Tips For Planning Your Next Fishing Trip

By: Victor Epand

There is nothing more rewarding than waking up early in the morning to go fishing. There is no better way to welcome the day than rising at the crack of dawn to get to the bay before the other fishermen and weekend travelers have arrived. Grab your spouse, your children, or a friend, along with your poles and bait and prepare yourself for a memorable day enjoying the beauty of the rising sun and the melodies from the morning birds. The anticipation of reaching the bay will keep everyone alert and excited about having had to rise so early in the day.

Fishing on a sunny morning with your loved ones is much more rewarding than sitting at home watching re-runs on the television set. It might be difficult to convince your spouse or child that waking up before the sun has risen is supposed to be fun, but once they are outside and close to the water, they will be convinced. Promises of a homemade picnic will also encourage them to join you on your fishing expedition. Be sure to use your vacuum food sealer to keep all the sandwiches and snacks fresh. There is nothing more disappointing than opening a bag of chips to find that they have turned soggy or to discover that your sandwich hardened by escaped moisture from poorly sealed bags.

Look for maps of the best fishing areas at your local library or search on the Internet for locations in your state. Some sporting goods stores might also carry information on the best places to go fishing in your community. Ask people at work or check with your friends if they know what the best places are for catching at least a couple of fish, if not more. Remember that you are fishing to relax and to enjoy being in nature, and not to reel in a huge catch. Fishing, in this case, is not a pro-sport and you are not in a competition.

Some fishing sites include a large area with picnic tables and even outdoor grills where you can cook your fresh catch. If you do not plan to eat the fish you catch right away, you might want to consider packing one of those handheld kits that allow you to vacuum seal the fish after you have gutted and cleaned it. Be sure to pack lots of wet wipes to remove the unpleasant odor from your hands.

After the poles have been set up and fishing is well under way, you can begin to set up the grill, if you are successful with your fishing, or you can distribute your basket of sandwiches, chips and fruit kept fresh in bags sealed by your vacuum food sealer. Before everyone gets to absorbed in their fishing, be sure they each have a water bottle by their side to prevent dehydration. Also check that everyone has lathered on a thick layer of sunscreen to prevent sunburns. The early morning sun might not feel as warm as that of the mid-day, but the sun's rays are strong and they do seep through the clouds. Unprotected skin will get burnt.

Welcome a new day doing something out of the ordinary. Spend the day outdoors with your spouse, your children, or a friend and go fishing to get closer to nature. There is a whole world out there waiting to be discovered and enjoyed, even at the crack of dawn!

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