Fishing Trip Gear Checklist

By Brett Freese / October 8, 2018
Fishing Checklist

Planning to go fishing anytime soon? Do you know what are the most important items to bring along?

Fishing license and live bait are only a few of the crucial ones. There are several ways you could prepare for your fishing trip, but a checklist is probably the most efficient.

Preparing in advance is a wise move, which is why we’ve made a list for you. Follow each of the steps to insure you’re well-prepared for the upcoming fishing adventure. However, these are just the basics and you should always consider your needs and preferences, too.

 


The Checklist

1. Get a Fishing License

If you have one, make sure to bring it. It’s recommended you always have your fishing license with you. You can get a license by phone or online. Some retail establishments like Wal-Mart also sell fishing license.
You might not even need it in certain locations & areas, but don’t forget to double check that to avoid breaking any rules.

2. Buy Proper Rod and Reels

Many things are directly linked to the quality of your gear. Invest in adequate equipment because that will make your fishing experience more fun and enjoyable.

If you have kids, make sure you prepare your children are prepared in advance as well. Get them appropriate gear and equipment. Invest in rod and reels made especially for children.

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3. Stay Equipped with a Tackle Box

A tackle box is ideal to bring some necessary items such as bobbers, hooks, and sinkers. The size of the box depends on stuff you like to have at hand. Even smaller models will do since these can fit quite enough baits, worms and other supplies.

4. Use Live Bait

Live bait can make all the difference so pay particular attention to the matter. Minnows and worms should be as fresh as possible.

Best is to buy these on your way to the pond or lake, as opposed to keeping them at home for a few days.

5. Always Have First Aid Kit Available

Having a First Aid kit at hand is crucial. Dangerous things can happen out in the water, but even small injuries should be treated.

What if you cut yourself on a hook? You should always have your First Aid kit with you to clean those small cuts before they get dirty.

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6. Stay Hydrated And Full

If you’re going to stay out a long time, make sure to bring some food and water. Pack whatever you like to snack on during the day. Make sure not to forget water as it’s the most important thing to have with you if you’re staying in the sun.

7. Don’t Forget The Camera

It’s always great to capture big catches and fun moments. If you have your family and friends with you on a fishing trip, don’t forget to take pictures of those valuable moments.

Kids love taking pictures with big and small fish, so make sure to bring your camera, enough memory space, and spare batteries.


Final Thoughts

These aren’t all the things you should bring with you, but an idea of what you should have at hand. The list can vary depending on your preference and what you feel you’d need the most.

Hopefully, we gave you an idea of how to prepare for your fishing trip. Some of this stuff may not have as much importance to you, so it’s okay to slightly modify the list accordingly.

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About the author

    Brett Freese

    I've always had a passion for fishing ever since I was young. I started fishing with my grandpa at 6, and he taught me everything I needed to know! I love sharing my knowledge with the community, as well as learning from other anglers. We only get better if we help each other!

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