What To Bring When You Go Fishing

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When you go on a fishing trip, typically you are going to be out there for at least a few hours. If you don’t bring the right supplies with you, what can start out as a fun day can quickly go down hill. This is why it is so important to prepare everything that you are going to bring beforehand to make sure that you have it all. Below is a quick list of the things you may want to bring on a fishing trip to ensure that you have the best time possible.

1. Fishing Gear – This first one is obvious. You’ll want to have everything that you need to fish. This includes your rod, the reel, bait, and any spare parts you may have in case that something breaks. You can’t very well go fishing without these things, so be sure they are first on your list or you’ll find yourself sitting in a boat with nothing to do!

2. Food – If you are out there for a while, you are going to get hungry. Depending on how long you plan to be there, you may want to bring an entire meal or two. If you are just going for a little while, at least pack a couple of snacks to hold you over. You can’t eat the fish that you catch right away, so you will want to have some things there to hold you over.

3. Drinks – At the very least, you should bring some bottles of water with you. Some people like to have a couple of beers while they are fishing, but remember that alcohol dehydrates you. If you are going to be sitting in the sun all day drinking alcohol, you better bring some water along with you. The last thing you want is to get dehydrated sitting out in the middle of a boat with no clean water in sight.

4. Sun Protection – If you are out in a boat, you won’t have much protection from the sun unless you bring it with you. A hat is a great idea, along with some sunglasses. You will also want to bring some sunscreen so that you don’t get burnt. Coming home to a sunburn is a bad way to end what could have been a great day of fishing.

5. Bug Spray – Sitting out near water all day is sure to attract bugs. Instead of spending your time swatting them away, bring some good bug spray and don’t worry about them. Mosquitos are especially annoying, and finding a bunch of bites the next morning will not be pleasant. Apply bug spray every couple of hours to keep the pests away.

6. Entertainment – Lastly, unless you plan to just sit in the quiet boat all day, you may want to bring something to entertain yourself. Some people like to bring books, others will bring a radio or some other way to play music. You don’t have to spend the entire time staring at the water hoping for a bite. Listen to the baseball game or catch up on some reading while you wait for your line to start moving.

Fishing Tips for Beginners

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When you first get started fishing, it can be a little difficult to get the hang of it. If you go out and spend your entire first day without catching anything, it can become a little frustrating. If you don’t want this to happen to you, we have a few tips that may help you out. Give the tips below a try and hopefully your journey into fishing will go a little better.

1. Research – Before you even head out to whatever body of water you plan to fish at, make sure you do some research. You want to have a basic idea as to what you are doing before you get there. Some good places to start are books – either buy one or head to your local library – or there are plenty of websites online that can give you the basics (like this one!).

2. Get The Basics Down – Once you have some basic knowledge of what to do, you can begin to learn the basic skills needed to fish. These include baiting the line, casting the line, and knot tying. Practice these things before you head out, and your first trip will go much more smoothly.

3. Equipment – There are many different models of fishing equipment, and as a beginner you will want to get something that suits you. Look for reels that are geared towards beginners, and stay away from open faced fishing reels until you are more experienced.

4. Know Your Baits – If you are trying to catch a certain type of fish, you need to have the bait that they like. For example, some catfish will respond better to raw chicken, while bream fish prefer insects. What you use as bait will determine what you catch, so you don’t want to head out on the water without the right kind of bait.

5. Weather Reports – It may be bright and sunny when you wake up in the morning, but that doesn’t mean it is going to stay that way. Be sure to check the weather reports before you head out, to ensure that you won’t be caught in a storm.

6. Clothes – What you wear when fishing can go a long way towards making sure that you have a good time. Boots are a must, and you may want to wear some layers in case the weather changes. It is better to have too much clothing rather than too little, as you can always strip down if need be. A hat is also a good idea, to keep the sun out of your face and prevent sunburn on your scalp.

7. Supplies – Lastly, make sure you bring some good supplies when you go out fishing. Extra food and water is a good start, as you may be out there for a few hours. It is also a good idea to bring some bug spray and some suntan lotion. You may also want to bring any spare parts you have for your reel, just in case something breaks. The more prepared you are, the better time you will have if something goes wrong.