to fishing, you might be shocked to learn that there’s so many different types of fishing out there. So, how do you find out what’s the right style of fishing for you? To help out, we’ve written this post to talk you through just 3 of the many different types of fishing available.

FLY FISHING

Fly Fishing, one of the most popular types of fishing, is an angling method that uses an artifical ‘fly’ to catch fish. These artificial flies tend to be made from hair, fur or feather and are hand-tied to a hook. They are designed to resemble invertebrates, bait fish or other types of lure to encourage fish to bite the fly.

In the UK, fly fishing is used to catch fish like trout, salmon, carp and bass (to name a few!). The techniques required will vary dependent on where you’re fishing – be it a lake, pond, river or even the ocean. As you can probably tell so far, fly fishing is quite versatile!

Fly fishing differs from other types of fishing because the weight of the line carries the hook through the air when cast. Fly lines are usually plastic-coated to provide weight and the heavier the fly, the larger the reel and rod needs to be!

SEA ANGLING

No guesses for where sea angling takes place… As the name gives away, this type of fishing is done in the sea. Therefore, most sea fishing will take place off a boat. Although, it can also be done on piers, off shoreline rocks or on estuaries.

When sea fishing in England, you may come across bass, cod, plaice, flounder and potentially even some ray or shark! If that’s not an interesting variety of fish, we don’t know what is…

Bait fishing is usually the preferred technique for sea anglers. The bait used in sea angling tends to include lugworm or ragworm. However, it may also include fish bait like mackerel or shellfish and squid.

Due to the depth and distance of the sea paired with the weight and size of the fish, you’ll need tackle that can cope with this style of fishing. Resilient rods and reels with long casting distances will be perfect for starting out in sea angling.

BOTTOM FISHING

Bottom fishing, also known as legering here in the UK, quite simply refers to fishing at the bottom (or floor) of the water.

Bottom fishing uses a heavy lead sinker to make sure the line is deep within the sea floor. A little higher up the line, about an inch or so, is the hook. The idea is that as fish go for the bait the weighted line will trick them into changing route, leading them straight towards the hook.

Bottom fishing can either be done from a boat or, like sea angling, can also be done from the shore with the weight allowing the line to be cast out towards the sea.

The types of fish you’ll catch in bottom fishing can include catfish, sucker fish and the red snapper.

AND SO MANY MORE TYPES OF FISHING

That’s just a small insight into some of the common types of fishing you may partake in. However, there is a wide variety of other fishing techniques out there for you to get involved in. There’s also the likes of ice fishing, spearfishing, netting, kite fishing, noodling…and so many more types of fishing! With so many different styles available, you’re bound to find a fishing technique that suits you.

So, why not give one of the many types of fishing a try? You never know, you may end up finding a brand new hobby that you love!

Six Great Reasons Why You Should Go Fishing

There’s a whole host of reasons for why you should (or might want to) go fishing and sometimes “just because” is a good enough reason in itself. So, whether you’re new to fishing and want to know why to go, or if you’re a well-seasoned fisherman looking for another excuse to get out by the water, then here’s our list of some of the top reasons to go fishing.

1. Spending Time with Friends and Family

Fishing can be a social sport making it a great way to spend some quality time with friends or family. The calm outdoors environment creates the perfect setting for catching up, talking and bonding with friends free from the distractions of the 21st century.

2. Stress Relief

It’s no secret that fishing is a relaxing activity. Fishing offers an opportunity to just slow down and be present or engage in thoughtful reflection. Going fishing gets you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life making it the perfect break to recharge. To enjoy a truly stress-free fishing trip, turn off your mobile phone for time away from notifications, text messages and phone calls.

3. Exercise

Fishing might not be the first activity you think of when you think of exercise. However, you may be surprised to learn that it can be quite a moderate workout. If you’re into sport fishing then hauling a catch that could be 30 (or more!) pounds means it can be quite an intensive sport at times. Along with catching some heavy fish, casting and reeling in your fishing rod can also burn a fair few calories. Throw in there the hike to your fishing spot, if you chose to fish somewhere remote, and you’ll have had quite the workout.

4. Being in the Great Outdoors

How often do you get outdoors? If your answer is “not that often” then fishing can be a brilliant way for you to increase the amount of time you spend outdoors. Far too many of us spend most of our days indoors, working or in the city where there’s little greenery. But that simply means it gives you more reason to fishing so you can enjoy a beautiful change of scenery and breath in the fresh country air.

5. Good Food

Catching your own fish to eat is always a rewarding experience. If you fish for food then you’ll know that exciting feeling of accomplishment and pride all too well. If you’re yet to catch your first fish then you have the excitement of eating the fish you caught to look forward to. Plus, fish is a great source of protein that’s low in fat making it a healthy choice too.

6. Fun

Finally, fishing is fun! What better reason to go fish other than simply because it’s fun? Getting outdoors into nature, relaxing your mind, conversing with friends or enjoying a moment of peace and quiet on your own… whatever your reason you may choose to go fishing, there’s no denying that it’s going to be fun.

 

We would love to know your top reasons for going fishing too, so be sure to let us know and share your ideas with others!

Our First Blog Post

Fishing Reel

Hello and welcome along to the first ever article written by the incredibly talented person/s behind SimplyFishing.net

But First…Who’s who at SimplyFishing.net?

My name is Lee and I’m the main ‘web person’. What that means is that I’ll be the one who’s always writing the articles, creating the pages and answering all the emails. Don’t worry if it doesn’t sound much fun to you, I enjoy it.

There are a few of us involved in this little project so you may well hear from other people from time to time, but right now I’m expected to do most of the typing (thanks guys!).

Meanwhile I’m also testing out a forum, although we’re not 100% sure we’ll be implementing it as forums can be a LOT of work to maintain. You’ll know if you’re a regular user.

Most of the team are busy right now taking lots of nice photos from our adventures out and about either on our own fishing trips or meeting up with others to capture some shots of what they get up to, so once we have enough we’ll edit them and stick them on the site.

I’ll introduce you to each and every other member as and when they have time to stop by and help me write a little bit about them.

Where in the world are you located?

Something that I think we haven’t mentioned so far is that we’re based in the UK, so a lot of the content on the website will primarily be of UK locations, prices etc. and a lot of the rules and laws that we discuss around fishing may not necessarily be the same if you are visiting from outside the UK.

It would be nice to hear from anyone from outside the UK so that we can include any information from where you live, so if you are an expert in your own part of the world, get in touch and let’s see what we can work out.

Well, I think that’s from me for now, it’s covered the basics for the first post at least. I’ll be back as often as I can to let you know about new updates from our site and the latest news from the world of fishing.

G’bye for now, Fisherers!