Don’t Forget These On Your Next Fishing Trip…
Any seasoned Angler will know the essential equipment and tips to catch the best fish.
Whether you are fishing for an afternoon in a local spot or heading somewhere for the weekend, here are those things which you don’t want to forget. These will enhance your trip and ensure that you are extra prepared.
Your Fishing License
In certain areas, and when fishing for a particular kind of fish, it is necessary to have a fishing license. The UK government website outlines when you need a fishing license. If you are fishing in another country, be sure to check their regulations beforehand, you should also keep your passport on you as well. Not having the correct license for fishing in certain areas can lead to some hefty fines. The license fee isn’t too big so it’s not worth taking the risk and going without one.
A First Aid Kit
It’s easy to cut yourself on your fish hook or gain a few scrapes if you’re trekking through any forest area to get to your chosen fishing destination. A small first aid kit is always handy for these situations. Plasters, bandages, and bug repellent spray are a must.
Alongside your first aid kit, remember to bring some sunscreen too. The NHS reccomend you use a minimum of SPF 15 . The last thing you want is sunstroke or blisters from getting sunburnt. Even on a cloudy day you can still get sunburnt from UV rays. If you’re outside for a long time fishing, sunscreen is crucial.
Appropriate Clothing and Shoes
If you plan a fishing trip in advance, there’s no way of knowing what the weather will be like. This is why it’s important to be prepared for any weather eventuality: sun, clouds, rain or even snow!
The best thing to do is bring lots of layers. Waterproof shoes are a must. They are always reliable, especially if it’s raining particularly hard and you have to walk back through a muddy area. A durable raincoat or poncho should also be on your ‘must-have’ list. Gloves and a hat are always useful for when it gets a bit colder too.
If the sun is shining, a good hat is a necessary addition to the sun cream mentioned earlier. Although shorts may be a more desirable option in the sun, light trousers add a protective layer against any lurking biting bugs.
Plenty of Water and Food
It’s likely that you will be in places where you can’t pop over to get a bottle of water and sandwich for lunch. If you’re outside all day, remember to keep hydrated and bring plenty of water with you. It is recommended that we should drink 1.2 liters of water a day, although this may seem like extra weight for your backpack, it is definitely an essential.
Bringing food or something to snack on while fishing is a necessity for maintaining energy throughout the day. Bringing a small cool bag is ideal. Alternatively, bring things which don’t need to be kept cold, such as crackers, snacks and fruit.
If you’re planning a weekend of fishing, you’ll certainly need more than just crackers and fruit to get by. If you plan on fishing all day, you’ll need a decent outdoor cooking oven.
Investing in a durable and versatile outdoor oven is ideal for fishing weekends. You’ll be able to make some great meals, beyond just regular barbecue food of sausages and burgers. If you find a good portable oven, you can bring some fresh ingredients from home and cook yourself some real delights while fishing. What’s more, a decent outdoor oven can also provide heat on a particularly cold day.
If you plan on cooking your freshly caught fish while away, be sure to bring a knife which is designed for gutting and cutting, plus a suitable surface to prepare the fish on.
A Handy Waterproof Bag
Water seems to get everywhere when fishing. Your wallet/purse, phone, camera and keys will all need to be kept safe and away from the water. While your pocket may seem like a safe place to keep stuff, this isn’t always the case. Bringing a small waterproof bag to put these items in will keep them nice and dry.
Hopefully this will get you off on the right foot before your next big fishing adventure, oh and don’t forget to take pictures!
About the Author:
Tim and Karen from Aquaforno are both lovers of the great outdoors and experts in outdoor living and lifestyle. As such, they have created the ultimate outdoor cooking experience for fishers, an outdoor pizza oven. As well as cooking food, you can also boil hot water for a lovely cup of tea while you fish!