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How to Plan a Great Fishing Trip

A fishing trip is without a doubt the ultimate bonding experience for all. Whether it’s a family vacation, a pre-bachelor party activity or a casual weekend escapade, nothing brings family members or friends as close.

But while a fantastic fishing trip can be a story to be repeated forever, a terrible one can, unfortunately, be as unforgettable. After all, with the unpredictability of the great outdoors, there is just so much to plan to make sure you enjoy and remain safe.

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

Finding the Perfect 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. Most great fishing spots are quite far off the beaten path, so it has to be accessible to your vehicle and everything you’re towing behind it.

Choosing the Right Species

Now don’t think you will enjoy fishing in a trout stream with tons of topwater frogs that are too large for any nine-inch rainbow trout to bite. Forget that bass-inhabited lake if all you have is catfish bait. Look at fishing reports to know what species are caught at your destination, then brush up on fishing tips and tricks that are appropriate for those specific species. These pieces of information can be quite indispensable, particularly for rookies.

Gearing Up

As soon as you know what species to target and how to target it, it’s time to get the right gear. Get the right rod, a good reel, and some baits that suit your target species. You will find lots of articles online that let you learn about different species and the best baits you can use.

Setting Up Camp

Having a good campsite complete with a tent, tables and generous space, plays a big role in achieving an overall convenient and successful fishing experience. To keep your food secure while you’re away from the campsite or catching some zzz’s, make sure they are locked up in a tight container. You don’t want any wild animals (imagine bears) snooping around your area. Also bring along some things to have fun with, like cards or board games.

On 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.