Things to pack for a fishing trip.
We give you the things to pack for a fishing trip that’ll make any trip a success.
Whenever you are planning a fishing trip, the question of what to bring along will always arise. So what are the main things to pack for a fishing trip. One has to consider constraints such as space, weight and comfort and to get the right balance of these things are important in order to get the greatest enjoyment out of any fishing trip. It is never nice to arrive at your location of choosing just to realize that you forgot to pack that one piece of importance that could make your stay easier and more enjoyable.
As a start let’s cover the obvious and these are things such as your rods, reels and bait, as well as your terminal tackle such as hooks, sinkers and/or your chosen art-lure. These things are your basics and you can catch fish with only these items packed, but to make things easier and more enjoyable you might want to take a look at the following list and may even use it as a check list for things to pack for a fishing trip.
The following aspects should be considered when planning a fishing trip and deciding which things to pack for a fishing trip. You have to keep in mind that your main gear or equipment for fishing is already covered. This list of things to pack for a fishing trip should serve you well when preparing for your next trip.
- Landing the fish: You have to consider a way of landing the fish safely and dependent on whether or not you want to catch and release or catch and keep there are different options to consider. A landing net or a landing hook can be used, but with the latter a safe release of the fish probably isn’t viable (and I of course promote catch and release). If you do plan to catch and release you may want to consider extra gear such as a landing mat etc. in order to protect the fish while out of the water.
- Keeping the fish: If you decide to keep the fish you will have to consider if you want to keep the fish alive or skin/gut it for eating at a later stage. The storage of the caught fish then differs, one option being a container of some sort to transport the fish safely back home or a proper cooling or cold container of some sorts for skinned and/or gutted fish to take home.
- Shelter: If you are staying over at your fishing destination you should have the proper shelter that can protect you from the elements. Weather changes can put a real damper on things if you are not prepared. The obvious here would be some sort of tent or bivvy, or if you’re lucky, a caravan.
- Warmth and heating or cooling: It often gets quite cold at night during most outdoor situations and you will need to prepare for this with proper clothing and accessories such as sleeping bags or blankets and here you can also include thinking about wood for making a fire, which can be used for cooking as well. On the other hand it might get warm during the daytime and you will need some sort of shade to combat this, and a umbrella works well for this and can also double as a shelter against rain. It is always good to keep an eye on the weather report beforehand, but as we know they are not always accurate and it is always recommended to prepare for both ends of the spectrum.
- Food and it’s preparation: This is entirely up to you on how you would like to prepare your food, which food you want to take and how much space you have available for this equipment. I’ll just name some of the options such as preparation over fire where you will need firewood and probably a grill of some sorts or other equipment such as gas grills etc, although at some fishing spots you may have access to electricity where the food preparation equipment will obviously have to change.
- Lighting: When spending a night in the outdoors you want to consider how you will supply yourself with light at night. This can range from stealth mode where you use only a headlamp in order to keep the surroundings as natural as possible to proper gas lighting options for a nice camp setup and for supplying yourself light at night.
- Ablution and cleanliness: Some camp sites do supply ablution facilities and you don’t need to worry too much about this aspect, but at times you may have to rough it and you will need to make provisions for this, and questions you will have to ask yourself is; how will I answer the call of nature and how will I keep clean?
- Back-up options for your fishing equipment: You don’t want to cut short your fishing trip due to a malfunction in your fishing gear, thus it is always advisable to take along some back-up rods and reels as well as some spools of fishing line. I think everyone that fishes has had the situation where your spool of fishing line turns into a mess, and this is just like hunting without bullets and some back-up spools of line will have you covered in this aspect.
- Protection from the sun: There is nothing worse than going on a fishing trip for a week and being so sun burnt on the second day that you get sick or sore and all the pleasure of the trip is tainted by this. Equipment that protect you from the sun is always a must have. These can range from sunblock and umbrellas to a bivvy as well as some good eye-protection in the form of sunglasses, the proper clothing will also be helpful in this regard.
- Drinking water: Extremely important is to have clean drinking water. At many fishing spots or resorts there may be access to clean drinking water, but many also do not have this access and you don’t want to cut short a fishing trip because of a lack of clean water, so be sure to find out if there is access to water or do you have to make your own provisions for your fishing trip. You may also have to take water for bathing or washing and cleaning pots and pans etc.
- Knife: This is probably the one of the first things to pack for a fishing trip. You will always have use for a knife when going fishing, be it for skinning/gutting and preparing the fish, or if the need arises for cutting things in the camp site, such as branches and the many other uses that you may have for a knife in an outdoors situation.
These are some of the main aspects that you may want to consider when deciding which things to pack for a fishing trip and to not have to worry about being set up adequately at your camp site. I hope you found this informative and that you may use it in planning your next fishing trip.