Are you going on a fishing trip this weekend? As an angler myself, weekends are my most favorable time to devote in the water and chase the game fish.
One of the best things I do that makes my fishing trip extra rewarding and successful is to scrutinize the list of the tips I must know to have an awesome fishing trip.
Today, I’ll share to you the list of my top tips.
Plan for a Perfect Time
Fishing activity depends significantly on the water temperature. The fish are inactive upon dip temperature and may dive deep in the water during hot climate. Then they are very active when there are plenty of bugs since they eat bugs.
What I am saying is that fishing depends greatly on the type of seasons. Thus, it’s essential to be aware of the ideal climate to go for a fishing trip. Note of the season that the type of fish that you plan to catch is most active in.
Let’s say that you want to do ice fishing. At this point, make sure that that you’ll go when there is no indication that comparatively, warm weather will be visible.
Never let anything come on your way. Be aware and careful by planning a perfect time!
Experience Fishing at its Best
My experience in an awesome fishing trip involves hiking. In fact, much of them are the best. Fishing is a great sports activity that gets doubled when I involve hiking. It’s gratifying on my part. Its benefits go beyond the vistas and the seas. I hear Whistler fishing guides can provide even more information if you’re interested.
Of course, you don’t have to carry too much stuff. Remember that an ounce is equal to pound and a pound is equal to body pain. I’m sure you want to have a manageable load and an excellent sleep.
Since I want to fish hard and rest comfortably, I bring some Baitcasting reels to improve my catch and a good hammock underquilt for my comfort in winter.
As a whole, the benefits of both fishing and hiking to me go beyond an aerobic exercise. It reduces the risks of diseases and gives an excellent feeling to live a happier life.
Think of your Perfect Fish
What is the perfect fish for you? One, two, or three of you may have similar or different answers. Exactly! The type of fish that you want to catch varies greatly, and this determines the “perfect fish” that you want to go for.
While some fishers prefer trout, others may want the bass. Since these types of fish are found in two different bodies of water- the trout in the cold while the bass in warm water, you may become disappointed if you’ll not consider the kind of fishes you want to catch before picking your fishing location.
Check the Weather for Safety
A fishing trip is not worth if it’s worth risking your life. It’s vital that you check the status of the weather over time. Looking at a small area in a limited time span may make you blind of the hazards nearby.
I highly recommend checking the weather updates during the following situations to be assured that your trip will go smoothly.
- Days in advance – Before the fishing trip, consult the extended weather forecast. This way, you’ll know when and where it is best to go fishing.
- The night before –Checking for weather updates a night before your trip is one of the critical consideration if you’re going out to fish in the following day. This will give you ample information to decide to go or postpone your trip.
- On the Day – During the day, observe the weather. Check for warnings, check the forecast for storms, and view current conditions. In the fishing sport, watch the winds and the waves.
Complete the Equipment
Do not overthink this aspect of your fishing trip. Make it as easy as possible. Prepare your equipment: rods, reels, lines, and terminal tackles and maybe treat yourself to a new set of boots. Boots are definitely overlooked when it comes to fishing gear. Being an angler myself, I know that having the best ice fishing boots are critical, especially if you need to get into the river/ lake to retrieve your catch. There are also a lot of different types of rods out there for you to choose from, for example, Outdoor Empire fishing rods but it is all about what personally works for you.
Rod and Reels
In determining the fishing rods and reels that you’re going to bring, decide for the size of fish that you’re considering catching.
There are actually hundreds of choices for rods and reels available at the market today. However, below are four primary types that may help you decide which one to bring.
- Spinning reel: It’s famous because it’s easy to use and allow long cast.
- Spin casting reel: This is similar to the spinning reel that leaves and returns at one end of the spool. It is released by a thumb button.
- Baitcasting reel: The spools of this reel sit perpendicular or cross-ways to its rod rather than parallel. It’s the opposite of the first two reels.
- Fly casting reel: This reel is light that makes it impossible to cast with almost all rods and reels. It uses a special kind of line that allows catching even the smallest flies at a long distance.
Make sure to check your fishing line. A fishing line is one of the most essential equipment for fishing. It is the cord that connects fish hood to the fishing rod and reel. If you’re using mono, check if it looks cloudy or kinked. If it is, change it.
I used to have a couple of reels; I take the older line then strip it off the reel. I take my new line that looks cloudy on the top then tie it to the empty reel winding the cloudy ones on top. As you see, the line at the bottom of the fishing reel is virtually new since you don’t get to the bottom of the spool.
I used the above trick several times before, and it worked!
Depending upon the type of species that you target, bring with you an appropriate terminal tackle. A fishing terminal tackle is a tool attached at the end of the fishing line.
Say you want to fish for tuna, use a circle hook and regular J-hooks. One of the tricks I do when I used live bait is using a hook; circle or J hooks with rings welded on them. Tie your line on the ring and the ring will make your bait looks more natural and lively.
On the other hand, a circle hook also keeps the line away from the mouth of the fish that lets you lessen the tendency of line fray.
Some styles of terminal tackles include sinker-below, sinker –above, and no sinker, or floated. Always choose the suitable fishing tackle.
Remember that the artificial lures a well as the live baits do not qualify to be terminal tackles.
Other Tips that Help
- Make your life easier by purchasing a fish finder. You can check Focus Fishing for reviews on the best ones.
- Create a travel pack to fill it with your essential lures, flies, and terminal tackles.
- Make sure to have the perfect flies, lures, and terminal tackles.
- Bring a spare line and leader.
- Pack your clothing in a waterproof bag.
- Use item with interior dividers.
- Bring a portable and waterproof camera that is point and shoot if you want to capture the best memories.
- Carry a small waterproof bag for your phone, key, and wallet.
- If it’s hot, polarized sunglasses will protect your eyes.
My Final Thoughts
Before leaving your home for your fishing trip, make sure that you’ve loaded yourself with the information about the weather for your safety and the season for your catch. Of course, never forget your equipment.
Check out this video for more awesome fishing tips.
Taking the considerations I mentioned above as your tips, you may have an awesome fishing trip.
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About the Author
Hi! I’m Demi – founder and editor in chief at Outdoorsdoc. Here, I will share everything I know about enjoying and surviving the outdoors and sports. Whether you love to go outdoors, you will find interesting and informational articles on this blog.