Posted: 21 Mar 2012 03:00 AM PDT
Guest Post from Maire
A fishing trip is a great way to get outside where you can enjoy nature and even catch yourself some delicious fish. A fishing trip is even better when you have friends and family alongside you.
Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or a beginner, having a checklist as you pack will ensure you bring everything you’ll need for your trip.
Start with your fishing license and double-check you have it before you leave. In addition, you’ll need your rods, reels, fishing line, tackle, hooks, sinkers and any other special equipment for the type of fish you’re looking to catch.
2. Outdoor Gear
Waterproof clothing is a must-have if you expect rain. Sunscreen will protect your skin from damage on a bright day and a canopy tent can make a comfortable shaded spot to sit and relax on your trip.
3. Safety Equipment
You’ll need a first aid kit, flashlight, whistle, maps of the area and a compass. It’s also useful to have a GPS unit, emergency phone and flares.
4. Fishing Accessories
Pack a knife for fileting your fish, a bucket or two to hold them all and a vest or box for keeping all of your stuff organized. Many people also like to have a camera to capture their catches.
5. Food And Personal Items
If you’ll be out for more than a few hours, you definitely need to bring food and beverages along. For a longer trip, you’ll also need a cooking stove. In addition, pack clothing, toiletries and bedding for an overnight trip.
6. Boating Gear
When you’re fishing on a boat, you’ll need life jackets and basic boating equipment. It’s always helpful to test a boat before a long trip, ensuring that its lights, motor and pumps are all operational.
Maybe it's time for a new Humminbird Fishfinder
After gathering everything on your checklist, have a friend read over the list one last time before you go. You may have checked off an item that didn’t actually make it into one of your bags, which is no way to start your fishing trip.
Maire loves fishing for blue gill with her father, hiking and going to the dog park with Scottish Terrier, Pete.
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