Fishing takes more planning than you may think. To be successful, you need to have proper equipment but you don’t want to take a lot of extras with you either. This could hinder your success because your pack might be too heavy to be able to be effective. Consequently, if you don’t have enough supplies, you could have less success than you would have if you were properly prepared. Careful planning and packing is an ideal way to get the most out of your next fishing trip.
Of course you’ll want to make sure you have your fishing poles and all of your fishing tackle. Do a quick check and make sure that your tackle box is stocked with everything you’ll need to catch the fish you’re going after. Everything should be where you left it, but you never know when someone might have borrowed your favorite lure, or you forgot about that mishap on the last trip that caused you to lose some of your most valuable and trusted fishing tackle.
Before leaving, check your fishing poles for ample spool line. If you don’t have enough line on the spool, it can affect your casting distance and, as a result, dampen your chances of success. If your spool line is discolored, check it to be sure it is not becoming brittle. Brittle fishing line can break under only a minimum of stress. Take note of your line weight, too. This can affect many factors when it comes to fishing, including the lures you use and the types of fish you can expect to catch.
There are other fishing related items you should make sure you have with you before you go fishing. Needle nose pliers can help immensely when getting fish off the line, especially if the hook is in the back of their mouth. Since many fish have size restrictions, you will also need something to measure them with, and if it’s a big one, a scale and a camera. If you plan on keeping your fish, you will need a stringer or something else to hold on to them, and something to put them in until you get home. Many people prefer to clean fish before heading home, which necessitates a fillet knife, and whatever else you need to clean your target fish.
For anglers who take their boat fishing, there’s a whole other list of things to check before you hit the water. Although some individuals have ignored its use at different times, it’s a good idea to make sure you have the plug in your boat before you back down the ramp. Another thing that can put a kink in your plans is a flat tire on your boat trailer. There have also been many fishing trips salvaged because a wise angler made sure to check the gas tanks and made sure the batteries had a full charge.
One of the most important things to pack to ensure a good day of fishing is something to eat and your beverage of choice. Once you get all these things together you should have all the tools you need to catch fish and enough food and drink to make sure you’re on the water when the fish get hungry.