Fishing has always been so much more than just a sport. In many families it has been an annual tradition where you head back to the Lake House where you grew up and fish with your parents and siblings. For others, it is quite closely related to their childhood because some of the best memories of their time as a kid were made during those long and fun spring fishing trips!
Fishing, as an activity, teaches you a lot about life. Apart from the thrill of catching a fish, it demands a lot of patience as it involves a lot of waiting and hoping that you might catch at least one fish. On some days, you might have a basket full of fish, on others you may have to return with disappointment. Naturally, you would want to pass on this tradition to your kids or try your hands at it even as you grow up. However, ensuring that nostalgia does not get the better of you, here are few practical tips for you to make your fishing adventure memorable yet safe.
Hooks and bobbers
If you are not a rookie when it comes to fishing, you do realize that fishing is never monotonous. Of course, there are some trips where you sit still for hours only to return empty handed, but when it’s your day, you are always in for a surprise! Different fishes have different sizes and do require different hook types to get caught. At times, you might want to use live bait too. All of this demands you to stay equipped with required hook sizes so that you are never underprepared.
Since we have been rambling about all these important items that are must-haves for fishing, it only makes sense to suggest that a fishing backpack is a mandatory item which must be bought before anything else. If you are a rookie fisherman and think any sporty bag would do just fine, you are in for a bad surprise. These backpacks are designed to cater a specific need and come equipped with multiple pockets and a waterproof exterior which makes them a perfect companion for both wet and dry conditions. The sturdy design and shoulder padding add to the comfort too.
Fishing line is a complicated piece of gear even for the professionals. When casting near river banks and bushy locations (with lots of trees nearby), it’s very easy to get your line tangled during your cast, or knotted due to the wind or if you’re not paying attention. The line constantly needs to be replaced which creates a need for tools like knives and scissors. These tools can also assist in cutting up bait and cutting off excess line after tying your hook/sinker. Furthermore, having a sharp blade by your side is always recommended, because you know, the water also has its own surprises!
Always, we repeat, always carry an extra line because in 90% situations, you are going to need it sooner or later. The choice of line is extremely important for a fisherman. What material would be best suited in accordance with the environment, what color of line to get, these are all basic questions that must be answered before you head on to catch a trout! While monofilament is better suited for its flexibility and stretchability, fluorocarbon helps you achieve greater sensitivity and camouflages with the environment.
Snacks and sunscreen
You’ve gotta eat and protect your skin while fishing! No matter how many hours you are planning to fish, it is important to pack some snacks that are not too strong in their odor. This is especially important if you are heading to the middle of the lake to fish. Similarly, sun protection is equally important if you don’t want to return with sunburns and rashes. There is a difference between sunburns and tan lines and the difference is called sunscreen!
Mosquito repellent and Medical kit
If the pond is near a marshy area and surrounded by bogs, there are chances that you will be welcomed by mosquitoes and quite a vivid variety of insects. Make sure to carry a repellent spray or cream so that you may not return with one too many painful memories of fishing!
Fishing can be a fancy sport for some and a boat-full of nostalgia for others. No matter what the reason is, make sure to go equipped for your next lake house trip!