In the last 25 years, bass fishing has grown to become a five-billion-dollar industry. It’s a sport that does not require a lot of equipment or experience to do for fun, making it an attractive sport for anyone. It’s even become the sport of choice for students. Bass fishing is one of America’s fastest-growing college sports, with three college leagues that see thousands of student anglers competing each year. If you are new to bass fishing, it’s important that you prep properly for your fishing adventure to ensure you have the best possible experience, from packing up your gear to loading your truck, here’s how.
Loading The Truck for Fishing Trip
When it comes to getting you to your fishing hole, you will want a vehicle that’s comfortable, sturdy and has plenty of room to transport all your fishing gear and ready for all weather conditions. For many anglers, a truck is the ideal fishing transport. You need to take some care when loading your truck and it’s worth investing in a rod tube to keep your rods in perfect condition on the journey. Put the non-breakable and uniform-shaped objects on the bottom, towards the cab. Then put the more breakable and odd-shaped items on top. Then you’ll need to strap it all down. Now you know how to load the truck, next you need to think about what you’ll be taking.
Fishing Tackle and Equipment
When it’s your first bass fishing trip you may think you have to bring every bit of tackle you have. Instead, do plenty of research beforehand about where you will be going and then focus on just the fishing essentials you will need. Get an empty box and fill it with essential lures, terminal tackle, and flies before your trip. Boots and waders are great to have but also take up a lot of space and heavy so if you really need them then try to find a cheap, lightweight set and something to put them in on the trip home if they get wet. Depending on where you are going then you’ll, of course, need your rods and reels, but only take what is necessary. Find out what the current fishing conditions are from local tackle shops and take advice on what lures and flies are most successful at the moment.
Clothing Essentials for Bass Fishing
When you are getting prepped for your fishing trip, don’t underestimate the importance of what you will wear. Packing the right clothing will help to ensure you are comfortable and safe for your bass fishing adventure. If you are planning to head out in cold weather then you need to choose high-quality clothing and make sure you give yourself plenty of layer options. Focus on waterproof clothing along with a good supply of socks and underwear in case you get drenched. While you may just think you can get away with shorts and a t-shirt when the climate is very warm to tropical, you still need to take some responsible steps. Pack cool, sun-protective clothing, sun protective hat and gloves, water shoes or sandals and face protection. You should also pack a rain jacket, as, after all, sudden downpours can happen at any time.
Don’t Forget Your Trip Essentials
The right clothing will keep you dry and comfortable during your bass fishing trip, but you will also need to ensure you have stocked up on the essential personal items. It’s good to make a checklist so you don’t forget anything such as medications, sunscreen, insect repellent and small plastic bottles with body wash and shampoo. Perhaps the most crucial part of your essential personal kit is to pack a good first-aid kit. Have a small one that you can carry around with you and a larger one to keep in your truck. You never know when you might need it.
Prepping for your first bass fishing trip shouldn’t feel like a chore. It’s the first important part of your bass fishing adventures where you can begin to look forward to the days ahead.