So many people love grabbing a rod and heading out fishing. Whether this is your first trip or your fiftieth, it’s always a good idea to have a checklist ready so you don’t forget anything important. The last thing you would want is to get out into the boat and realize you forget your rod. So, in order to prepare yourself, we wanted to write an article to help you out. Whether you want to go on a last chance sport fishing trip or you want to go over with a buddy for a week, keep reading to find out how to prepare for a fishing trip.
License and registration
Depending on what area you live in will depend on what type of license you need. Many states and towns require you to have a specific license before going fishing, or at least a license if you want to catch specific fish. If you are unsure, try and stop by a fishing store and asking them. Try and do this earlier rather than later in case there is any processing time that may hold you up. Typically, you can purchase them and start fishing right away. In many cases, you can also purchase them online. A quick Google search should tell you the answer otherwise run into the nearest fishing store to find out.
Expect bad weather
If you know anything about fishing it is that you never know what the weather is going to look like. It can go from sunny where you are hiding from getting sunburnt to windy and rainy in less than a minute. The weather forecast may say one thing and does another. Because of this, make sure you pack for all types of weather. If you see that it may be cold, pack even more laters. Since you will hit wind being in a boat, it can be extra cold out there. The rule of thumb is simply to pack for all four seasons.
The last thing you want to be doing the morning of fishing is to be organizing your gear. This should be done the day before or a couple days before. Try and pack your things with the items you will need most often and first at the top and items that you hopefully do not need like a first-aid kit packed below. Anything that you may need suddenly for fishing has it easily accessible. Things like food should also be brought unless you are going on a tour that has is prepared for you. Remember to pack lots and extra in case of emergency. The last thing you want to be doing is having a fun and great day but have to call it quits early because you are too hungry. Finally, make sure to keep your license and registration in a waterproof box or bag to ensure if you need to show them that they are readable and in a safe spot.
It’s important to always have a map with you. It’s also a good idea to bring a campus. You never know what will happen at sea and it’s always a good idea to be prepared for anything. These can be purchased online or in a fishing store. Make sure the map is specific to the area you are planning on going and detailed. One should also show the seasons’ weather patterns. A GPS is also a great idea as well. These will not only help you in case of an emergency but ensure you find the exact spot you want to fish too.
Check the boat
If you own a boat or your friends do and you are bringing your own, make sure it is checked prior to the day of fishing. If there are any small items that need repairing or replaced, you would much rather have this taken care of in advance rather than the day of your fishing day.
It’s time to now organize your gear. What should you bring and what should you leave at home. This answer will vary greatly on where you are fishing and what you are fishing for. With that said, here are a couple of rules and tips to follow.
- Has the tackle box cleaned before going out? Let it air dry so it is not damp.
- Label all your items. When fisherman ends the day on the dock their stuff can all suddenly go everywhere. By labeling your items you can track which ones are yours and which belongs to the fisherman that finished at the same time as you.
- Replace any hooks or rusty items before you go. You don’t need to bring those with you.
- Make a list of anything you are missing and get it beforehand at the store altogether.
- Ensure all your fishing items like rods are in good shape, cleaned, and ready to use.
- Restock items like sunscreen, bug spray, and anything that is used but not fishing related.
As you can see, there that be a lot of work involved in getting your fishing trip prepared. It will be worth it though. Not only because you will enjoy hanging out by the water all day, but because you will be in nature and catching fish that you hopefully can eat and enjoy later on.
For more tips on getting ready for a fishing trip or to ask about any fishing tours available, contact us today.