Fishing is a great activity that can be exciting and tranquil at the same time. It is no wonder then that more and more Americans are taking to fishing like a fish to water! If you are planning your first fishing excursion, here are a few beginner fishing tips to help you out: Tip #1: As a beginner, you don't need to buy fancy high-end equipment. Some inexpensive and basic items like a rod, reel, fishing line, a few hooks, weights best baitcasting reels for beginners, lures/baits, a net and bobber should just about complete your fisherman's repertoire for the time being. You can also get other accessories like a fishing hat or sunglasses for protection from the sun. Tip #2: Before you start, it's always a good idea to find out where the local hotspots are. You can ask at the local bait shop for some inside information on where the fish will bite. It's highly recommended to start fishing in places where the water is shallow. You should cast the lure in shady or rocky areas where the water is deeper, because this is where you can find the fish. This makes for a great casting practice and you can progress to fishing in deeper waters as your skill level grows. Tip #3: One of my favorite beginner fishing tips is to practice casting in your own backyard! You can mark off the area where you want to cast with a rope. Then you can practice throwing the cast and study which movement works best for you. Also, when casting, remember to make greater use of your wrists' motion instead of your arms. Tip #4: When you are confident of your casting abilities, you can head out to the nearby river or stream to start fishing. When casting, try to cast your line slightly ahead of the fish, while trying to land the bait softly without making too much of a splash. This is important so that the fish can see the bait. Once you successfully cast the bait, try and keep a close watch on the bobber. If you see movement or if the bobber goes underwater, you can tell you have a bite. If this happens, don't get excited and reel in the fish slowly while keeping your net ready to scoop the fish out of the water. Once you've safely landed your quarry, check to see if it's undersized as per your state regulation book. If it is indeed undersized, you should return it to the water immediately. The same practice should be followed in case you don't plan to cook your catch, as this goes in sync with the true spirit associated with fishing as a sport and it also ensures that the fish population of any species doesn't get diminished as well as leaving a plentiful supply so that other anglers can enjoy their fishing experience as well.