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How to Plan a Great Fishing Trip

Going on a fishing trip is hands down the ultimate bonding experience. Whether as a pre-bachelor party activity or a random weekend trip, there’s nothing that brings friends and family closer.

And though a marvelous fishing trip can be a story you’ll love to tell for a lifetime, an awful one can, sad to say, be equally memorable. After all, with the unpredictability of the great outdoors, there is just so much to plan to make sure you enjoy and remain safe.

Here are tips that can help you plan one of the best fishing adventures of your life:

Finding the Perfect Spot

The most vital part is undeniably finding the right body of water. If you’re camping, there has to be a campground close by and accessible to every person in the group. Find an area with bathrooms, showers and other essentials if necessary. Most great fishing spots are quite far off the beaten path, so it has to be accessible to your vehicle and everything you’re towing behind it.

Choosing the Right Species

Now don’t dream of getting any catch in a trout stream if you have topwater frogs that are too large for nine-inch rainbow trouts. Forget that bass-inhabited lake if all you have is catfish bait. Take time to read fishing reports to know what gets caught at your chosen location, then go over some fishing tips and tricks for the particular species you are targeting. These pieces of information can be a huge help, especially for newbies.

Preparing Your Gear

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, a good reel, and some baits that suit your target species. There are lots of articles online that you can read and learn about species and their matching baits.

Preparing Camp

A good campsite – one with tables, a tent and plenty of space – is important to having an overall successful and enjoyable fishing trip. To keep your food secure while you’re away from the campsite or catching some zzz’s, make sure they are locked up in a tight container. You don’t want any wild animals (imagine bears) snooping around your area. Also bring along some board games or playing cards for extra fun at the campsite.

Hitting the Water

Finally, unless the area lets you access the stream or river from all sides, a boat will likely be necessary. This shouldn’t be an issue however as renting or even chartering one for a full trip is always an option.