What Makes a Good Fishing Trip

By: brian ramsey

The obvious answer is fish and preferably fish that are biting your bait. While fish that are biting is the key element in a good fishing trip there are several other elements that help to enhance your fishing experience.

One of the elements is a wide comfortable space, a location where you can securely place all the items you will need and reach them comfortably. This is particularly important if you are fishing from a high rock ledge. You do not want to reach for something and have it slip into the water, or worse you slip into the water. When fishing from rocks in the ocean it is also important to pay attention to the high tide mark on the rock. You need to ensure that your location is above the high tide mark and above the height of the spray from the waves, so that you are not washed off the rock. You should also verify that you have a route off the rock that does not involve wading through water at high tide. The strength of the water can be deceptive at high tide.

When fishing from a boat ensure that you have adequate fuel to take you to your desired fishing location and back to the launching spot. Also ensure that you have a personal flotation device for every person on board, in the event that anyone ends up in the water.

Good company is important. It is pleasant to have someone to chat with during those periods when the fish do not seem to be biting. Good company however is not necessarily someone who talks incessantly as that can cause you to miss the feel of the nibble on the line. Having a friend along is also important in the event that something bad happens. In such a situation there would be someone to provide help or get help.

Liquid refreshment is necessary, especially if you are fishing in the daytime. If your refreshment is of the alcoholic kind, limit consumption so that you do not miss the nibbles of the fish on the line. Also remember that you usually have to drive home after fishing and you need to be able to concentrate on the road.

Having extra of everything is important. You will want to have extra hooks, line and sinkers so that if your fishing line becomes entangled or stuck on a rock, you can easily replace it and continue fishing. You should carry different size hooks because although you planned to catch really big fish, it may be that only small fish are around. Having different sized hooks allows you to switch sizes to suit the size of the fish that are biting. It is also a good idea to have different weight sinkers to suit the strength of the currents that may be in that area.

If you are fishing at night have a flashlight or lantern with spare batteries. A knife is important as you may need to cut your line, slice your bait, prepare snacks and many other tasks.

Having a cellular phone with you is very useful, as you may want to call someone to share the excitement or call someone in case of trouble. Carry a Zip Lock plastic bag to place the phone in, so that it does not get wet.

Having bait to attract the fish is vital and equally important is having the right type of bait. To ensure that you have the right type of bait, try to find out what type of fish is biting in the area and what they are feeding on. To learn what the fish are feeding on you can ask the residents in the area. If the area you plan to fish does not have any residents or is far from where you live, carry an assortment of bait.

Choose the correct time to go fishing. Early morning and early evening are usually good times to go fishing. While fish can be caught at all times with the right bait and being in the right location, many species feed at dawn and dusk and then hide during the rest of the day. The changing of the tides is also a good time for fishing. Larger fish tend to come closer inshore at the high tide.

Following the above tips should ensure that you have an enjoyable fishing trip. Now all you need is for the fish to bite.

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