How to Plan a Great Fishing Trip
It’s fact: a fishing trip is the ultimate bonding experience for everyone to cherish. 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 things to consider when planning your next fishing adventure:
Finding the Perfect Spot
Choosing the right body of water is the most critical part. If you’re camping, there should be a nearby campground that will be accessible to everyone on the trip. If needed, find a place where showers, bathrooms and other essentials are available. 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.
Choosing 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. 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 quite indispensable, particularly for rookies.
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 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.
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 (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.