With spring in a few months’ time, almost everyone will be planning a fishing trip or two with friends and family. Trips are a great way to spend some quality time with the people you love and cherish, but even this can go awry if you forget to take some of the most necessary fishing things with you. I understand that planning a trip can be a herculean task, so I have devised a list of the ten things you must take with you. This will help make the planning portion of the trip a little less problematic.
Fishing License and Regulations
Even before you pack your equipment and gear, your license should be first thing in your bag. The rules and regulations for fishing vary from one country to the other; hence it is very important that you are aware of them before you embark on your journey. Some countries, like Bolivia, have neither rules regarding fishing nor do they require any fishing license. Nonetheless, it is best to carry along one with you to avoid any unpleasant incidents, which may ruin your trip.
Water and Food
Water and food are essential for your survival. Small trips do not require you to carry along numerous bottles of water or bags filled with food; however, longer trips can prove to be a bit troublesome on this account. Therefore, make sure that you pack ample water and food that can suffice not only you, but those with you as well for at least two days.
Now, some readers might think that they could just buy them from wherever they are visiting, Well, that might be a sound idea if you are travelling within your own country. On the contrary, if you are going on a trip to some other country, the food or water might not suit your stomach. As a result you could become sick, so to prevent such a situation from taking place, I advise you take water and food along.
This is obviously a given, however, even the best of are prone to some mistakes. Remember, to pack all necessary fishing gear and equipment. In addition to this, be careful to pack your gear according to this fish you hope to catch. This is important because the fishing gear is specific to the type of game. For example, the equipment for freshwater fish is different from that used to catch saltwater fish.
The basic fishing gear includes a rod, reel, tackle box line, and bait. The bait can either be artificial or organic depending on your preference.
Even though I am not a fan of using plastic bags as they pollute the environment, I must say that carrying a waterproof bag on a fishing trip is crucial. It is perhaps one of the most necessary fishing things to take with you because our belongings are susceptible to get wet. Electronic devices like mobile phones and wallets can easily be damaged if exposed to copious amounts of water.
In addition to this, the bag can also be used to keep all your things in one place, which will prevent them from getting lost. Phones and wallets are tiny and can be misplaced; hence, the waterproof bag can be used to kill two birds with the same stone.
I am sure you do not want to spend the entire day trying to find the way to your campsite of fishing site. GPS and other electronic devices might not work so well when you are in the great wide open, so it is best to a bit old school, and take a paper map with you. If you are travelling with a guide, or going on a short trip then not having a map will not be much of a problem. But for longer trips take along a map. It will save a lot of time as you will not spend most of your day navigating to get to your destination.
Imagine catching the biggest fish of your life, but having nothing to document that precious moment. It is a little heartbreaking, no? Although, the advancement of technology has allowed phones to be equipped with cameras, carrying along a separate camera will not harm you. In fact, it will have the opposite effect because:
Firstly, using your phone’s camera will quickly drain its battery. This can be dangerous if you are in an unknown place, and have no way of contacting anyone. Secondly, you will have to carry a charging cable with you everywhere if you use your phone. The camera will eliminate the need to charge your phone after every two hours. Lastly, most phones do not have results as good as those of cameras. I mean, you want your pictures to be perfect, right?
Toothbrush because oral health is important, so pack your electric toothbrush
You are probably wondering why I have included a toothbrush in the list of the most necessary fishing things to take along. Well, it is because amidst all the commotion and chaos of getting ready for the trip, you are bound to forget something so simple as a toothbrush. But it isn’t trivial, is it? No. Oral health is very important because you do not want your pearly whites rotting. Therefore, make sure to pack your electric toothbrush at all costs. Remember to take an extra pair of batteries as well in case you need them.
It is crucial that you dress according to the weather of your fishing trip destination. It is suggested that you plan your trip according to all possible weather conditions, especially rainfall. This is because you do not want to look out of place or feel uncomfortable in any way if the weather changes drastically. Apart from this, please take a look at the following list of clothes that we recommend taking along:
- Quality Rain Gear
- Waterproof footwear
- Comfortable tennis shoes
A backpack is another one of the most necessary thing to have on a fishing trip. The backpack should be such that it has a lot of pockets, which increase the storing capacity of it. The pockets can be used to carry water bottles, snack items, and other miscellaneous items like cameras. In addition to this, the backpack is also a convenient way of organizing and safekeeping all of your precious belongings. However, please ensure that you take only things you need, so that the bag is not heavy or uncomfortable for you to carry. After all, we want you to have fun.
When I was a kid, I used to get sick on almost all trips I took. Although, the vomiting has lessened, bouts of fever are still something that I have to suffer through. So I advise all of you to take along basic medicines, in case someone feels a little under the weather. Make a little box and put all medications and first aid kits in that box. However, please remember to consult a physician before taking any medicine with you.
This ends our list of ten of the most necessary fishing things. I hope that it will reduce the hassle of planning trip, so that you enjoy every part of your journey.