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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 an awesome fishing trip can be a story to repeat over an entire lifetime, a horrendous one can regrettably remain in your memory for as long. 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 things to consider when planning your next fishing adventure:

Finding the Perfect Spot

Choosing the right body of water is the most critical part. If you’re camping, there should be a nearby campground that will be accessible to everyone on the trip. Find an area with bathrooms, showers and other essentials if necessary. 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.

Choosing 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. Don’t go to a lake inhabited mostly by bass when you have bait for catfish. 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 a huge help, especially for newbies.

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. 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 board games or playing cards for extra fun at the campsite.

On the Water

Finally, you’ll likely need a boat, unless you plan to fish in a river or stream that gives you access to all parts of the water. This will not be a problem though as it will be easy to rent or even charter a whole trip.