Like any sport or hobby, fishing has its rules. These rules are passed down from generation to generation and everyone should know them. I think it is important to read these rules because if you accidentally break one it may come across as rude or disrespectful.
- Buy a License: Not only is it illegal to fish without a permit but is also a bit greedy. If you go fishing for free you are not paying for the maintenance or conservation of the fisheries in your area. The money you pay for a permit goes to the upkeep of the environment. Even if you have never been checked for a license you should still buy one.
- Don’t Fish Near Others: Whether or not you are fishing from shore or boat you should never fish too close to other fisherman. You run the risk of crossing lines with someone which is a frustating waste of time. Also, it disturbs the other person, fishing is meant to be peaceful. If too many people are in the same spot it will spook the fish and no one wins. The only time you can fish near others is on a pier or a point but you need to cast in different directions.
- Don’t Be Loud: Again fishing is meant to be a peaceful hobby not a party. If you want to party don’t fish at the same time. The fish will get spooked so you won’t even catch anything. All you need to do is be respectful and you should be good.
- Never Fish Near a Public Beach: This one should be a no-brainer, it is just being wreckless. Not only is it dangerous to the people that are there at the same time as you, but is also possible that you lose a hook which someone can step on.
- Practise Proper Catch and Release: Catch and release is only effective if done properly. In a previous article I outlined the detailed process of CnR. Basically, do your best to make sure the fish is taken care of. If not, the population may be affected.