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.
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. 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
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 necessary, see if there are showers, bathrooms and other basics. 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.
Deciding on 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. Look at fishing reports to know what species are caught at your destination, then brush up on fishing tips and tricks that are appropriate for those specific species. These pieces of information can be quite indispensable, particularly for rookies.
After knowing what species to target and how you should do it, you can start gearing up. 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.
Setting Up Camp
Setting up a good campsite with tables, a tent and lots of space is an important part of an overall successful fishing. Make sure your food is locked up in something secure as you’re away from the campsite or catching your zzz’s. The last thing you want is bears and other wild animals surveying your exact spot. Also bring along some things to have fun with, like cards or board games.
Hitting 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 will not be a problem though as it will be easy to rent or even charter a whole trip.