The great outdoors is rich with wonder and majesty, and it calls to every outdoors-man (and woman!) Many people enjoy traveling to be able to see the wild across the world – coniferous forests, jungle havens, surging rivers and so much more. And as they travel, these people use skills learned for the outdoors – skills such as tracking, foraging and, of course, fishing.
Of course, like all things worth doing right, fishing requires preparation. To get the most out of your angling experience, you’ll want to make sure that you have the right gear for the job. Here’s a list of essential fishing equipment that every traveler should have when they take to the water and cast their lines.
– Clothing for the trip. You’ve heard it said that you should dress for the job you want, and this applies to being an angler. The first thing you need in this regard is a hat, since you’ll be exposed to both rain and sun while on the water. Speaking of water, have an extra pair of socks and shoes in case your current pair gets wet. Insects also tend to frequent bodies of water, so wear long sleeves and pants to protect your skin from any biting pests.
– A reliable rod. Most of the time, it will be very hard to catch fish without one. Bring a quality rod that you can trust – it may involve paying a little extra, but you get what you pay for and you don’t want your rod to break while trying to land a big one. As a matter of fact, bring a spare rod with you as well, just to be on the safe side.
– Fishing license. The long arm of the law stretches into the great outdoors, and you don’t want to end your trip with fines or worse. Be sure you have the right one for the area you’ll be fishing in – different places have different laws and regulations.
– Waterproof bag or container. You will likely want to have your valuables, such as your cellphone and wallet, close to you at all times. Being out on the water, it will be a good idea to keep them in a bag or holder of some sort that will keep them inside and water outside. Nothing ruins a fishing trip like a soaked cellphone.
– First aid supplies. Accidents can happen to anyone at anytime, and being out away from others can make them a little scarier. Keep a first aid kit handy for anything such as cuts, bites, stings or other injuries. Better safe than sorry!
– A cooler. When you catch fish, you’ll need something to keep them fresh and cool. Keep a cooler on hand, and your catches will keep as long as you need them to.
– Toilet paper. It’s not a glamorous concept, but we all have to go at some point. Having something to keep yourself clean with is a prudent idea, even if you have access to a restroom.
– A working boat motor. Unless you’re paddling, you won’t get anywhere without one of these. If you’re using a motor-propelled craft, it should have an operational and reliable engine. To be on the safe side, check around for electronic boat motors if you feel you need a fresh one.
– A camera. Yes, it seems frivolous – but when you pull in that huge bass, it won’t hurt to have photo proof of your accomplishment.
A lot can happen on your fishing trip, so be sure you’ve got all the essentials to make it successful and enjoyable!