A fishing trip is without a doubt the ultimate bonding experience for all. 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, with the unpredictability of the great outdoors, there is just so much to plan to make sure you enjoy and remain safe.
Here are steps to take as you plan for your next fishing adventure:
Finding that Sweet Spot
Deciding on the right body of water is the most crucial part. If you’re camping, there has to be a campground close by and accessible to every person in the group. If needed, find a place where showers, bathrooms and other essentials are available. Great fishing spots are typically located rather far off the beaten path, so be sure you won’t run into problems getting there in your vehicle and all else towed 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. 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.
Preparing Your Gear
Once you have decided on certain species to target and how to do it, start equipping yourself with the proper gear. Find the right rod and a good reel, and then choose baits that work best for your targeted species. You will find lots of articles online that let you learn about different species and the best baits you can use.
Setting Up Camp
A good campsite – one with tables, a tent and plenty of space – is important to having an overall successful and enjoyable fishing trip. 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 (imagine bears) snooping around your area. Also bring along some board games or playing cards for extra fun at the campsite.
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.