How to be prepared for a Fishing trip - The full guide

How to be prepared for fishing trips – The full guide


Fishing trips can be extremely relaxing and are often thought of as one of the great people past times. Quiet time in a natural setting is an extremely rejuvenating experience. Catching fish that can feed you and your family is helpful, too, especially in today’s tight economy.

The experience can really resonate with the ancient hunter in us all. To have the most enjoyable trip, it’s important to be prepared and pack all the essentials. So, making a list of items that you should bring is a great idea to start your preparation.

Fishing trip packing tips

Here’s exactly what you need to know when planning your next fishing trip. These tips can save you a lot of headaches.

So many times you see recreational fishermen just throwing all their fishing gear into their vehicle without the proper preparation. Without the correct preparation could turn the fishing trip into a complete disaster, resulting in very little or no catch at all.

Planning and preparation are paramount. the following tips I hope will turn your fishing trip into a success. After reading this article you should be on your way to bigger and better catches.

  • The first mistake recreational fishermen make is the condition of their rods, reels, and all relevant tackle before leaving on a fishing trip. Take for example the sharpness of your hooks, having a blunt hook could mean missing the catch of a lifetime. You can sharpen the barb with a file, or a sharpening stone, which can be obtained relatively cheap cost at your local tackle store. It’s also wise to carry various sizes and types of hooks in your tackle in case different species are on the bite.
  • Another thing that a lot of people overlook is the selection of rod and reel to be used, and the condition they’re in. As we all know after each fishing trip, immediately or as soon as possible, we should clean our tackle in fresh clean water before storing it. Also, a few drops of oil on essential parts of the reel is recommended. The guides should be free of chips, cracks, breaks, or any type of corrosion. If they are damaged then they should be replaced. Replace the line if it’s old, and make sure you don’t overload the spool when adding a new line.
  • Now that we have attended to the rod and reel, let’s check our tackle box. Careful planning and packing of your tackle box are essential for getting the most out of your next fishing trip. It’s extremely important to make sure your tackle box is stocked with everything you need to catch the fish you’re going after. There are different styles of tackle boxes to choose from but the essentials are the same. Apart from the assortment of lures, hooks, sinkers, and floats, important inclusions are – Needlenose pliers for extracting hooks, scaling tools, sharp knives, torches, and several plastic bags which I have found can come in very handy at times.
  • You know now how you should prepare your fishing gear and tackle before leaving on your next fishing excursion. When you are planning your next fishing trip, keep these suggestions in mind. Now that you understand the importance of planning and maintaining your rods, reels, and all the other essential items, you’ll probably approach your next fishing trip in a whole new light. So long as all of your equipment is in the best of condition, by following these tasks it is now time to put them into good use.
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Fishing trip essentials: what to pack?

Many things can be considered fishing supplies, tackle, and rod aside there are things that can make or break a great experience and make the fishing excursion anything but pleasurable. It is always great to have a completely loaded tackle box, and the best rod on the market however if you are missing something you will surely know about it rather quickly.

Here are some tips for packing and getting ready to set out on your adventure.

#1 – Extra clothing

You will need to determine where, when, and for how long you will be fishing to decide what clothing items to bring. If you’re going to a winter spot, you must bring appropriate coats, long-johns, hats, gloves, etc. Just in case you get wet, no matter what the season, you must bring a change of clothes, socks, and shoes. Waterproof boots will be helpful, as well.

#2 – Boots, Vests and Life jackets

These items do not go into the fishing tackle box, but they are a must-wear on every trip to the lake. Passionate fishermen don’t mind wading through the water to get the best catch. That is why you should invest in waders of boots. Some waders reach as high as the waist while others extend up to the chest. Boots are usually knee-high. Boots and waders offer traction when walking through water. A life jacket is also suggested for safety. Vests with their multitude of pockets and compartments house all your equipment while keeping your hands free.

#3 – Maps and directions

Once you’ve decided upon the area that you plan to fish in, get a good map of the location, or use google maps to find your way around. Many GPS systems are portable and may be helpful, as well. A good compass will help to point you in the appropriate direction, especially if you’re in a very remote area with few signs or distinguishable landmarks.

