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, 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
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. 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 go fishing in a trout stream with a loads of topwater frogs that are too big for nine-inch rainbow trouts. Forget that bass-inhabited lake if all you have is catfish bait. Look at fishing reports to know what species are caught at your destination, then brush up on fishing tips and tricks that are appropriate for those specific species. These pieces of information can be a huge help, especially for newbies.
As soon as you know what species to target and how to target it, it’s time to get the right gear. 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.
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. 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 – think bears – surveying your site, do you? It would also be nice to have a little extra fun at camp by playing some board games or cards.
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.