If you’ve been thinking of taking up a new hobby that gets you out into the great outdoors, fishing might be something that has crossed your mind. However, there are quite a few different styles that you can choose from.

Before you go buying any equipment, you want to do a bit of research first. This way, you can start off in the best place possible.

Below we are going to take a look at eight different types of fishing.

Want to learn more? Then keep on reading.

Shore Fishing

Shore fishing is one of the most common styles for beginners. This is because it requires the least equipment, and you don’t need to have a boat. Just park yourself on the banks of a river, jetty, or pier and see what you can catch.

You will have to set up at the right time, however. Dawn and dusk are often the best, but it will depend on what type of fish you want to catch.

Fly Fishing

As interesting as it may be, fly fishing doesn’t mean you will be dangling from the air to catch your fish. It’s a particular technique of fishing, where you act as if a bug has landed on the top of the water (instead of sinking bait). 

To get started, you’ll need not only a fly-fishing line, rod, and reel, but you’ll have to master your casting method. You can find some tips to help you get started here.


Trolling involves the process of placing a baited line behind a moving boat. Usually, this bait is a smaller fish that attracts larger species.

This style of fishing is for those that are more serious about the hobby. It requires extensive equipment, a good boat, and a ‘fish finder’ that helps you determine the best location.

Ice Fishing

As you probably understand from its name, ice fishing involves catching fish through holes in a frozen body of water. It’s popular for seasonal fishers and makes for an exciting challenge.

Compared to other types, this requires a bit more knowledge and expertise. You’ll also need to stock up on special ice fishing gear that is different from what you would typically use.


If you’re looking for a more-hands on experience, then spearfishing might be something that you would like to try out. Instead of using a regular rod, you use a speargun that is either elastic or compressed-gas powered.

Before you go spearfishing, you must check the government rules. It’s usually done with snorkeling and scuba diving, and you want to abide by the regulations.


Using a rod isn’t the only way to catch fresh seafood. If you can’t seem to get the hang of using one, you might try netting instead.

You can either place one on the back of your boat (often called trawling), use a scoop net, or try casting with your bare hands. This style is used to obtain large amounts of fish rather than one or two.


Still want to catch some seafood but don’t want to buy all of the equipment? Why not give hand-gathering a go. While it may be a little more complex, it’s a fun outdoor activity that the whole family can get involved in.

You might try digging for clams and crabs or gathering kelp and shellfish. Just make sure that you do some research so that you know exactly what you are picking up. The last thing you want is to end up with food poisoning. 

Drone Fishing

Finally, one of the most unique and newest styles of fishing, drone technology, now allows you to get the perfect catch no matter where you are. Just drop the bait and fly back with your prize.

While this technique is always going to be more expensive, it can be a fun activity as you try and navigate your drone. Again, make sure you keep things legal, as some spots will not allow drone technology, and you could end up with a nasty fine.

Final Words

And that’s it! These were just eight different styles of fishing explained. As you can see, there are many different options to choose from, and there are even others that we haven’t listed above.

Before you get started, do a little more research into each one so that you can determine what’s right for you. It might even take a few tries before you find something that takes your fancy.

Good luck!