#4 – Tents and sleeping bags

If you’ll be camping out, lightweight backpacking tents and sleeping bags may be easily carried down trailheads and to off-the-beaten-path locales. It’s wise to get a lightweight set-up that will be easy to haul around.

#5 – Flashlights and batteries

It’s easier to bait a hook for night fishing when you have a bit of light to shine on the tackle box.

#6 – Rods

Rods are the long poles used to catch fish. The rod is quite flexible and has a hook affixed to the end opposite to the one you hold. Fishing rods are of different types (sturdiness) and lengths. The type you should carry depends on the fish and the location. Ultra-light fishing rods are used for streams and lakes; whilst longer sturdier rods with heavier rigs are needed for fishing rivers. Some rods have push buttons for ease of operation.

#7 – Line

Like the rod, the type of line you should use relies heavily on the type of fish and the location. Opt for a heavier, durable line in the 6-15-pound class. This is also a requirement in rough weather conditions and larger streams. Select a thin line to trick your catch when fishing in still waters. You can buy rods and reels as a combination or separately. Carry extra line. There are possibilities of line breaking, getting caught on a log, or being bitten by nasty fish.

#8 – Baits and Lures

The bait or the lure is affixed to the end of the fishing reel. It is used to entice fish. There are different varieties of baits – live bait and artificial ones. Live baits include smaller creatures such as worms, nightcrawlers, grasshoppers, leeches, grubs, hellgrammites, minnows, and meal worms. Smaller fish are great lures for larger varieties. The fishing location is a great place to search for lures and baits. You can also purchase prepackaged bait. Stores sell prepackaged bait according to the fish type. Some are available as pellets and dough.

You can also choose from an array of artificial baits. The options include spinners, spoons, plugs, and plastic worms. Artificial baits are made of plastic or wood. They have feather-like attachments and imitate the movement of live bait in the water. Carry sufficient lures in varied sizes and colors. You will gradually learn which one works best for you.

#9 – Food and drink

Make sure you have adequate provisions for keeping yourself well fed and hydrated during your fishing trip. Catching fish is wonderful, but planning to live off what you catch might be a bit too optimistic. Protein bars, non-perishable fruits, and nuts along with plenty of fresh water will keep the fishermen and women of your group well energized.

#10 – Bug repellant

One of the most forgotten items that should be included in your fishing supplies would have to be a good bug repellant. Any good angler knows, where there are fish there are bugs. Most of the time fish will feed off the bugs that scurry around on the water’s surface, when the fish are not eating the bugs chances are the bugs are eating you. Always pack a good bug spray to keep you from being the next meal rather than that wonderful trout.

#11 – First aid kit

A basic stash of first aid items such as band-aids, antiseptic, and gauze will be a nice addition to your trip, should an injury occur.

Other necessary items include:

  • A tube of sunscreen
  • Needle nose pliers to separate hooks from the catch
  • And to cut tangled lines use nail clippers.

Fishing gear differs based on personal preferences. The type of fish you intend to fish also influences your choice of equipment.

Final Thoughts

Fishing takes more planning than you may think. To be successful, you must have the proper gear but you don’t need to take a lot of extras with you either. This could hinder your success because your pack might be too heavy to be able to be effective.

Consequently, if you don’t have enough supplies, you can have less success than you would have if you were properly prepared. Careful planning and packing are an ideal way to get the most out of your next fishing trip.

Fishing trips FAQs

Q: What food should I bring on a fishing trip?

Beef Jerky.
Breakfast Sandwich. Rolling through McDonald’s is part of the early morning fishing trip ritual for anglers everywhere.
Chicken Nuggets.
Sunflower Seeds.
Cliff Bar/ Energy Bar.
Pretzels (With or Without the Peanut Butter Filling)

Q: What gear do you need for fishing?

Fishing Rod and Reel.
Fishing Line.

Q: What is a good starter fishing rod?

The popular versatile fishing rod is a 6.5-foot, medium-action spinning rod. You can throw little crappie jigs on it, live bait for catfish, trout spinners, or most any bass lure. If you are going to start with one fishing rod and fish for multiple species, this is the perfect one.

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