7 Helpful Tips for a Successful Fishing Trip

Fishing is one of the most relaxing hobbies and the perfect counter to a stressful lifestyle. It’s attractive to everyone – male and female, young or old, individuals and families. 

But there’s a lot to think about ahead of time. Knowing what equipment to bring or where to go and when to be there can be overwhelming.

Planning the perfect fishing trip doesn’t have to be stressful. Whether you’re looking at planning big deep-sea fishing trips or simpler family fishing trips, take a minute to review these tips and make your next trip the most successful one yet!

1. Research Your Location

Before going on any fishing trip, you should research the location. Have some idea what to expect so you can plan accordingly.

What type of fish are there? This makes a difference as to what gear you need, particularly the lure and tackle. 

It can also affect what time you want to go out each day and where the best spots are. Bigger fish are more active at dusk or dawn.

What will the weather be like there? Rain, wind, and temperature have an effect both on the fish and your own personal comfort.

It’s also important to know what the water is going to be like. Is it warm or cold? Will it be high or low? You can check the USGS ahead of time. Or talk to the folks at the local fly shop. They’re often the best source of information about river or lake conditions in a particular area.

2. Find An Experienced Guide

If you are new to fishing or new to an area, seek out someone with more experience than you. Guided fishing trips might be the perfect option for you. They can offer advice on the best spots to visit and the proper gear to have with you.

Look for a friend who has experience with the type of fishing you want to do or who has already been to the area. You can also hire a guide or just talk to the locals. Just like hunting, the more you know ahead of time, the more productive your fishing trip will be. 

3. Know the Regulations for an Area

Know the rules for the area and follow them accordingly. Make sure you have the proper fishing license for the area and type of fishing you want to do.

Each locale has its own regulations regarding catch and size limits, seasons, and types of bait. Some areas may also have catch-and-release laws or barbless hook laws.

You can research state government sites to find their information. Or check with a local guide if you still have questions.

4. Have the Proper Gear for Your Fishing Trip

You want to have the right gear when you go fishing. Everything from the rod and reels, the lines and tackle, to the clothing and accessories will all impact your experience.

If you’re going on a long trip, consider having multiple rods. A backup could save your trip if something happens to the first. If you are going to be fishing for different types of fish or in different bodies of water, have the right equipment for each.

Bring a fishing net and keep it handy. Fish are both jittery and extremely slick when they come out of the water. Having a strong net will help you bring them securely into the boat.

5. Additional Items to Bring Along

A first aid kit is useful to take care of any small injuries that happen while you’re fishing. Sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen will keep your skin protected. The water intensifies the effect of the sun’s rays, so even on cool days make sure you have them with you.

Don’t forget your camera! Bring a camera along to document your experience and hold onto your memories. Plus, if you catch that big one, you have the evidence to prove it even if you elect to throw it back into the water.

6. Review Your Checklist 

Review all of your gear before you leave. Check to make sure you have everything and that it’s in working condition. Better to know ahead of time if you need to get more lines or fix your reel.

Take the time to remove any items you don’t need. No sense in bring along extra weight. Plus there’s less chance of damaging or losing items.

Pack everything ahead of time so you don’t have to rush the morning of. Make sure you have your license and any necessary permits in a safe location where they'll stay dry.

7. Know Your Itinerary

Make sure you know where you are going and where you can safely park your car when you get to the area. Especially for early morning trips, it makes things easier when you might be driving and arriving in the dark. 

Bring along enough food and water for your day. Or research ahead of time to know where you can stop along the way for refreshments. 

Enjoy and Relax

Fishing is a favorite pastime for many people. Being on the water, watching the sunrise (or, set) can be one of the most peaceful experiences a person can have.

You don’t need fancy or expensive equipment for your fishing trip. Just invest in a little bit of preparation and you’ll find yourself hauling in a record catch in no time!

Contact us to learn more fishing advice and tips.  

1 comment

  • My husband and I are hoping to take our older kids on a fishing trip with us next summer. I appreciated what you said about getting the proper fishing license before trying anything on the water. I’ll make sure that all of our licenses are in line before then! https://liljoeguide.com/the-trip/

    Eve Mitchell

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