Millions of people go fishing in the United States each calendar year. Those millions of people already know that there are not too many things on earth more fun (or relaxing) than a well-planned fishing trip.
With that in mind, if you’ve never been fishing, planning a fishing trip can be overwhelming.
Below we’ve broken down 7 things that you need to keep in mind when planning your first fishing trip. We’ve also given you a few things to be sure to bring along with you, too, so you can make sure you’re prepared.
So, keep on reading if you want to learn all about how to plan a fishing trip that everyone will enjoy today.
1. Pick the Right Spot to Fish
Any experienced fisherman will tell you that, when it comes to having a positive fishing experience, it’s all about picking the right spots to fish. Unfortunately, unless you’re familiar with the area that you’re going to be fishing in, doing this is often easier said than done.
Our advice? Take a look at where everyone else is fishing. Don’t crowd them, or intrude in their space, but set up shop nearby so you can get in on the action.
At worst, move to a new space after an hour or so, assuming you haven’t gotten any bites up that point. Continue that trend until you find a spot that brings you some more luck.
2. Have the Right Gear Beforehand
Another key element to having a positive time while fishing has to do with bringing along with you the right gear. Depending on what kind of fish you’re fishing for, some gear may work better than others.
A pro tip? Research what you need to catch the specific type of fish that you’re going to be going after. Ask around the area to find out what kind of fish is in the water that you’re fishing in, just to make sure that you set yourself up for success.
Also, only bring with your the bare minimum gear-wise. Don’t feel obligated to invest in hundreds of dollars worth of gear – you can catch fish without all of that stuff, especially as a beginner.
3. Be Careful When You’re on the Water
Of course, anytime that you’re going to be in or near water, practicing safety is always important. This is especially true if you plan on getting in the water or using a boat to get to whatever spot you want to fish in.
If you do plan on going in the water, we recommend that you don’t fish alone. That way, should something happen, you’ll have someone there with you to help keep you safe and protected.
4. Have an Experience Fisherman on Board
To piggyback off of that last point, it’s always a good idea to go fishing with at least one experienced fisherman on board. This is especially true if nobody in your party has ever been fishing before, and thus, nobody can take the lead early on.
If you’re really new to fishing, investing in a fishing charter boat for your trip is very much worth it. That way you can not only be safe, but you can learn how to fish properly faster, helping you have more fun sooner.
5. Bring Plenty of Drinks and Snacks
Even if you’re new to fishing trips, if you know one thing about them, it’s that drinks and snacks are extremely important. With that in mind, it’s worth breaking down in detail that beverages and food can really make or break your fishing trip.
If you’re doing an all-day fishing trip, having a cooler loaded up with drinks and snacks is a must. Make sure to carry something with some substance, too, like a sandwich, so you don’t get hungry during your trip.
And while beers and sodas are ideal, having tons of water is also a good idea. That way you can make sure that everyone on your trip stays healthy and hydrated.
6. Be Patient
We’ll be honest. Unless you’re quite lucky, the odds of you catching a fish within the first 15 minutes of your trip are quite low. Because of this, it can be easy for newer fisherman, and even younger fisherman, to get frustrated fast.
With that in mind, it can’t be overstated how important having patience is when fishing. Don’t put any pressure on yourself to catch fish – focus on having fun with the people you’re with, and enjoying the outdoors, and let catching fish be a bonus.
7. Have Fun
With that last point in mind, it’s worth breaking down in detail how important it is to have fun when you’re fishing. While there’s no science to back this theory up, there’s something about having fun with your friends and family on a fishing trip that attracts more fish.
It also helps make sure that everyone else in your party has a good time, too. And as long as everyone is having fun spending time with one another, nobody will care at the end of the day about how many fish were caught.
Need More Help Planning a Fishing Trip?
Remember, when you’re planning a fishing trip, you need to know what kind of fish you’re planning on fishing for beforehand. Once you have that information, you simply need to keep these tips and tricks in mind and you should be good to go!
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