Fishing can turn into a waiting game, as you will often have to wait for hours before the fish show any signs of life. Once they start showing signs of life, it is usually during a short window of opportunity, in which they will go on a biting frenzy. That’s your chance to catch as many as you can!
The problem is, you might have to adjust and change the lure, the line, or maybe even the fishing rod itself. All during that short window of opportunity.
Meaning you need to be able to act fast. There’s nothing worse than waiting for hours, only to then miss out on catching the fish because you weren’t able to switch between setups fast enough.
The best way to solve this is by ensuring you’ve set yourself up for success. How? By being organized! It sounds very obvious, but keeping everything in a highly organized and accessible way will make those switches all the faster, giving you a better chance at catching more fish.
To help you become as organized as possible and to boost those chances of making the most of the biting frenzy, we’ve compiled 14 of the best tips and hacks that will take your fishing to the next level!
A safety pin to organize your hooks
Keeping your hooks organized is one of the most important parts of fishing, as it can save you a lot of time if you don’t have to fumble about looking for them. One of the main reasons for wasting time with the hooks is trying to find the right size when you need it.
So a good trick is to organize all your fishing hooks by size. You can then thread them onto a safety pin so that they’re held in place, and you have ‘bundles’ of hooks for each size!
A cork to organize your hooks
If your hooks are the type that doesn’t have an eye, then you won’t be able to thread them onto a safety pin for organizational purposes, meaning you have to use a different trick. Instead of the safety pin, you can organize them using corks.
You simply stick the hook into the cork by embedding the sharp point, and you can organize them by size and keep them in place! And a great advantage of using a cork is that the pointy side of the hook is out of the way, so there’s less chance of you pricking yourself on it!
A safety pin to replace a damaged line guide
There is nothing worse than having your line guide break right when you need it the most. It renders the rod useless for the rest of the fishing trip until you’ve got it repaired properly. Experienced anglers, however, have a little hack for this specific situation!
You can use a safety pin in the place of the damaged line guide so that you can keep using the rod. Bend it at a 90-degree angle and then tape it to the rod to use the safety pin.
Make sure the eye of the safety pin is the side sticking out, as that is what will serve as the new line guide. It’s not as good as the actual line guide, but it should hold pretty well if you use strong enough tape until you get it repaired.
Electrical tape to make the spinning reel spool braid-ready
Usually, you can’t spool the braid directly onto regular spinning reels because the surface is too smooth for the braid, causing it to rotate instead of staying put.
You can buy a “braid-ready” spool that has been adapted to stop the braid from slipping, but there’s an easier way to do that without having to buy specialized material. Use electrical tape!
Apply it to the spool before you attach the braid, and you’ll notice that the braid no longer slips, solving the entire issue for way cheaper.
Getting rid of baitcaster birds nest
Baitcaster birds nest can be a real hassle to deal with, and it can ruin your chances if it happens right when the fish are going into a biting frenzy, and it’s the perfect moment for actually catching them.
So here’s one of the best tricks. Press down on the spool with your thumb, and rotate the handle for half a turn. Repeat this if necessary, but it should release the line pretty fast so that the issue is solved and you can catch the fish.
Label your fishing reels according to line size
Sometimes, you will have to quickly switch from one fishing reel to another during fishing because you will need to use a differently sized fishing line. If you have a few, this is easy enough.
But when you have several fishing reels, it can waste you some precious time to figure out which is which. A good trick to avoid any confusion is to label each reel with the line size so that you can instantly find the one you need.
There are different ways in which you can label, whether it’s by number, by words, or by colors!
Label your fishing rods with color-coded tape
If you have different fishing rods that are good for different circumstances or needs, then you might end up having to switch between one or the other in a matter of seconds, depending on how the fishing situation unfolds.
Unless the fishing rods are super different in appearance, you’re going to waste a few valuable seconds figuring out which one to pick up. To avoid this, you can color code the fishing rods by using colored tape.
That way, you see the flash of red tape or the flash of blue tape, and you instantly know which rod is which.
The 3 most important fishing knots
Tying knots is a must amongst anglers. Knowing the best knots and being able to tie them fast and under all conditions is super important.
The main three knots you should do are the uni knot, the double uni knot, and the loop knot. With those three knots, you have everything covered.
