With spring almost here, it’s time to get out on the water and do some fishing. Going fishing with your friends or family members or even alone can be an extremely rewarding experience. It gets you out into nature and allows you to have some quiet time that is not interrupted constantly by phones, tablets, televisions, computers and the Internet.
As you prepare for your spring fishing trip, make sure that you have the following items with you as they will be greatly important.
1. A lunch and snacks
Is it crazy that we’re starting with food? Every great fishing trip requires some great snacks. Make sure that you have crackers, sandwiches, chips and drinks with you, but never drink alcohol if you plan on operating a boat.
2. Rods, hooks, fishing line, sinkers and bobbers
These are all of the most essential fishing items for your tackle box. Depending on what type of fishing you’re going to be doing, you may need various types of these items. Each person should have at least one fishing rod, and keep in mind that different types of fish require different types of hooks. If you’re not exactly sure what you’re going to be fishing for on your fishing trip, make sure that you have a variety of hook sizes so that you’re ready for anything.
Of course, you’ll need an adequate amount of fishing line as well as sinkers for your trip, and bobbers or floaters are also essential. These notify you when you get a bite, so you can’t forget them!
Of course, you have to have bait on your trip. Again, what type of bait you buy will depend on what you’re fishing for. For example, you’ll need worms or minnows for some types of fish, but special fishing lures may attract other types of fish. Simply make sure that you have enough for the fish you want to catch.
4. First aid kit
Accidents happen, especially when hooks are involved! Make sure that you have a first aid kit with you on your trip in case anything goes awry. You should have band-aids, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads, hydrogen peroxide and anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen with you in case of emergency. Likewise, if anyone on your trip has allergies, make sure that you have an EpiPen available.
Naturally, it’s important to have lifejackets with you if your fishing trip is going to take you into deep waters. Actually, if you’re going to be on a boat at all, you should always wear a life jacket.
Do you have all of these items already? If you don’t, it’s time to do some shopping at your local fish and tackle store.