Planning for Your Fishing Trip
Going on a fishing trip is hands down the ultimate bonding experience. Whether it’s a family vacation, a pre-bachelor party activity or a casual weekend escapade, nothing brings family members or friends as close.
But while an awesome fishing trip can be a story to repeat over an entire lifetime, a horrendous one can regrettably remain in your memory for as long. After all, considering the erratic behavior of the great outdoors, there is a lot you need to plan for to make sure you have fun and stay safe.
Here are tips that can help you plan one of the best fishing adventures of your life:
Finding the Right Spot
The most vital part is undeniably finding the right body of water. If you’re camping, there should be a nearby campground that will be accessible to everyone on the trip. If necessary, see if there are showers, bathrooms and other basics. Most great fishing spots are quite far off the beaten path, so it has to be accessible to your vehicle and everything you’re towing behind it.
Choosing Target Species
Now don’t dream of getting any catch in a trout stream if you have topwater frogs that are too large for nine-inch rainbow trouts. Don’t go to a lake inhabited mostly by bass when you have bait for catfish. Spend time going over fishing reports so you know what you can catch at your chosen destination, and then check out some fishing tips and tricks for the specific species you’re aiming for. These pieces of information can be very helpful, especially to first-timers.
Once you have decided on certain species to target and how to do it, start equipping yourself with the proper gear. Get the right rod, a good reel, and some baits that suit your target species. There are lots of articles online that you can read and learn about species and their matching baits.
Having a good campsite complete with a tent, tables and generous space, plays a big role in achieving an overall convenient and successful fishing experience. Make sure your food is locked up in something secure as you’re away from the campsite or catching your zzz’s. You don’t want any wild animals (imagine bears) snooping around your area. Also bring along some things to have fun with, like cards or board games.
Hitting the Water
Finally, you’ll likely need a boat, unless you plan to fish in a river or stream that gives you access to all parts of the water. This will not be a problem though as it will be easy to rent or even charter a whole trip.