How To Plan Your Next Family Fishing Adventure – Step By Step Guide
Fishing since ancient times has been a good source of income for many and has provided food for the countless human beings to help sustained life on land.
However, in recent times, fishing has become a recreational activity in which people are taking a penchant for.
Not only is fishing fun but also adventurous. This form of recreational activity can provide an adrenaline rush which is unlike any other.
In general, fishing may seem easy, all you have to do is catch a fish with a fishing rod, right? Sorry to pop the bubble but no, it isn't as easy as it sounds.
My Mega Guide on How to Plan a Fishing Adventure
Before you plan on going on a fishing trip, there are countless things that you will have to keep in mind before you head out.
Don't let my words overwhelm you because I will try my best to narrow down the things which are a must have before you go on a fishing trip.
I will be discussing all the details below in the article.
Get Necessary Gear
Gears are the most important things that you should think about before you head out to a fishing adventure.
This is due to the fact that if you are not prepared, you won't be able to get the desired fish that you have planned on getting.
There are probably hundreds of gears available in the market for fishing, but it's unlikely you will need them all.
Some gears are designed for specialized fishing, but you won't be needing them now.
I will be stating a list of essential equipment which are a must-have when you are going to head out for a recreational fishing adventure.
1. Rod and Reel
Just like any other sport or hobby, you will be selecting from a wide variety of equipment available in the shop. These can be quite cheap and extremely expensive depending on your choice.
When you enter a shop, which sells fishing equipment you will see rods and reels which are said to be specially built for catching a particular type of fish.
My advice would be to avoid buying them. As you are a beginner, buying such Rod and Reel can be frustrating to use and expensive too.
Getting a Rod and Reel combination which can handle both bait fishing and lure fishing will be the key here.
As you are not sure what kind of fishing you are going to be doing once you start, therefore it is best to select one which is good enough in both types of fishing.
If I have to be more specific, then I would suggest you buying an "Ugly Stik GX2”. Funny name, right? Do not mistake it for its name though.
“Ugly Stik GX2” is a very capable rod which is very reasonably priced and provides you with durability which will last you multiple seasons.
“Ugly Stik GX2” is a medium action rod rated for 8lb to 20lb line. This allows you to catch multiple kinds of common species of fish found in many lakes and rivers.
Now let's talk about the reel that you are going to use. The reel is as important as the rod as this too will be going through a lot of stress as you will be pulling a fish out of the water.
There are three kinds of reel which are available in the market. Those kinds are “Close faced” or “Spincast Reels”, “Baitcasting Reels”," and "Open-Faced" or “Spinning Reel.”
Beginners are suggested to get “Closed face” reels as “Baitcasting" reels, and “Open-faced” reels are considered to be way too advanced for beginners.
This is another most important thing. A strong line will increase your chances of reeling in a fish. If the line is weak, then the force at which the fish will be pulling will snap the line.
As fishing has gained such popularity, manufacturers have started to produce lines available in almost all kinds of materials and diameters.
If two lines are made from the same material, one has a larger diameter, and the other has a smaller diameter, the one with the larger diameter will be stronger.
Braided lines can be found available in the market and are known for being strong and thin, whereas fluorocarbon lines are known for being invisible underwater, with stretching capabilities and being abrasion resistant.
"Berkley Trilene XL" which is a monofilament 10lbs line, is a great line to begin with. This is known to be a great line used by beginners.
3. Tackle Box
Like any other toolbox, this will also change depending on the kind of personality you have and what type of fish you are planning to catch.
But there are some necessary items which must be present inside the tackle box. These items which I am about to discuss have been suggested by experts who are masters of the game.
The following tools are:
4. Live Baits
The reason I didn't mention to take it in the tackle box is that the baits are going to be alive and you will need to carry them in a bucket or something with water if you are using fish.
IF you are planning to use live fish as bait, the best advice would be to get "Nightcrawlers” or “Shiners." These fish are excellent as baits.
