For people who like fishing, they generally love it. There’s something about it that appeals to a certain culture, a certain mindset, a certain personality, a certain need or desire. But, you can’t have a successful fishing trip without the right gear. And this gear is going to be different for different people, but many of the same categories are involved.
So, before you head out on your next trip into the watery wild, remember to get set with your outfit, your poles, your license if necessary, your boat of choice, and your plans to either go with someone or head out alone and solitary.
Having solid fishing apparel is important for a number of reasons. First, there’s safety. Being out on the water, you need clothes that aren’t going to cause safety issues with drowning or catching on equipment. You also want appropriate protection from the weather. Certain types of clothing (like the classic fisherman’s vest) also has a practical purpose of having the right kind of pockets for storage within arm’s reach.
One of the most important pieces of equipment for a fisherman is the choice of fishing pole. This is a deeply personal decision, and will affect the outcome of the trip potentially drastically. The strength and length, the types of hooks and bait, the feel – all of these factors will not only affect your ability to catch fish, but also your ability in general to enjoy yourself. Lousy equipment with any activity is going to put a damper on your fun, but excessively so with regard to fishing.
Many states require a fishing license. This isn’t something that you want to get fined for just because you weren’t paying attention. In the realm of social media these days, it’s easier than ever to get caught doing something that you aren’t supposed (especially with regard to hunting and fishing), so it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry these days. A simple internet search will tell you everything you need to know.
Your Boat of Choice
Fishing will also be very different depending on your choice of boat. Do you want a motor or not? How big does your boat need to be? Does it have room to carry your equipment and can safely have a container for all of the fish you catch? These are important considerations before you head out.
Your Choice of Companion
And it’s a little bit tongue in cheek to say that your companion is a piece of gear on a fishing trip, but it’s a valid concern. Make sure that you choose someone that you’re comfortable with. It can be someone who’s quiet, or passionate about fishing, or pleasantly competitive – that part is up to you. Just be sure it’s someone that you enjoy their presence.