A fishing trip can be the perfect way to relax and unwind or a fantastic opportunity to bond with a friend or family member. Unfortunately, if you are not well prepared, things can go wrong and take the shine off what could otherwise be a successful day or weekend. Continue reading for our list of # essentials to improve your fishing experience.
1. The right clothing
They said that if you fail to prepare, you may as well prepare to fail. This couldn’t be truer when it comes to clothing. Head out on an overcast day, and you may not even consider the need for a sun hat. However, not taking one could result in sunburn or worse. Equally, you may set off on your fishing adventure with shorts and a t-shirt because the weather is warm. As we all know, the sun and clouds can be some of the most unpredictable things, potentially changing significantly and by several degrees in a short space of time. We recommend having garments to suit all types of weather, just in case. In fact, we would advise wearing pants, whatever the weather, as these cover your whole leg, protecting you from potential insect bites. Oh, and be sure to pack a spare set of most items, too. Driving home or trying to sleep in soaking wet clothing is not a pleasant experience.
2. The right equipment
The equipment that you take with you will depend on the type of fishing you are planning to do. Rods, reels and lines ought to be carefully chosen to match the kind of fish you will be hoping to lure. Always do your research. For example, use recommendations from friends or search the internet for the best spinning reels to use for bass. We also advise always taking a backup rod with you. Accidents happen, and if your primary rod were to break, that would be the end of your trip or certainly your enjoyment of it. Watching someone else fish is hardly entertaining.
3. The right accessories
The most important accessory is perhaps your fishing license. Without it, you may not be able to even partake in your hobby. Always take it with you. Sunscreen is for the pale and pasty, right? Wrong. Almost everyone could end up suffering from burns or blisters because of sunburn. Always take a bottle with you, just in case. Sunglasses are a must, too. They will allow you to see what you’re doing better as well as protecting your eyes from sun damage.
Pesky mosquitoes can take the shine off a successful trip. Be sure to take insect repellant with you. The nasty flying insects seem to swarm around lakes and rivers, making you a prime target to become their next meal. A first aid kit is another recommended item. Ensuring you can deal with any minor injuries will allow your trip to continue. Finally, we would always recommend packing a waterproof bag with you in which you can put your cell phone and your wallet, for example.