Planning a successful fishing outing

Ah, fishing. The greatest pastime there ever was, ever is, and ever will be. Generations of dads have taken their sons out on fishign trips and taught them about the great outdoors, and generations more will continue to do so.

Why not, after all, fishing is relaxing, fun, and brings you good food! What’s not to like?

If you’re the kind of person who is an adrenaline junkie, then sportfishing can be your thing – go out and try to reel in a 200 pound monster tuna, right!

To plan a successful fishing outing you’re going to need a few things and do a little bit of research beforehand:

Weather

This is critical and perhaps the most critical – a fishing trip can turn sour very quickly if you run into some bad weather, and instead of being a fun family outing you all may be rushing to get home and trying to run the clock down!

So before you go out fishing, make sure to check the weather forecast for your planned location and see if it is not going to be too windy, rainy, or any other adverse weather condition.

When the weather is not right, the fish are not going to come up and bite, either! Make sure you know what kind of weather your target fish prefer and try to coincide your fishing trip with that kind of weather.

Tackle box

Before you leave the house, make sure your tackle box is well-stocked. If you have everything you need in your tackle box, you’ll be prepared for every situation – whether it’s a broken fishing line, a bent hook, or an unruly fish that needs just the right kind of bait.

Tackle boxes come in many shapes and sizes and most seasoned fishermen have tackle boxes that have accumulated years and years of goodies and tidbits that make them prepared for literally any situation the water and the fish mafia can throw at them.

The best tackle boxes in my opinion are the telescoping ones that open up into multiple layers so they spread out and actually have a lot more space than normal.

Equipment

At last, fishing rods! Make sure you have at least two rods with you so if something happens to one rod you’re prepared with another one. Often times you’ll have driven out for a few hours to a good spot, and perhaps even gotten in a boat and gone out even further only to break your fishing rod or have it go bad within the first few minutes.

That would be terrible luck and a huge waste of your time, so it’s best to be prepared with spares and have backups for everything – especially your rod.

That said, fishing rods also come in many shapes and sizes depending on the kind of fish you plan to catch and the location you’re going to catch them in.

Ordinary Wal-mart fishing rods may do the trick for small fish in your local lake, but if you’re looking to catch bigger, stronger fish, you’re going to need a bigger rod.

For sportfishing, there are specialty rods that are designed to withstand the insane amount of energy exerted by large and powerful fish like tuna and sharks.

Make sure you don’t end up taking the proverbial knife to a gunfight – and that you’re well prepared for the fish you wish to face down!

Along with a fishing rod, you will want to make sure you have the right fishing line, as well as some fishing pliers, scissors, a knife, and a first-aid kit on hand.

Lunchbox and snacks

If you’re going to be by the water for a few hours, you need to have some snacks, drinks, and maybe even lunch properly packed.

While you’re fishing, there will be a lot of downtime where you are waiting for the fish to bite – why not use that time to have a bite yourself?

You don’t want to gorge on unhealthy stuff, though, so try and stick to good, wholesome snacks like nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and trail mixes.

For drinks, the best drink of course is water! But you can certainly take along some fresh juice, coffee, or tea, if you have a thermos.

Good company

Last but not least, fishing needs good company – even if you’re just sitting in silence and enjoying each others company.

Take an old buddy or a family member out fishing with you. It’s a great opportunity to bond and have fun reminiscing about old times and making great new memories.