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Planning for Your Fishing Trip

It’s fact: a fishing trip is the ultimate bonding experience for everyone to cherish. Whether it’s a family vacation, a pre-bachelor party activity or a casual weekend escapade, nothing brings family members or friends as close.

And though a marvelous fishing trip can be a story you’ll love to tell for a lifetime, an awful one can, sad to say, be equally memorable. After all, considering the erratic behavior of the great outdoors, there is a lot you need to plan for to make sure you have fun and stay safe.

Here are steps to take as you plan for your next fishing adventure:

Finding that Sweet Spot

The most vital part is undeniably finding the right body of water. If you’re camping, there has to be a campground close by and accessible to every person in the group. If needed, find a place where showers, bathrooms and other essentials are available. Great fishing spots are typically located rather far off the beaten path, so be sure you won’t run into problems getting there in your vehicle and all else towed behind it.

Deciding on Target Species

Now don’t dream of getting any catch in a trout stream if you have topwater frogs that are too large for nine-inch rainbow trouts. Forget that bass-inhabited lake if all you have is catfish bait. Spend time going over fishing reports so you know what you can catch at your chosen destination, and then check out some fishing tips and tricks for the specific species you’re aiming for. These pieces of information can be very helpful, especially to first-timers.

Gearing Up

Once you have decided on certain species to target and how to do it, start equipping yourself with the proper gear. Get the right rod and reel, then stock up on baits that are most effective for the species you’re targeting. You will find lots of articles online that let you learn about different species and the best baits you can use.

Preparing Camp

Setting up a good campsite with tables, a tent and lots of space is an important part of an overall successful fishing. Your food should be locked up in a tight container so they remain secure even when you’re asleep or away from the campsite. You don’t want any wild animals – think bears – surveying your site, do you? Also bring along some things to have fun with, like cards or board games.

Hitting the Water

Finally, unless the area lets you access the stream or river from all sides, a boat will likely be necessary. This shouldn’t be an issue however as renting or even chartering one for a full trip is always an option.