The Secrets To A Successful Fishing Trip
Nothing beats the feeling of driving a well-serviced car that's loaded up with all the necessary fishing gear, driving on the open road, and the majestic view of some good country fishing waters! Get the picture? Read on, you're in for a treat!
Now, ever heard of the old expression, a bad fishing experience is superior to good working experience? That's exactly what it is. But you can always make your fishing experience count if you knew what it takes to have one. Fishing is among the many experiences you can have in life and feel fulfilled. It's a great activity to help you relax, get in touch with nature and bond with the people who are close to you.
So if this is what you're looking to achieve, you're in the right place. Below are the secrets to a successful fishing trip.
Having a plan
If you're planning on going for a fishing trip, then before you even close your garage door behind you, come up with a plan. There are so many decisions that you need to make before and while on a fishing trip. These decisions can either make or break your fishing trip. In addition to this, most of the decisions you'll make while fishing will be so tactical and they can affect the results of your fishing trip. Among the things you'll want to include in your fishing trip plan should include:
- Budget needs
- Accommodation- Especially when you plan on extending the fishing vacation
- The methods to use when catching fish
- Scouting for the best waters for fishing
- Rod licenses and fishing permits – Some countries require that you show proof of fishing legally. You'll, therefore, need some sort of paperwork if you're a citizen of such countries
Owning the “Holy Grail” of fishing reels and fishing accessories
Now that you have a good plan and are sure where you're going, it's time to gear up! Whatever your reasons are for going on a fishing trip, the goal is to catch the big ones. You, therefore, need to have all the essential gear necessary for exactly that. Having a fishing accessory checklist will allow you to take inventory of all the tools and items you need for your fishing trip. One thing to note though, your accessory selection will be determined by the type of water you intend to go fishing in. Freshwater fishing accessories may differ from saltwater fishing accessories. For instance, there are different options for freshwater fishing reels and these are somewhat different in features when compared to the saltwater fishing reels. However, there are also fishing reels that are perfect for either freshwater or saltwater fishing. Below is a fishing gear checklist you may want to have at your fingertips:
- Fishing rods and reels
- Fishing lines
- Line cutters
- Needle nose pliers
- First aid kit
It's also imperative to consider your own protection when you're out there. Being exposed to the elements can take a toll on your body and you, therefore, need to arm yourself with insect repellents, sunscreen, sunglasses, extra layers of clothing, a multi-tool, waterproof bags, icebox, and a good camera to mention but a few.
Fishing is complex and to add on to this, it's not for everyone. Most fishing plans and ideas are usually based on probability, guesses, and a rabbit's foot luck. But then again, having good Intel is also important in your fishing trip. It's, of course, important to know the impact of the moon phases, tides, and wind conditions can have on your fishing trip. With this in mind, you need to be flexible enough to adapt to any changes in weather patterns, tide levels, and other weather conditions such as water current and temperature. When you sense that the fish have become bait-shy, you need to include some finesse in your fishing. This means changing lures, baits, or alternative your fishing methods. Always anticipate for some rough patches and as you go.
Listen to the weatherman
We all know of the catchy weatherman son, but it's not what is implied here folks! It's very important that before leaving for your fishing trip, you need to know what you're getting into. Always check the weather forecast updates because if they say it will be too windy, then don't expect to catch any fish. In addition to this, knowing the weather conditions will help you to know the type of protection and clothes to carry.
Patience people, patience!
Fishing is not the kind of activity you go in and out and expect results. You need to have realistic goals of your fishing trip. Now, the best times for fishing are not when the sun is high and burning like crazy. It's during the early morning and at night when the best catches are made. So, don't be in a haste to leave early, actually, the idea is to go early and stay late!
A fishing trip is a great opportunity for you to improve your skills and celebrate with family and friends, relax, and last but not least, catch dinner! If you're therefore looking for a fantastic way to spend your vacation, consider the above tips because, at the end of the day, it's about having a successful fishing experience.