Don't spook the fish. By keeping a low profile and not alerting the fish to your presence you can ensure that the fish keep biting. These tips explain specific measures you can take to keep from spooking the fish.
1. Fish early in the morning or late in the day if there is lots of sunshine and you are fishing in shallow water. Fishing is acceptable at any time on an overcast or rainy day.
2. Try not to cast your shadow. Stand back and stay low to keep your shadow away from the area of your line.
3. Fishing by wading in shallow water requires a longer cast. Wading causes the stirring up of sediment and water movement, which will definitely spook the fish. Fishing in shallow water requires short casting if you are in a boat or on a raft.
4. Manage your watercraft. Keep noisy engines off, use a raft and poles or invest in a trolling motor, which keeps noise down.
Tips: Fishing is a quiet sport. Explain this to any guests who are unfamiliar with the rules of fishing. If you have to bring a talkative person with you, make sure you invite them on a windy day. This includes noisy kids and mother-in-laws.
If you are new to fishing, and don't want to spend a lot of money, try buying an inexpensive rod (or borrow one) and some bread. Find a nice perch on a dock, take a small piece of bread and roll it into a tight ball, put it on your hook and lower the line. You are just as likely to catch a fish as anyone else. Try not to lean over the dock and look in the water so the fish don't identify you as a person looking to eat them.
Make sure you really want to go fishing. Once you're on that boat, there's no getting home, unless you want to take a long swim. Jumping overboard will definitely spook the fish.
When on a paid fishing trip on a professional fishing boat, let the captain do all the work. Sit back on the comfortable, leather fishing chair, put the rod in the rod holder and sip your favorite drink. The captain will know how to handle the boat to keep the fish from scattering. When you do catch the big one, the pro will help you reel it in, you get to take a picture with your prize catch and you get all the credit.