- Uni knot
This is the universal knot, ideal for attaching the line to the hook, and similar. It is by far one of the most used and most important of all fishing knots.
- Double uni knot
This knot is an adaptation of the basic uni knot but designed to provide a much stronger hold. Its main use is joining two lines together to become one, and it’s strong enough to withstand the pull of a big fish.
- Loop knot
The loop knot is incredibly useful, and it is used to solve the main disadvantage of the uni knot: the fact that it restricts the movement of the hook.
Turn the line around when it gets worn out
Fishing equipment can get pretty expensive, so knowing how to get a couple of extra uses out of the material is super important. Braid, in particular, can get pretty pricey.
It’s why most anglers end up using monofilament backing when spooling a spinning reel. But here’s the thing, a lot of anglers waste their braid by discarding it once it’s worn.
Instead, you can get a second use out of it by turning it around. The part of the braid that’s tied to the mono backing won’t be worn, so by turning it around, you’re ensuring every last piece of it is used before it needs to be changed.
Using a gauze net for soft bait
Some of the best baits for catfish, such as cat food or chicken liver, can very easily fall off the hook or even dissolve away in the water. And it’s pretty frustrating to have been waiting for hours, only to realize the bait is no longer there.
To stop this from happening, you can use a small gauze net and wrap it around the bait, tying it to the hook. That way, the bait won’t go anywhere.
Using a line cutterz ring
During a fishing trip, you will usually have to cut and re-tie the fishing line many times. Sometimes in the worst moments possible, like in the middle of a fish-biting frenzy!
A lot of anglers, to deal with this fast, will cut the line with their teeth. However, this is not recommended at all, as it can seriously damage your teeth! Instead, get a cutterz ring.
It’s right there on your finger for when it’s needed, and it will have a two-sided blade that can instantly cut through a fishing line, making the task a lot easier. There are also plenty of designs when it comes to cutterz rings, so you’re guaranteed to find a comfortable fit!
Using a nail file to sharpen your hooks
Most accidents or injuries related to fishing have to do with the hooks, as they are extremely sharp and dangerous. The thing is, you have to keep them that way to ensure they are effective at catching the fish.
Over time, the hooks can become blunt, and it’s your job to sharpen them (carefully). The easiest way to do this is by using a diamond nail file!
Using unconventional baits
There are plenty of different baits that you can use when fishing, and there are plenty of ‘special’ baits available in the market that are supposed to get you more fish.
But experienced anglers will tell you that when fish begin to lose interest in the bait, it’s time to start using the really weird ones. Things such as cat food, pieces of sausage, candy…Something new and unconventional can spike the fish’s interest and get you the catch!
This is especially useful when you’re trying to fish catfish, as they tend to go for the unconventional bait more.
Zip-lock bags to organize lures
As you might have noticed, most fishing hacks are about optimizing organization so that no precious time is lost when it comes to crucial moments. This last tip is no different. Keeping the lures organized is vital to access them quickly and know exactly where each type is.
Apart from using the different compartments of the tackle box, you can store the lures by type inside zip-lock bags. It will keep them well-stored and organized, and they’ll also be easier to transport.
Most of the best fishing hacks you can learn have to do with keeping the equipment well organized and on hand so that you’re ready to switch set-ups or act fast when the fish start biting. After all, you don’t want to miss out on that window of opportunity!
Things like labeling your rods, or keeping the lures packed in bags according to type, can save you a lot of time, as you won’t have to fumble about looking for the right things you need at a certain time. Some of the hacks are also about getting by when something breaks or goes wrong and saving some money with equipment.
To sum it up, here are all the hacks that we went through:
- A safety pin to organize your hooks
- A cork to organize your hooks
- A safety pin to replace a damaged line guide
- Electrical tape to make the spool braid-ready
- Getting rid of baitcaster birds nest
- Label your fishing reels according to line size
- Label your fishing rods with color-coded tape
- The 3 most important fishing knots
- Turn the line around when it gets worn out
- Using a gauze net for soft bait
- Using a line cutterz ring
- Using a nail file to sharpen your hooks
- Using unconventional baits
- Zip-lock bags to organize lures
There are plenty of other tips and tricks when it comes to fishing. But these 14 are some of the best that every single angler should know about!