If you’re looking to bring home a big one, then these must-know tips to have a successful fishing trip will steer you in the right direction. At the very least, they will ensure you have a relaxing and peaceful outing.
Pack for the Occasion
Aside from your bait and your rod, you must bring a few more fishing essentials to have a fun outing.
- Clothing: You must dress for the occasion. If you plan to be out on the water for long (and we’re sure you will), pack quality clothing that is both comfortable and durable.
- Gear: As previously stated, a rod, some line, and bait are not going to get you through the day. These are the essentials, but you should also look into protective gear and safety equipment.
- Food: Whatever you catch, it will be a while before it hits the grill. Pack a hearty lunch and bring plenty of water to tide you over.
Find the Perfect Spot
There is nothing worse than going on a fishing trip and landing on a bad fishing spot. Be sure to investigate all the areas you consider before traveling to them.
Read up on any statistics that might be helpful to ensure you have a successful fishing trip. Some spots have more successful seasons than others, so make sure you are traveling at the right time.
Get a head start and arrive at your location early to stay late. Fish are more active in the early mornings and the late evenings. It’s best to plan for a full fishing day so you can snag that big one.
It would be a real shame if you arrived mid-afternoon, only to leave a few hours later with nothing to show for it. Yes, you had some time to relax, but you didn’t bring home the trophy.
Bring a Friend
Companionship is always welcome—a fishing partner who enjoys the hobby just as much as you can make for some friendly competition. Or, if you bring along a first-time fisher, it’ll give you a chance to brush up on your skills while you show them the ropes. Either option should make for a fun trip.
The best tip we can offer you is to relax and have fun. Taking a day with nature and enjoying the quiet always makes for a fun mini-vacation.
Wes White represents the collective — yet individual — voice of the Western Whitetail editorial staff.