How to Plan a Great Fishing Trip
A fishing trip is without a doubt the ultimate bonding experience for all. 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 an awesome fishing trip can be a story to repeat over an entire lifetime, a horrendous one can regrettably remain in your memory for as long. 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 Perfect Spot
Deciding on the right body of water is the most crucial 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. 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.
Choosing the Right 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. 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.
After knowing what species to target and how you should do it, you can start gearing up. Get the right rod and reel, then stock up on baits that are most effective for the species you’re targeting. There are lots of articles online that you can read and learn about species and their matching baits.
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. Also bring along some board games or playing cards for extra fun at the campsite.
On the Water
Lastly, unless you’re fishing in a stream or river where you can access the water from everywhere, you’ll probably want a boat. This doesn’t have to be an issue though as you can easiliy to rent or maybe charter one for an entire trip.