Taking a fishing trip can be a great way to spend time in nature and with friends and family. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get a tasty meal out of the experience. But before you head out on your first fishing trip, there are several key things that you’ll need to have packed and ready to go.
1. A Fishing License
Before you are allowed to fish on public waters, you must have an up-to-date fishing license. Your state will have specific guidelines on how to get a fishing license. They are usually not too expensive or difficult to obtain.
2. Fishing Poles
Your most important piece of equipment when fishing is your fishing pole. Go to a quality sporting goods store to pick out a decent one.
3. A Boat if Necessary and Additional Fishing Tackle
Naturally, if you plan on fishing out in deep waters, you’ll need a boat and all of the accessories and tools that go along with being in a boat and operating one.
Even if you don’t bring a boat and instead choose to fish on a pier or on the shore, you’ll still need lots of additional fishing tackle. This will include things like fishing line, sinkers, bobbers, hooks, line clippers, a fishing net and more.
When the fish are hungry, they often crave live worms, minnows and other small fish. If you prefer to use real bait instead of lures, this will need to be obtained beforehand.
5. Safety Equipment
It is always important to stay safe while fishing, and this is especially true if you’re going to be in a boat. Make sure that you have enough gas in your boat and that everyone is wearing a life jacket. You should also have a first aid kit handy.
6. A Place to Put Your Catch
Hopefully, your fishing trip will be fruitful, and you’ll catch a few big ones for dinner! If you do catch fish, you have to be ready. Make sure that you have a large bucket or a cooler where you’ll be able to store your catch while you continue to fish.
7. Drinks, Snacks or a Meal
Finally, most fishing trips last several hours, and you and your crew are bound to get hungry during that time. For this reason, it’s a good idea to pack a few drinks and snacks.
If you enjoy your first fishing trip, you may be planning more down the road, and that’s great! As you continue to get better at fishing, you’ll also get a better idea of the supplies and tools that you’ll need to have ready. As a final note, make sure that you write down everything that you wish you had on your first trip so that your second trip and all subsequent trips are that much better.