Are you one of the new initiates? Have you always wanted to indulge in fishing in Quebec? You come at the right time. We have put together for you everything you need to know about getting started in this hobby, in a short fishing 101 guide for beginners. From the necessary basic equipment, to the assets of a good fisherman, you will find here everything you need to, one day, become an experienced fisherman!

In the rules of art

First of all, a good fisherman is one who knows the rules and follows them. You should know that Quebec is divided into 29 fishing zones. The Quebec government imposes regulations on fishing that vary depending on the fishing zone, in order to ensure everyone's safety and the sustainability of species. To fish in Quebec, you must:

  • have a valid fishing license (with exceptions);
  • know your fishing area;
  • respect the quotas and fishing periods of this area;
  • respect possession and length limits which vary depending on the species of fish;
  • use equipment that complies with the regulations relating to the type of fishing chosen;
  • know the origin and species of the fish you have in your possession.

Additionally, if you use a boat, remember that specific regulations also apply. In the case of a motor boat, you will need a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). In addition, any watercraft must include mandatory safety equipment determined by Transport Canada.

The perfect type of fishing to start with

To develop a real passion for fishing, you must experience the feeling of satisfaction that comes with a fish on the end of your line, from your first outing. Easy and accessible, angling is sure to seduce you from the start. In addition, it is possible to practice it wherever fishing is permitted: in a rowboat, on a wharf, on the edge of a shore, etc. Finally, angling will allow you to progress quickly, which will make you a real enthusiast!

Fly fishing is regaining popularity

In recent years, fly fishing has attracted a whole new generation of fishermen. While it was once considered old fashioned, it is now booming in popularity. Offering a unique immersion in nature and an unparalleled connection with fish, fly fishing reaches anglers seeking adventure and an experience beyond simply catching a catch. This is a more technical type of fishing that requires specific knowledge and, of course, practice.

Other types of fishing

In addition to angling and fly fishing, you can do any of the following types of fishing:

Trolling: this is usually a type of fishing practiced at sea or on the river which aims to hang your line on the back of the boat and let it move with the waves.

Winter fishing: possible thanks to the Quebec climate, winter fishing, also known as ice fishing, is a great way to indulge in your new passion during the cold season. Just waddle your line, hook it to a pole and watch it peacefully, a hot drink between your mitts.

The ideal fish for the beginner

The beginning angler wants a fish that bites easily and is easy to get out of the water. This is why, in Quebec, trout is an excellent prey for beginners since it is abundant, present in water points throughout the province and rather easy to fish.

Equip yourself well without breaking the bank

Did you know that it is possible to equip yourself for less than 100 $? So you no longer have an excuse to try this highly affordable hobby! Here is the fishing kit equipment needed to get started:

The fishing rod:

  • A 6 to 7 foot rod with light to medium action
  • An open reel with a spool capacity of at least 280 yards of 8-pound monofilament
  • A 200 yard spool of 6 to 8 pound monofilament line
  • The fishing box:

Hooks of different sizes

  • Spoons of 2-3 different sizes, colors and weights
  • Swivels (to rotate spoons and easily change hooks)
  • Floats and sinkers
  • A small knife
  • Long nose pliers
  • Scissors or nail clippers to cut the line

The accessories :

  • A landing net to avoid losing your catch of the day
  • Worms as bait. Good to know: the combination of worms and spoons remains to this day the most effective for attracting trout!
  • A filleting knife
  • A bucket or cooler to keep your catch cool

The little extras that make the difference:

  • Mosquito repellent
  • A brimmed hat
  • Rubber boots
  • Smoked glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • A raincoat

Finally, never go on a fishing trip without a first aid kit. Accidents quickly happen with a sharp hook and filleting knife, even for experienced fishermen. Be equipped to be able to intervene properly in the event of an injury!

Guided fishing, a good idea

The many outfitters in Quebec (619 to be exact) offer several packages for fishermen of all levels. After a few daily fishing sessions to familiarize yourself with the equipment, you can start thinking about your first fishing trip. For a memorable and meaningful experience, plan a guided fishing trip where you can learn from experienced anglers.

The strengths of a good fisherman

A fisherman's talent doesn't just depend on his equipment and experience. Attitude also plays a big part. Here are some of the best attributes of a good fisherman:

Patience. Sometimes the fish are shy and you have to wait several hours before getting a good catch.

Perseverance. No matter the temperature or the number of catches, the good fisherman never gives up. Rather than returning empty-handed, he reviews his strategies to achieve success.

Attention. For him, all the little details lead to a good catch. The movement of the water, the time of day, changes in the environment, the type of lure… It’s all important.

Optimism. Each fishing trip is a new beginning that has a lot of surprises in store. For him, good fishing comes with good humor.

Curiosity. When not on the water, the good fisherman learns about the behavior of his prey, new industry trends and the best places to indulge in his passion. For him, knowledge is power!

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