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Tips for Planning the Perfect Fishing Trip
A fishing trip is without a doubt the ultimate bonding experience for all. Whether you do it with the family or the gang, nothing gels you closer.
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, 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 steps to take as you plan for your next fishing adventure:
Finding the Right 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. Find an area with bathrooms, showers and other essentials if necessary. 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.
Deciding on 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. 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
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. Online, you will find plenty of articles to learn about matching species with baits.
Setting up a good campsite with tables, a tent and lots of space is an important part of an overall successful fishing. To keep your food secure while you’re away from the campsite or catching some zzz’s, make sure they are locked up in a tight container. You don’t want any wild animals – think bears – surveying your site, do you? Also bring along some things to have fun with, like cards or board games.
Hitting 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 will not be a problem though as it will be easy to rent or even charter a whole trip.