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.
And though a marvelous fishing trip can be a story you’ll love to tell for a lifetime, an awful one can, sad to say, be equally memorable. 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 tips that can help you plan one of the best fishing adventures of your life:
Finding that Sweet Spot
Deciding on the right body of water is the most crucial part. If you’re camping, there should be a nearby campground that will be accessible to everyone on the trip. If needed, find a place where showers, bathrooms and other essentials are available. 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 Target Species
Now don’t go fishing in a trout stream with a loads of topwater frogs that are too big for nine-inch rainbow trouts. Don’t go to a lake inhabited mostly by bass when you have bait for catfish. Take time to read fishing reports to know what gets caught at your chosen location, then go over some fishing tips and tricks for the particular species you are targeting. These pieces of information can be very helpful, especially to first-timers.
After knowing what species to target and how you should do it, you can start gearing up. Get the right rod and reel, then stock up on baits that are most effective for the species you’re targeting. You will find lots of articles online that let you learn about different species and the best baits you can use.
Setting up a good campsite with tables, a tent and lots of space is an important part of an overall successful fishing. To keep your food secure while you’re away from the campsite or catching some zzz’s, make sure they are locked up in a tight container. 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.
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 shouldn’t be an issue however as renting or even chartering one for a full trip is always an option.