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Tricks of the trade on how to get started as an angler

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POSTED May 5, 2012 1:48 a.m.

If you’re just a beginner angler, or maybe even just thinking about pursuing this relaxing hobby, there are a number of things that you can do to make your introduction to this pastime as pleasant as possible, financially and otherwise.

That’s the advice from Tim Sellars, manager of Fisherman’s Warehouse in Manteca, and his assistant manager Russ Furuoka. Both men are avid and experienced anglers themselves with years of fishing under their belt.

“The best thing you can do is to either go with someone who can teach you hands-on, or go to a bait and tackle store,” like Fisherman’s Warehouse, where you can ask a lot of questions, Furuoka said.

Going out fishing with someone to get your feet wet in this hobby also gives the beginning angler an opportunity to ask questions such as techniques from the more experienced fishermen that you meet, he said.

“Another tip if you’re new in the sport is to strike up a conversation with the (fisherman) standing next to you, or just observe if you’re too shy to ask,” added Furuoka who has worked for Fisherman’s Warehouse for several years including a stint as co-manager of the branch in Sacramento before coming to Manteca.

If you’re computer savvy and you know your way around the information highway on cyberspace, Sellars said you can go that route, too.

But, he qualified, “while there’s a lot of information online, we find that people from local bait and tackle stores (like Fisherman’s Warehouse)” are better at providing assistance on a personalized level, Sellars said.

“We’re the best place to go,” he quipped. Plus, they always tell you where the local fishing spots are located, he said.

One of the best ways to get started, though, is to attend any of the Thursday seminars offered free of charge by Fisherman’s Warehouse, Sellars pointed out. These weekly seminars, held in the back area of the store, feature a wide range of topics and guest speakers – from professional fishing guides and, sometimes, representatives of manufacturers who will bring samples of the latest state-of-the-art fishing gadgets. They will even give a demonstration on how these products are operated, Sellars said.

“People are encouraged to take advantage of these seminars,” he said.

Since seating is limited and is on first come, first-served basis, anyone interested in attending any of these seminars are encouraged to come early. Or, said Sellars, they can call up ahead of time and find out what topics are being offered on any given Thursday. The seminars start at 6 p.m.

To find out more about Fisherman’s Warehouse, visit their web site at www.fishermanswarehouse.com. The Manteca store is located at 2201 E. Yosemite Avenue, telephone (209) 239-2248.

 

ROSE ALBANO RISSO

Staff reporter for the 209

 

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