Going fishing is one of the most relaxing and rewarding ways to spend your free time. Even if you don’t catch anything, you’re able to enjoy being out in nature with peace and quiet. When you do catch something you get the thrill of the catch and the satisfaction of cooking your prey.
To make sure that you get the most out of your fishing trip it takes some preparation. You’ll need to do a few things ahead of time to make sure you are able to enjoy it fully. In this article, we will go over what it takes to plan the ideal fishing trip.
1. Know What You’re Fishing For
You may be on the hunt for striped bass, only to find out that they’ve already migrated when you get to your spot. Fishing is very seasonal and the fish you want to target has to be there.
Or, you could research the area and the season and figure out what there is to catch while you’re there.
Knowing what your options are will greatly increase the chances that you catch something, but will also dictate what you bring with you. The saltwater fishing gear you need will differ depending on if you are going to fish for striped bass, or if you are looking for mackerel.
Do some deep research about what the species is in the area and what type of gear and strategies you will need to be successful.
2. Know Your Area
The location of where you plan to be is also going to play a big part in your trip. For instance, the tides are one of the most important factors in the hunt. Certain fish will only be available during certain tides. How the tides work in the area where you plan to go is very important to understand.
Also, if there is open sea and it is very windy then this will affect your catch rate. Look to see if there are any secluded bays out of the wind if this is the case and you can have better success. It all comes down to understanding the terrain.
3. Know Your Licence
Just about anywhere you go and in just about every country you are traveling to, you’ll be required to have a license if you plan to fish in freshwater.
It may be as simple as going to a tackle shop and paying a small fee for the licence. Or, it could mean having to take a class so you learn what the local regulations are for catching the fish.
Some jurisdictions want to make sure you understand the size limits and seasons for fishing to protect their natural resources.
There are even some places where saltwater fishing requires a license so check the area before you set out. Fines for fishing without a license can be quite hefty.