All The Gear You Need To Have A Great Fishing Trip
Gear For A Great Fishing Trip
For some, the ultimate getaway is a weekend with friends at the casino, or a party dancing the night away. Not everyone is like this. For some, the perfect getaway is a simple fishing trip. It is a chance to enjoy the quiet and leave the hustle and bustle behind. What if you’ve never gone fishing before and want to experience the wondrous tranquility of the exercise? Not to worry, we have all the list of essentials you’ll need for your fishing trip, whether alone or with buddies.
1. Clothing Items
When fishing, you need to look the part. There are a few things you need to take along with you that will keep you adequately clothed while on your trip.
- Hat – This is a staple for any fishing trip. A nice fishing hat is just what you need to keep the sun and rain away while trying to catch fish.
- Shorts/Pants– Long pants or jeans aren’t very comfortable when fishing in the lake. When fishing, especially in the summer months, shorts are the way to go. This is not to say pants aren’t also necessary. Pants keep you warmer on cold days, and they protect your legs from biting insects. So, pack both for the trip.
- Extra Socks – It could get cold outside, and you’ll need socks to keep your feet warm. Since fishing is such a wet exercise, having an extra pair of thermal socks is imperative.
- Waterproof Shoes – As mentioned earlier, fishing is a pretty wet affair. It would be a shame to ruin your suede or leather shoes while trying to hook a fish. For the best performance, make sure you pack a pair of fishing boots, water shoes, or wading boots.
- Towel – You already know why you would need something like this. Please pack one with you.
- Jacket – Sometimes, a shirt is not enough to keep you warm when temperatures get cold. So, a jacket is a must-have on this trip.
2. Fishing Items
Like a farmer who goes to farm with no tools, you can’t go fishing if you don’t have the right equipment to help catch the fish. Here’s a look at all the fishing gear you’ll need for that trip.
- Fishing Rods and Reels – These are the most essential of the bunch, and there is no use going on a trip without them. With that said, you need to tailor the rods and reels to the type of fish you seek to catch. Also, ensure you have spares at hand for both the rod and the reel as any of these items can break, forcing you to shorten your trip. Pack a few inexpensive rods and reels to keep you going even if there is a fault.
- Spools of Line – Take several spools of line with you on your fishing trip. The line could always break, and it would be a shame if you don’t have a replacement for it when this happens.
- Bait – If you plan to catch any fish, better have some bait with you. There are different types of bait, but if you’re using live ones, ensure you have coolers to put them in.
- Tackle Boxes – It’s a good idea to have at least two of these with you. A smaller one that has all the essentials and a much larger one that has spares for your rods and reels. You can have this in the car and don’t need to come out.
- Extra Equipment – Weights, fishing nets, knives, ice-chest, and so on.
3. Camping Gear
You may spend the night while out fishing. With that in mind, it won’t hurt to have some extra supplies in case you spend the night out. Here are a few things to have on hand.
- Ziploc Bags – This protects your electronic items from the water. So, you can have your phone, camera and so on. You can throw your socks in there for good measure.
- Paper Plates/Towel – It makes very little sense to have ceramic plates on your trip as they can be cumbersome to wash and store. Have some paper plates handy for when you want to serve the fish. Paper towels are also essential as you can use them to clean the fish.
- Flashlight – Unless you have cat eyes, then please take a flashlight with you.
Apart from the above, you could also have extra batteries, a deck of cards for the downtime, and a pillow to give your head some sweet, sweet rest.
4. Boat Equipment
If you will be using a boat for fishing, make sure you have the following tools to make the experience a painless one.
- Life Jacket – It would be extremely dangerous if you get on the boat without a life jacket. The waters and lakes are a mysterious animal, and you could find yourself underwater in no time at all.
- Sunscreen – The sun could be punishing in certain seasons, and if you’re going to be out on a boat, you would need some sunscreen to keep your skin safe
- GPS – You don’t want to get lost while fishing. Those areas are usually remote with all sorts of untold dangers. So, have a GPS handy at all times.
Other things to have at hand include Towels, First-Aid kit, buckets, and so on.
5. Personal Items
- I.D. – Needless to say, having some form of identification with you while out fishing is compulsory. This is especially necessary if you have kids with you.
- Medication – If you have allergies or are on some sort of medication, endeavor to have it with you when fishing.
Don’t forget to pack a mosquito coil in the event you spend some time areas that attract mosquitoes. Have a pair of sunglasses to keep the sun away from your eyes when necessary. You can also pack some bug repellant, a camera, and a fishing license so you don’t end up in trouble with the law.
With all these items, you are set for an excellent weekend getaway fishing either alone, or with friends and family. Have fun!
The Pro Tips Fishing Trip Checklist, Dick’s Pro Tips
Essential packing list for a fishing trip, Matador Network