Going on a fishing trip is hands down the ultimate bonding experience. Whether it’s a family vacation, a pre-bachelor party activity or a casual weekend escapade, nothing brings family members or friends as close.
And though a marvelous fishing trip can be a story you’ll love to tell for a lifetime, an awful one can, sad to say, be equally memorable. Besides, with the volatility of the great outdoors, there is plenty for you to plan to ensure that you enjoy as well as stay safe all the way.
Here are things to consider when planning your next fishing adventure:
Finding that Sweet Spot
The most vital part is undeniably finding the right body of water. 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.
Choosing Target Species
Now don’t dream of getting any catch in a trout stream if you have topwater frogs that are too large for nine-inch rainbow trouts. Forget that bass-inhabited lake if all you have is catfish bait. 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.
Preparing Your Gear
As soon as you know what species to target and how to target it, it’s time to get the right gear. Find the right rod and a good reel, and then choose baits that work best for your targeted species. You will find lots of articles online that let you learn about different species and the best baits you can use.
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. Your food should be locked up in a tight container so they remain secure even when you’re asleep or away from the campsite. You don’t want any wild animals – think bears – surveying your site, do you? Also bring along some things to have fun with, like cards or board games.
On the Water
Finally, unless the area lets you access the stream or river from all sides, a boat will likely be necessary. This will not be a problem though as it will be easy to rent or even charter a whole trip.