Fishing trips can be a great adventure that can create life long memories. With some preparation and research, you will ensure that the memories you make are good ones. Before you trek off aimlessly in search of water, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Who will be going on the trip with you and are their needs different from yours?
For instance, will you be bringing your 7 year old daughter with you who has to pee every three hours or will you be bringing your cousin who always brings his retriever with? Either way, special accommodation may need to be made. By keeping these in mind as you make your plans you will have a better idea what options you need to eliminate. Pay attention to the physical abilities of those you are going on the trip with, so your choice of location is not too taxing on them. I would be willing to plan a fishing trip that involved camping with my buddies, but it would be out of the question if I was taking my grandpa.
How much do you want to spend?
Some of the best fishing trips I have been on have cost less than $50 for a week, including gas. It was a great week filled with fishing poles, tents, campfires and hotdogs. At the same time, I have been on a few that were $1,000 plus. Remember that charters are not cheap, but you may learn some invaluable information that will make you a better angler for the rest of your life. You need to establish a budget before you go and make sure that works for those you are going with, as well.
Have you recently checked the local fishing reports?
The lake you are planning on going to my have been a prime fishing spot eight years ago, but lakes have a way of changing over time, as does the surrounding area. Check some of the recent fishing reports to see if the lake is still as good as you remember or to make sure your new destination is still active. The DNR also keeps track of any of the lake closings in the area and often if the lake was recently chemically treated, which can greatly affect fishing. I have learned this lesson from experience. Last year, I went on a trip to a small chain of lakes I go to about five times a year. My lake and all of the surrounding lakes were flooded; the DNR had closed down the lake until water levels dropped.
Are you prepared for rain?
If you have my luck, and it seems to be common amongst fisherman, it is bound to rain on your perfectly planned fishing trip. Pack some extra rain gear so fishing is still comfortable and dry. Many times fish bight the best right when it starts to rain, so you are not going to want to miss out on prime fishing time. Also, take a few extra steps to make sure your stuff stays dry if you are camping. You don’t want to come back to a soggy sleeping bag. Trust me on that one, just trust me.
With a little bit of preparation, you fishing trip can be a relaxing experience. All you need to do now is go out and catch some fish!
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Author: Brian Ward
May 16, 2013