Nightcrawlers are mainly used to attract panfish although every freshwater fish will eventually take the bait. Thread a whole nightcrawler in the casting line and wait for the line to sink to the bottom to attract catfish and use a bobber on the casting line to draw other fishes.
Shiners are mostly used to catch predator fishes like bass; bass cannot resist shiners for some odd reason. Take a whole shiner to tie it onto the casting line and wait for the bass to bite in.
5. Sonar Device
Ok! Now, this is a critical tool to have. Sonar can help locate fish in the area and give you an exact location where the fishes are.
If you go fishing without a sonar device 4 out of 10 times, you will be sitting with your bait or lure in the water without a single fish biting it. The reason is simple; the fish are just not there.
The advice here is to get a sonar which can sense deep in the water surface as with that amount of information at your disposal. Thus you will be able to catch more fishes.
6. A Bag
Now all you need is a proper waterproof bag to be perfectly geared up for the fishing adventure you are planning to go on.
Know Your Fish
Even though you are fully geared up, you won't be able to catch the desired fish if you have zero knowledge about the fish that you are planning to reel in.
Researching the fish you are planning to catch is as important as preparing for the gear that you are going to take.
Down below is a list of some of some of the most popular fishes that you are sure to encounter.
Final Preparations Not To Forget
Now that you have known about the necessary gear and the basic information of some of the most popular fishes let me give you some tips before you head out to your fishing vacation.
Research on The Area
Doing a little research on the area that you are planning to visit is always good for everyone. There are loads of websites and forums which will tell you everything you will need to know about the place.
On top of that, these websites and forums will display all the baits you can use to fish your desired fish and how those baits can be used too.
An idea of the fishes available in the nearby waterbodies should also be shown on those websites.
So, before you head out, learn as much as you can about the place that you are going to.
Chose a Guided Trip
Usually, guided tours are better if not the best for beginners. Fishing alone is also an option but should only be selected by those who have been to the particular place a number of times and knows everything about the place.
Guides have knowledge on how to make their clients day productive. They will guide you to places where you can find your desired fish.
Even if you don't have a particular choice, no worries, they will take you places where you can catch multiple kinds of fishes.
If you prefer to go on a solo adventure, the advice here would be to take a guided tour once or twice and get to know the place and all other details.
Once you have familiarized yourself, head out on your own. Getting good catches on a solo fishing trip is one of the most satisfying things. Be good at what you are heading out for, and you will get this feeling sooner or later in life.
Choosing a Guide
Do not select the first person that comes in front of you offering his services as a guide. Take some time talking to your resident manager and local bait shops.
Names of popular guides will start to pop up. After you have 4-5 names, do some digging on their records and their experience being a guide.
Once you start doing that you will begin to realize that each guide has something that they specialize in.
Chose the once whose specialties fit your desired motives on coming to fish in the first place.
No matter what that guide specializes in you must make sure that the guide you are choosing is a good captain as he will be responsible for moving you around on the water.
Follow The Fishing Regulations
Fishing regulations are something that you should always be sure about before you start fishing in a particular area.
This is because every area which will allow you to fish will have some sort of regulations that they will be using to make sure the lakes are not overfished.
These fishing regulations are maintained seriously by the authority and breaking these regulations might get you in deep trouble.
The fishing regulation should also be followed due to ethical reason. There are endangered species which are going extinct due to overfishing and it is our duty to make sure the endangered spices of fish get to thrive again.
Just like any other sport or recreational activity, these set of rules draws a line for people. Crossing the border will never be taken lightly.
"Having a Fishing license," this is the one rule that is followed by most places. This license helps maintain the number of people able to fish in those areas.
Your guide will inform you about all the rules and regulations but still just to be on the safe side do some digging on your own.
The only thing left unsaid is "Best of Luck." Fishing is a great way to get some alone time with nature and to get relaxed from the hectic life that we all live.