By: FishRap Staff
Question: If someone is fishing for the first time this summer, how should they go about being prepared and where is the best place for them to learn to fish?
Jon Gonzales of Ventura Sportfishing:
Someone just beginning to get into sportfishing will find the landings the charter boats run out of have a wealth of knowledge. All you really have to do is ask. You can help yourself quite a bit with a bit of research as well by checking the daily fish reports typically posted and learning more about the rigging and tactics the successful fisherman employ. There are hundreds of websites and magazines dedicated to sportfishing with a wealth of information literally at your fingertips. There are also some free online message boards and forums where you can ask specific questions and meet fellow anglers, both those who are also new to the sport and those who have been around for quite awhile.
Don’t get too frustrated with yourself at first either, nobody knows everything and everyone has to start somewhere. Practice, practice, practice! Time on the water helps you to get more acquainted with all sorts of things; what the current is doing, the difference between a strike and your weight hitting the bottom, which knot to utilize in which situation, the list goes on and on.
Sportfishing landings have several boats departing on a daily basis in most cases and the boats have deckhands aboard to teach you all sorts of things and bail you out should you get into trouble. It’s not really the location, it’s your determination. If you want to learn how, and you’re willing to put in the time and effort, it will eventually click.
Jon Gonzales helps manage Ventura Sportfishing’s fleet, which include Amigo, Island Spirit, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Eagle.