Are you planning a fishing trip? Whether this is your first trip or something you do every year, packing can be a difficult process. Especially when traveling somewhere remote or far away, you want to make sure you don’t forget to bring any of the necessities. Read on for a list of essential supplies you’ll need to bring on your next fishing trip.
Each state has different regulations and license requirements. Make sure you research and get the proper license before you head on your trip. These can change from year to year, so even if you have gone fishing in this area before, you will want to check if there has been changes or if you’ll need to renew. You will want to have regulations available on hand while fishing so you are aware of what fish you can and cannot keep. The last thing you want is to ruin a fishing trip by not being aware of the local regulations.
Bait and Tackle
These can seem obvious, but you want to make sure you have poles, lines, lures, and bait packed, so you don’t have to worry about it when you get there. Make sure to research the area you are fishing in to get an idea of what fish are there and what bait will work the best. If you are traveling far away, you may want to look up what bait shops are in the area so you know where to stop on the way.
You want to come prepared with safety equipment for any possible situations that could arise. Always pack a well stocked first aid kit incase of any minor injuries. A necessary safety item you may not think of is a high quality LED flashlight. A flashlight can help you navigate and be aware of your surroundings when coming back from fishing late at night or leaving early in the morning. You will be glad you brought your brightest flashlight when trying to navigate to or from your fishing spot in the dark.
On fishing trips, you are often sitting out in the elements for long periods of time. That’s why you want to be aware of the weather forecast and pack accordingly. If there is a chance of rain, bring a water-proof jacket and pants that will be comfortable to wear all day. Always be sure to bring extra clothing with you in case your clothes get wet or dirty. The last thing you want is to run out of dry clothes and be stuck wearing wet clothing in cold or rainy weather.
You will be much better off if you realize you need something while you are still at home versus once you are already at your fishing spot. We hope this list can act as a basic guide to packing for your trip so you don’t leave anything behind. Coming as prepared as possible will allow you to have more time for fishing and lead to a very successful trip.