If you’re planning to go fishing this weekend, good for you. Fishing is undoubtedly one of the best outdoor activities, as it offers benefits to both mental and physical health.
It teaches you how to appreciate the wonders of nature. Just think about it. You can take a much-needed break from digital devices and enjoy the fresh air.
Plus, fishing gives you a full-body workout. You actively move and change direction and focus. If you just need a break, go fishing. But make sure to take your friends and family with you. Fishing is a timeless activity that can be enjoyed by all ages.
You still haven’t packed? It’s probably don’t know what to bring along. When preparing for a weekend fishing trip, packing properly is your number one priority. The following checklist can help you get organized and make the most of your upcoming adventure.
Your Fishing License
A fishing license (fishing permit) may be required, even if it’s recreational fishing. You’ll need a fishing license of some kind regardless of the state you’re in. So, make sure you have yours with you. Carry the license with you when fishing. You can use a paper copy or a photo on your smartphone.
A saltwater license doesn’t give you permission to fish in freshwater lakes or streams or the other way round. Keep in mind that many states require a license even if you just catch the fish and put it back in the water. It doesn’t matter that you have no intention whatsoever to keep the catch.
Plenty of Clothes
Being properly outfitted will keep you comfortable and safe. Don’t forget to pack your pajamas. If you’re doing some last-minute shopping, look into bamboo pajamas and loungewear. Want to fish in your pajamas? Don’t even think about it. It’s against the law. No matter where you’re traveling, bring plenty of layers of clothing.
Don’t skimp on waterproof clothing, and it’s a good idea to bring plenty of underwear and socks. You need protection from the foul weather elements. Purchase high-quality rain gear that will help you remain warm and dry. Pack rain gear that can be easily carried when not needed. Weather conditions can change very easily, and you don’t want to end up with heavy clothing when the sun comes out.
If you’re traveling to a warm climate, don’t assume you can get away with shorts and a T-shirt. You’ll be spending a great deal of time under the direct sun. This is why you should cover-up. Opt for lightweight, long-sleeved shirts to keep you cool. Equally important is to wear a bandana or some sort of face protection that has a high UPF factor.
The key is to have a flexible material that’s light enough not to bother you. A tubular bandana can block the damaging rays of the sun. Footwear is essential for enjoying a day on the water. Water shoes are the perfect solution. It’s almost like walking barefoot, the only difference being that you don’t have to worry about the sharp objects in the water.
The most important things you need are money, credit card, and travel documents. Many things can be, and should be, brought on a fishing trip. These things are easy to overlook:
Feeling seasick isn’t only annoying; it can impact your ability to fish and your fishing experience. Medication is effective if taken a couple of hours in advance. If you have a chronic illness, have your prescription filled ahead of time and bring your meds in your carry-on.
Bring sunscreen, no matter if you’re traveling to a warm or cold climate. Apply sunscreen every day, even when you don’t expect to be out very long. Be aware of the glare and reflection of the sun from water, sand, and other areas. Get a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB.
What better way to keep the bugs away than to use insect repellent? Mosquitos are bothersome and can ruin your weekend getaway. You can spray the repellent onto clothing, but make sure to check the label first. DEET is non-toxic if used correctly.
First Aid Kit
You should always carry a first aid kit with you on the water. The unexpected can happen, so it’s better to be prepared. Examples of items that you can add to the kit include non-latex disposable gloves, antiseptic towels, antibiotic ointment, pressure wrap, tweezers, etc.
Polarized sunglasses eliminate the glare on the water, so you can get a better view. Visibility is important, to say the least when locating fish. You need to have an idea of how deep the water is to start looking for fish. On polarized sunglasses, the filter creates openings for light. Only some types of sunglasses are equipped with technology that protects against UV radiation.
Needless to say, the protection depends largely on the brand. Put simply, some products are more effective than others. Colored polarized lenses are very good if you’re fishing in low light conditions. The improved contrast helps you see more fish underwater.
A Variety of Bags and Containers
Don’t hop aboard your next fishing trip unless you have plenty of bags and containers. What you need is a backpack, a drinking bottle, and a waterproof bag (bring a camera to capture your priceless memories). Icing is the best way to store the fish for transport. Make sure to use an insulated cooler. Freezing the fish is the most common way of storing it.
Clean the fish and place it in a reusable freezer bag. If you’re concerned about the plastic that this process entails, don’t worry because you can place the fish on an aluminum sheet tray. Filet or clean the fish as soon as possible. Don’t let your fish soak in water.
Few things are more exciting than going on a fishing trip. Go to a more remote place that can be reached by water so that you can use a boat for the commute. If you’re serious about fishing, know what you’re looking to reel.