Fishing is a great pastime and makes for an even better vacation, especially when you enjoy nature and the outdoors and want to get away from the crowds. Whether you are planning your own fishing trip with some friends or arranging to take a chartered fishing trip, preparation is essential to make sure the trip goes according to plan. Here are some tips to help you plan for your next fishing trip to ensure it is a fun and successful one.
Consider the Location
When you choose a location for your fishing trip, take note of how you will travel to the location. Consider if you will need to travel up mountain dirt roads or highways. Also, think about if you need to hike into the final location and what type of equipment you need to carry with you, such as your tent, cooking equipment, and fishing gear. If you plan to bring an RV into the location, make sure it will fit through all the roads and passes to get to the fishing destination. Some of the best fishing spots can be remote and will require some traversing to get to them.
As you make a list of items to pack for your fishing trip, consider your location to help you pack. Consider the location and weather during your time there. Are you going in the spring, summer, or fall, and is the weather going to be cold and wet or hot?
Pack shorts and t-shirts or pants and long sleeved shirts with a jacket or parka. If it is a warm climate, consider if you may need a jacket for the early morning fishing time. If you are going on a fishing trip that is chartered with a company, they can provide you with these important details about what to wear and bring for any type of situation there.
Consider bringing some work gloves to protect your hands from the fishing line and appropriate shoes to give your feet good grip in the boat. Also, be sure to pack a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip protection to keep the sun's rays from burning your skin. Even in cold weather you can experience sunburn when the sun is out.
Bring the Right Gear
Along with your camping and cooking equipment and your clothing, you will need to pack your fishing gear. Make sure you have your rod, reel, and any extra fishing line you may need as backup. Then, don't forget all your hooks, sinkers, baits, lures, floats, traps, and nets.