Beginner’s Guide for Families who Would Like to Fish while on Camping Trips
Going camping is an amazing experience, as every experienced camper will tell you. While some people feel reluctant to spend even one day without the comfort of their home, those who are not afraid to spend time outdoors and are happy to take the whole family with them can really create some amazing memories and relax in the best possible way.
Camping allows us to reconnect with the world around us while making the most of the limited resources we have at our disposal. That’s why it might be a good idea to use your next camping trip to hone your fishing skills. However, before you start packing, there are some things you should really take into account.
What fish is available?
It makes sense to do a bit of research regarding the type of fish that can be found close to the place where you plan to set up your tent. You might realise that no matter how great the place is, the waters around it are not actually rich in fish, so taking your equipment would be futile.
If, on the other hand, you realise there is plenty of fish, you have to check whether you have the right equipment. Your rods, reels, tackles and baits may not be suitable for the particular type of fish and you’d only be wasting your time trying to make a catch with the wrong gear.
Basic fishing gear
As you probably know, it includes rods, reels, fishing lines, sinkers, hooks, baits, bobbers, and tackle boxes. When packing, make sure you start off with containers to hold and section off most of the gear. Packing the items in smaller groups will help you get organised, but make sure you use bags or containers to sort the items and keep them protected. Any sensitive equipment and accessories you may wish to use, such as a GPS system, should be packed securely and separately.
The hooks need to be secured properly, wrapped and packed so that you can’t get a nasty surprise if you reach into one of your bags or containers. Another sharp object you need is a knife or a multipurpose tool, which should be safely attached to its holster. All other valuables, such as your wallet and phone, need to be put in a special water-proof container that can be closed tightly.
Other necessary equipment
Depending on the selected camping spot, you have to take into account several other things. First of all, you and your family have to eat and drink while camping. So, if you’re staying for more than one day, make sure you have enough provisions (especially water). Don’t bring any food that can go bad easily, because you don’t want to spoil your stay by eating food that has gone off.
Fishing permits are another thing you should consider. While some places allow fishing without a permit, others are very strict about it, so make sure you check out the requirements in this respect. You should also get a comfortable fishing chair because you’ll be spending hours sitting on it. It’s also a good idea to bring a lamp in case you’re planning to do some fishing after the sunset. To pack all those things, you need to find a suitable backpack, which can hold all the items you need and which is strong enough to be carried around outside in different weather conditions.
Addition equipment you might need
Again, depending on the destination, you might need to pack some other equipment if you’re going camping and fishing. For example, a fire starter is often very useful and so is firewood. However, before you pack such items, you need to check if you’re allowed to use open fire in the first place. Some campsites allow fires, while others have a very strict policy that prevents you from using an open fire. In either case, you should get a good camping sleeping bag, since nights tend to be very cold, even during warmer seasons.
Another item that should find its way to your packing list is a first aid kit, which can be extremely useful if you suffer a minor injury, such as a cut. Next, pack some kind of sunblock, because you might have to spend a lot of time exposed to direct sunlight and you want to protect yourself from the adverse effects of sunlight. A raincoat should also be there, in case you want to continue fishing during the rain. Finally, make sure you have an appropriate trash bag or can to collect all your trash and a power-bank to help you keep your phone charged in case you have to use it.
Fishing requires patience, time and dedication. You have to be ready to spend hours or even days not having a single bite, but that shouldn’t frustrate you. Remember that instead of spending time outdoors you could be stuck in an office, under a lot of stress.
Wading through water can actually be dangerous, if you’re not wearing the right kind of boots or if you move too quickly. Moving slowly means you’ll be safer, but it’s also important because you don’t want to scare the fish. Sound travels far under the water and every sudden and rapid move will be noticed by the fish and they’ll simply leave the area.
If you’ve never been fishing, it’s advisable to go with someone who is experienced. They will not only reveal some tips and tricks to you, but will also help you avoid danger. Fishermen are known to be happy to share their knowledge and experience with everyone who expressed interest in this great hobby. If, on the other hand, you’re a seasoned fisherman, this might be a great opportunity to teach a family member or friend all the tricks you know.
Why is fishing good?
To begin with, there is the obvious benefit of spending time outdoors instead of sitting on the couch watching TV. It can also help you relieve stress and feel more relaxed. Just cast your line out and sit back and you’ll see how soothing the experience is. If you’re taking someone with you, chances are you’ll bond with them much more. It’s a great opportunity to catch up on each other’s lives or simply share stories.
There is also the element of eating healthy related to fishing. Your catch is a good source of nutritious food, especially when consumed fresh. Fish is low in fat and cholesterol, but high in protein, which makes it fantastic for the heart. Finally, fishing provides a sense of fulfilment. There is a special high in the challenge that is part of the experience of chasing a fish, matching wits with its and, hopefully, winning over it. Even if you don’t catch a fish, the process and experience are most certainly rewarding enough.