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How to Plan a Great Fishing Trip

Going on a fishing trip is hands down the ultimate bonding experience. Whether you do it with the family or the gang, nothing gels you closer.

But while a fantastic fishing trip can be a story to be repeated forever, a terrible one can, unfortunately, be as unforgettable. 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 tips that can help you plan one of the best fishing adventures of your life:

Finding the Right Spot

Deciding on the right body of water is the most crucial part. 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.

Deciding on Target 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. 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 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. There are lots of articles online that you can read and learn about species and their matching baits.

Preparing 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. Make sure your food is locked up in something secure as you’re away from the campsite or catching your zzz’s. The last thing you want is bears and other wild animals surveying your exact spot. 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.