Fishing requires more than just a rod, a hook, and some bait.
There’s a lot that needs to be done and brought when fishers are on the pier, out in the wild, or on the boat in the middle of the river, to guarantee your success and your enjoyment throughout the day.
Thinking out of the box, these are five things everyone should bring to get the big catch.
Dependant on the season, whether it’s hot or cold outside, make sure to not only dress for the weather but prepare for the worst.
During the warmer seasons, shorts and a tank-top are fine, but remember, it’s hot, and the sun is out.
Bring sunglasses, sunblock, a hat and a long-sleeve or windbreaker to guard your skin against the sun—the last thing you want is going home without a catch and sunburns.
For the colder seasons, make sure to double your layers—compression pants and shirts are perfect, along with rain or deck boots to protect your feet from debris. With compression garments, you can double up with lighter, more mobile clothing that’ll allow you to be flexible when throwing that hook out into the water, or be wresting that catch into the boat.
A fanny pack has not only come back in style with the millennial’s fashion trend, but it’s an integral part for every fisher’s convenience.
Some fanny packs have a number of pockets, where you can carry extra hooks, quick bait replacements, or to sneak a quick bite as you wait for a tug on the line.
Lugging equipment around can be tough—fanny packs make carrying important knick-knacks around a lot easier.
Food and Water
If you plan to spend the entire day out by the water, it’s a smart idea to bring some food and water to help you stay hydrated and energized.
Stay away from any fatty or heavy foods that might put you in a ‘food coma,’ otherwise, you might have fallen asleep and missed a tug, or your entire rod might’ve fallen into the water.
Whether in the heat or in the cold, you will either need the food to replenish your strength in the heat or stay warm by taking in some snacks.
A lot of hunters and fishers rely on beef jerky—it’s light, not tough to carry around, won’t go bad, and easily accessible based on the baggage you’re carrying around.
Crisps and crackers, almonds or trail mix (if not allergic to nuts) are also great options to keep your body moving.
If you’re lugging a cooler around—with you to the fishing site or in the car—you can have bigger and more filling options, such as chicken or tuna salad. And, you can keep your water cold!
A big, big must.
Pliers are important for when you’ve gotten that big catch—they’ll help in removing the hooks out of fish mouths easily, and without injuring the fish.
Pliers are also a general tool that’ll help in any situation, for example, problems with your fishing rod, anything with your boat, or issues with any of your equipment.
First Aid Kit
Anything can happen, from tripping on the rock side by the water to poking yourself with the hook trying to remove it from the fish’s mouth to more extreme examples.
Preparing yourself with things like band-aids, pads, wraps, eye drops, things like petroleum jelly, lighters/flashlights, or life jackets can help prevent infections, cover those cuts, help you navigate when you get lost or unable to see, and save your life.
Being outdoors is always a risk—stay one step ahead and stay ready for any situation.