Tips for Planning the Perfect Fishing Trip
It’s fact: a fishing trip is the ultimate bonding experience for everyone to cherish. Whether as a pre-bachelor party activity or a random weekend trip, there’s nothing that brings friends and family 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, with the unpredictability of the great outdoors, there is just so much to plan to make sure you enjoy and remain safe.
Here are tips that can help you plan one of the best fishing adventures of your life:
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 needed, find a place where showers, bathrooms and other essentials are available. Most great fishing spots are quite far off the beaten path, so it has to be accessible to your vehicle and everything you’re towing behind it.
Deciding on 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 quite indispensable, particularly for rookies.
Preparing Your Gear
Once you have decided on certain species to target and how to do it, start equipping yourself with the proper 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.
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 (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
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.