PREPARING FOR YOUR FIRST FISHING TRIP: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE

Say, you are about to go on the first fishing trip ever in your life. You know that good preparation is the key to a safe and exciting trip; however, you have no idea what you should do and what to bring alone.

Don’t worry; we have some useful tips to help you overcome this:

  1. Make sure you get your license and registration

Don’t forget that you need a license for fishing. These days, applying for your license online makes things very easy. Keep your license in a waterproof container or plastic bag where you can easily access when being asked.

  1. Dress properly for fishing and according to weather

Being under moderate sunshine is good for your skin but too much heat will result in sunburn, which can be really painful. Also, the weather will be cool and chilly at night on the water. So make sure you prepare for both the heat and coldness. In general, you will need the following items:

  • Hat and sunglasses: they help protect you from rain and sun
  • Pants: they protect you from insects
  • Extra pairs of socks or shoes and a change of clothes: who knows, you may get wet or drop your shoes in the water. And it’s nice to change into dry, clean clothes to get rid of sweat.
  • A raincoat or windbreaker: just in case it gets cold and rainy out of a sudden
  1. Bring necessary fishing gear and safety equipment
  • Here is the list of essential fishing equipment for any fishing trips: fishing rods, reels and hooks. Don’t forget the compact tackle box.
  • In addition, you can bring a fishing net or knife to get your fishes and prepare them on the spot.
  • A first-aid kit is essential, especially for people who are accident-prone. You may get cuts or bruises during your trip. Sunscreen and insect repellent can come in handy too.
  • If you intend to bring part of your victory home, a cooler will ice is a good idea.
  • Make sure your equipment is in good working order before you go.
  • One thing that isn’t related to equipment at all but please don’t laugh: toilet tissues are essential, just in case.
  1. Food and water

It is likely you can go home empty-handed so it is best that you don’t bank on fishes for your meals: it can happen to even the most experienced angler. Pack some food so that you have to come back with an empty stomach also.

It is important to keep your body hydrated with water. It is a necessity anywhere you go.

  1. Know your fish

Knowing about the type of fish you intend to catch is very important. It helps you choose the right bait and fishing hooks. When it comes to trout, for example, nothing beats nightcrawler for bait. The more you learn about habits of fishes, the higher the chance that you can catch them.

Hope you are not overwhelmed with the following information; you will start to get the hang of fishing very soon. Now pack up and embark on an exciting journey ahead.