Going on a fishing trip is hands down the ultimate bonding experience. Whether as a pre-bachelor party activity or a random weekend trip, there’s nothing that brings friends and family 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 things to consider when planning your next fishing adventure:
Finding the Right Spot
Choosing the right body of water is the most critical part. If you’re camping, choose a location where there’s a campground nearby, so that it will be accessible for everyone in the group. 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. 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.
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. Online, you will find plenty of articles to learn about matching species with baits.
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. 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
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 shouldn’t be an issue however as renting or even chartering one for a full trip is always an option.