Planning for Your Fishing Trip
A fishing trip is without a doubt the ultimate bonding experience for all. Whether you do it with the family or the gang, nothing gels you closer.
But while a fantastic fishing trip can be a story to be repeated forever, a terrible one can, unfortunately, be as unforgettable. Besides, with the volatility of the great outdoors, there is plenty for you to plan to ensure that you enjoy as well as stay safe all the way.
Here are things to consider when planning your next fishing adventure:
Finding the Right Spot
Choosing the right body of water is the most critical part. If you’re camping, there has to be a campground close by and accessible to every person in the group. If necessary, see if there are showers, bathrooms and other basics. The best fishing spots are usually found far off the beaten path, so pick one that will not be a problem for the type of vehicleyou plan to use, along with everything else you plan to tow behind it.
Choosing the Right Species
Now don’t think you will enjoy fishing in a trout stream with tons of topwater frogs that are too large for any nine-inch rainbow trout to bite. Forget that bass-inhabited lake if all you have is catfish bait. 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.
Preparing Your Gear
As soon as you know what species to target and how to target it, it’s time to get the right gear. Find the right rod and a good reel, and then choose baits that work best for your targeted species. There are lots of articles online that you can read and learn about species and their matching baits.
A good campsite – one with tables, a tent and plenty of space – is important to having an overall successful and enjoyable fishing trip. 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 – think bears – surveying your site, do you? It would also be nice to have a little extra fun at camp by playing some board games or cards.
On the Water
Lastly, unless you’re fishing in a stream or river where you can access the water from everywhere, you’ll probably want a boat. This doesn’t have to be an issue though as you can easiliy to rent or maybe charter one for an entire trip.