Tips for Planning the Perfect Fishing Trip
It’s fact: a fishing trip is the ultimate bonding experience for everyone to cherish. 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, with the unpredictability of the great outdoors, there is just so much to plan to make sure you enjoy and remain safe.
Here are things to consider when planning your next fishing adventure:
Finding that Sweet Spot
Choosing the right body of water is the most critical 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.
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
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.
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 – think bears – surveying your site, do you? Also bring along some board games or playing cards for extra fun at the campsite.
On 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 will not be a problem though as it will be easy to rent or even charter a whole trip.