Tips for Planning the Perfect Fishing Trip
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 a fantastic fishing trip can be a story to be repeated forever, a terrible one can, unfortunately, be as unforgettable. 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 Perfect 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. 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 a huge help, especially for newbies.
Preparing Your Gear
Once you have decided on certain species to target and how to do it, start equipping yourself with the proper gear. Get the right rod, a good reel, and some baits that suit your target species. You will find lots of articles online that let you learn about different species and the best baits you can use.
Having a good campsite complete with a tent, tables and generous space, plays a big role in achieving an overall convenient and successful fishing experience. Make sure your food is locked up in something secure as you’re away from the campsite or catching your zzz’s. You don’t want any wild animals (imagine bears) snooping around your area. It would also be nice to have a little extra fun at camp by playing some board games or cards.
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 shouldn’t be an issue however as renting or even chartering one for a full trip is always an option.