How to Plan a Great Fishing Trip
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.
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 steps to take as you plan for 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 dream of getting any catch in a trout stream if you have topwater frogs that are too large 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 very helpful, especially to first-timers.
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, a good reel, and some baits that suit your target species. Online, you will find plenty of articles to learn about matching species with baits.
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. 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 doesn’t have to be an issue though as you can easiliy to rent or maybe charter one for an entire trip.