We have been wanting to fish for years. The kids really got the desire when we lived in Louisiana. This year we hope to do more fishing. If your family enjoys the outdoors, fishing can be a great way to spend time together. However, this may involve traveling to a place where there are fewer modern conveniences. Proper planning is necessary to ensure that your trip doesn’t turn into a nightmare. Here are some tips for planning the perfect family fishing trip.
Proper LicensingDepending on where you’re going, a fishing license may be required and you might even have to apply for it in advance. If you’re able to get one in the area, make sure you have your ID and any other required documentation. Be aware of the requirements for the license before leaving on your trip, so you won’t be faced with an unexpected dilemma when you arrive.
Don’t forget to check the weather before leaving, especially if you’ll be spending the night or weekend in the area. You don’t necessarily have to postpone your trip if there’s rain in the forecast, but it would be wise to dress appropriately, with water-resistant clothing and water-proof fishing boots. This is especially important if you plan to be on a boat, in case you’re far from the shore when it rains.
Another important consideration is your choice of vehicle and its condition. If you’re traveling to a wilderness area, a Jeep (or similar 4WD vehicle) would be best for navigating questionable terrain. Your vehicle should also be in good condition. Have it looked at by a qualified mechanic before leaving town. Take it in for an oil change and make sure they know you’re going on a trip. Tell them to check your belts, hoses, fluid levels, brakes and tires. Make sure they let you know about any leaks or other potential problems.
Find out what sort of fishing gear or equipment you’ll need. It’s best to have your own, but if you don’t, make sure it’s possible to acquire what you need at the local marina. If you’re planning to use a boat, find out if you can rent one there or if you’ll have to bring your own.
Even if the lake is overflowing with fish, don’t assume you’re going to catch enough to feed the entire family at every meal. If the weather takes a turn for the worst, you may not catch anything. Be prepared with at least a cooler and some sandwiches. Snacks like jerky and granola bars are also a great idea. It’s best to think of any fish you catch as an added bonus, rather than a food source you can depend on.
Since you’ll be near water, it’s important to protect yourself from mosquitoes and other biting insects during your family fishing trip. Mosquitoes are known carriers of dangerous diseases, such as West Nile virus and Chikungunya. Spiders, ticks and black flies are also common in wooded areas and it’s advisable to wear plenty of clothing to protect yourself. Keep in mind that the best times for fishing (dawn and dusk) are also the best times to get bitten by insects. Insect repellents are effective in most cases and there are several natural alternatives available for those who are concerned about toxicity.
The best way to plan the perfect family fishing trip is make sure the basics are covered. Being aware of the weather forecast and having a dependable vehicle can make all the difference in whether you’re able to handle an emergency. If a worse situation does present itself, you’ll be prepared with plenty of food, warm clothes and insect repellent. Otherwise, proper preparation will ensure that the entire family can enjoy the outdoors without wishing they had stayed home.
Guest Post By: Ruth Nation is an outdoor loving girl who is up for almost anything, be it an African Safari, white water rafting, a hike through the forest or beach combing. She is a writer for travel and adventure blogs where you’ll find her outdoor activity ideas.