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The Primary 5 Fishing Methods

Here at Phantom Tri-River Charters, we love to see the light bulb come on for people when they discover fishing and all the joy that it can bring to their life. We help them understand and experience that joy by providing them with the equipment they need to go fishing.

Interestingly, some of our customers are unaware that there are multiple types of fishing. They will ask: “What types of fishing are there?” to which we reply that there are five primary types. Today, we will go into those types to help provide additional understanding of your options when you hit the open waters.

Bait Fishing

The method that most people are likely most familiar with is bait fishing. This is what one does when they simply take some bait out on a fishing rod and use it to try to capture fish from a lake, pond, river, or even the ocean. The bait that is used will depend on what is available and what the fisher believes will attract the most fish. This is a simplistic method of fishing, and it is enjoyed by millions of people every year.

Fly Fishing

This method will use a rod that extends 7 to 11 feet in length. At the end of the rope is an artificial fly of some kind. The fisher will swing the rod back and forth to place their artificial fly near the water’s surface. The goal is to get a fish to latch on to that artificial fly and then reel them in. This method of fishing is a lot of fun, but it is also more exercise than some other methods.

Ice Fishing

To go ice fishing, one needs to be in an area where bodies of water freeze. Plenty of places match this description, but it is important to focus on them because that is where you can go when you need to cut a hole in the ice and place your line into the water to try to bring fish up. Some people ice¬†fish as a means of survival. However, even those who don’t need to catch fish to eat will still enjoy the experience.

Spin Fishing

What is spinning fishing, you ask? This is similar to bait fishing, but the type of rod used is somewhat different from what you might use with bait fishing. Spinning fishing rods are typically going to be between 6-10 feet in length. That is considerably longer than the 5-6 feet that are used with a bait fishing rod. Typically, when one is spin fishing, they will be using lighter lures to catch different types of fish.


This involves using live bait and getting out on a motor-powered boat into the water. When one is trolling, they are looking to catch larger fish and are using heavier rods as a result.

As you can see, there are many ways to enjoy the hobby of fishing, so we hope you will look into each of them and decide which ones appeal the most to you. There is a good chance that you can get started with them right away if you so desire.