Types of Fishing

Fishing is a favorite sport for many. For those who would like to join the angler’s club you may have to get familiar with some of these fishing terms:

1. Ayu-fishing

Ayu fishing has been practiced in Japan since 430 years ago during the era of the samurai. Rods used in this fishing method are usually long (mostly 5 to 7 meters). It also uses fly but it does not use fly-casting. In this method, luring can be done with flies or decoy fish. Ayu fish are quite territorial, so they will attack whatever comes their way and will most likely go for the bait.

2. Catch-and-Release

Catch and release is a practice with the intention of conservation. During the early 1950s, this fishing technique was introduced in Michigan in a bid to trim down the cost of stocking hatchery-raised trout. Since then hobbyists and conservationists alike have supported this method to avoid overfishing and to maintain or save endangered species.

3. Fly-Fishing

Also known as “fly-casting,” this is a type of fishing technique in which an artificial bait, or “fly,” is used to lure and catch fish. The fly is usually hand-tied onto the fishhook.

4. Ice-Fishing

Ice fishing is a fishing method commonly practiced in the northern regions. Anglers fish through holes (using a line and a fish hook or a spear) in the icy lake or river.

5. Jigging

Jigging consists of using jigs — soft baits which are usually composed of rubber and silicon. The fishing action is consists of casting the jig and making jerky, vertical movements into the water, which may attract fish. This technique is quite versatile for saltwater and freshwater fishing and is quite popular too.

6. Live-Lining

This may be an effective fishing technique as you let your line just sink into a flowing body of water like a stream or river, and this is where the line becomes “alive” and its “natural” movement could make an attraction for the fish.

7. Longlines

Also called “droplines,” longlines are used for commercial deep-sea fishing. A longline is a deep and heavy fishing technique that consists of a number of smaller lines of baited hooks which are attached to the main line. The main lines may be placed either on the ocean floor or on the surface of the water. When the fish are finally caught by several hooks, the fishermen eventually haul the bountiful catch.

8. Pole-Fishing

Another popular method of fishing is pole fishing and you can do this type anywhere — streams, rivers, canals, and lakes, in freshwater or saltwater. It provides a degree of precision which can’t be seen from a rod and reel fishing.

Poles come in different lengths (sometimes up to 18 meters) and some are incredibly durable. The first and foremost factor is the way how you present the bait — you can allow the float still, move left and right, up and down, with varying speeds — it is up to the angler’s control. It also provides a level of accuracy because since the bait is meant to attract fish under the tip of the pole, the hook is placed much steadily around a small concentrated area of the feed.

The more tapered and elastic end of the pole provides something for the fish to fight or struggle. That fact and the ultra-lightness of the rig which the fish is trying to catch make the fish to eventually tire out.

9. Purse-Seining

This method of fishing involves the use of seine or a net which is a wide wall of a net that is placed vertically in the water and encircles and catches a school of fish.

10. Spin-Casting

A spin casting or spin fishing is another method is where bait (particularly spinner bait) is cast in freshwater. Spinner bait is a lure which has a metal “wing” which spins when it is in motion. The movement provides the spinner bait varying degrees of glare which might attract the fish.

Where to Buy
GKF 1.8m Spinning Fishing Reel and Rod Combo
YOTHG Replacement Fishing Landing Net
BCB International Survival Fishing Kit
Fishing for Beginners: A Beginner's Fishing Guide
High Percentage Fishing


GKF 1.8m Spinning Fishing Reel and Rod Combo

Although this fishing reel is small and compact, it serves as a full-size rod with the same durability and portability. The reel is made up of the double metal spool and high-tensile graphite body.  The handle of the rod is ergonomically designed and features a right/left interchangeable hand and comfortable, EVA grip handle that allows lengthy and successful fishing.

11. Tenkara-Fishing

Tenkara is a Japanese angling technique which involves the use of a hackle fly (called “kebari”) for catching mountain stream trouts.

12. Trolling-or-Trawling

It involves the use of pulling a net (a trawl) through the water to catch fish. Trolling or trawling is usually done by anglers on boats (who ride on boats that run on quiet-sounding motors, so that the fish won’t be alerted). However, it can also be done from the bridge, pier, or along the banks of the water using trolling rods.

YOTHG Replacement Fishing Landing Net

This is a multi-purpose fishing net that can be used in saltwater and freshwater with sea fishing, stream fishing, river, lake and boat fishing. The net is knotted with nylon; therefore it is slightly stiff but highly durable and solid. Since it is light in weight, you can easily carry it around and store it. An add-on with this fishing landing net is its multiple depths and sizes so fishermen can choose as per their need.  

BCB International Survival Fishing Kit

This kit by BCB International is a great value survival fishing kit with all the necessities you would require to go fishing anytime including a winder, 118-foot line, 2 hooks, 2 lures, 2 swivels, 2 weights, and all of these are packed inside a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag. In a very reasonable price, this is an ideal kit for minimalist backpacking and fishing.

Fishing isn’t just a piece of cake but requires a lot of expertise and practice. Fishermen are also required to study and learn about various fishing techniques so that they know how to fish.

Fishing for Beginners: A Beginner’s Fishing Guide

This is a brilliant guide for beginners who want to know all about the fishing life. It is for those who want to go fishing but have no clue how to begin and where to start from. Information about fishes, fishing tools and techniques, understanding the water, fishing methods, tips, hack and types of fishing, you name it and this book has it.  Whenever you are in the mood to fish, just grab this book and you will know what you need to do.

High Percentage Fishing: A Statistical Approach To Improving Catch Rates

If fishing is your profession or you aspire to pursue fishing as part of your career, this book will help you much. With catch information, fishing concepts, myths and some amazing wisdom tips from the world’s greatest fishermen. Apart from numbers, it also shed light on the impact of weather on catches, the role of lunar cycles in fishing and the most suitable times to fish.  All in all, this book will give you not only theories and scientific approaches but also practical guidelines to ace in fishing and increase your catch rate.