When spring is near, it’s time to plan for a fishing trip. It is a perfect time for anyone who loves fishing—and of course, you want your fishing trip to be perfect and free from loose ends. Decide first if you want to go on your fishing trips with a group, or if you want to go fishing by yourself. If you decide to go in a group consider some questions like, “Does anyone in the group have motion sickness?” or “Is there someone who has not had any experience in fishing?” Maps are necessary for you to get familiar with the size and shape of the body of water to get an idea of the species of fish that thrive in those waters. You may ask these questions and many others from the lodge owners or fishing authorities in the area where you will go fishing. Here are some tips to assist you.
- Determine the cost. This will help you to stick to your budget. Know the packages available, how much per person, and the room rates.
- Find out if there is a convenience store there. Sometimes it can be frustrating if you forget small things like a towel or soap. That is why it is important that there is a store around.
- Ask how they help support fishermen, and if they have guide maps so that they can point out the good areas to fish.
- Check out the boats. Check if there are navigation lights. If there are none, you can always bring portable ones.
- Also ask the owner the best month of the year to fish in your locality of choice.
- Ask the owner for the nearest hospital around, so that you are ready in case of emergency.
- Ask about other charges that might occur, to avoid billing surprises at the end of the trip.
Always bring some extras like towels, linen, blankets or even a sleeping bag to ensure your comfort throughout the trip. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent and sunscreen. Bring a fishing guidebook. It is beneficial to you and the group as well. Also bring a fishing log to take note of the different kinds of fishes that are caught. Try to decide if you want to keep the fish, or will be throwing the fish back.
A visit to the body of water before the actual trip is beneficial. Take note of the color of the water, temperature, and vegetation. Flying in to the lake to view and enjoy great scenery is a wonderful experience.
Study the rules and regulations of the area, especially if you are going to another state or country. Be ready with the necessary documents, like travel insurance, fishing licenses, passports, boat and vehicle registration, depending if you are going to cross the border.