Going on a fishing trip is hands down the ultimate bonding experience. Whether you do it with the family or the gang, nothing gels you closer.
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 that Sweet 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. 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.
Deciding on Target 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. If your bait is for catfish, don’t show up at a bass-dominated lake. 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 a huge help, especially for newbies.
As soon as you know what species to target and how to target it, it’s time to get the right 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.
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.
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 will not be a problem though as it will be easy to rent or even charter a whole trip.