#1 Prepare for your trip

Are you fishing by the calm water’s edge or have your mates planned a fishing trip on the boat? What you need to take will depend on where and when you’re fishing. If you’re going during the day, don’t forget sun protection, water and some light snacks, as well as all of the fishing equipment and bait! If you’re heading out in the late afternoon or evening, insect repellent could be a life saver.

#2 Do your homework

The best way to ensure your fishing trip is a success is to plan ahead accordingly. It’s a great idea to do some research into the fish that are commonly in the area, as well as the type of bait that will attract them. This information may change with the seasons, so if you’re planning a return trip after the success of your first, be sure to check up!

#3 Get a feel for your equipment

The little tasks in fishing—such as baiting a hook and casting your line—can be quite tricky to get the hang of. It can be best to practise your baiting techniques before heading out, however leave the casting for when you get to the water! After a few attempts, it shouldn’t take long to feel confident with the fishing procedures.

#4 Check the weather report

This may seem like an obvious one, but you may just forget in all the excitement and preparation. Especially if you are heading offshore, taking a quick look over the Bureau of Meteorology website to make sure conditions are, and will remain, wonderful for your trip, could save you from any surprises from above!

#5 Dress for success

Your wardrobe choice may be the last thing on your mind when going fishing, but it’s important to bring clothes that’ll keep you warm, cool or anything in between! Closed in, water-friendly footwear such as reef shoes are a great option for still water or beach fishing, simply to protect your feet from sharp objects. Reef shoes also tend to have great grip, making them a good choice for battling slippery, swaying boat floors.

Ready to take a break after your marine adventures? Pop in to one of these Whitsunday cafes!

SideWalk Cafe

If the pleasant Whitsunday sun has drained you of all your energy, refuel with some delicious food at SideWalk Cafe! As well as offering a tantalising selection of great food, you’ll be equally satisfied by the stunning views of Airlie Beach as you chow down. Whether you’re after breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails, the friendly team at SideWalk Cafe can attend to you cravings no matter what time you decide to wrap up your fishing expedition! Pop in today.
Where: Shop 1A Airlie Esp Airlie Beach QLD

Denman Beer Bar

Maybe you’re hankering for an ice-cold beer after your fishing spree? In that case, head over to Denman Beer Bar and let the friendly staff take care of you. You’ll be spoiled for choice as you select from almost 700 bottled beers and ciders to match your meal in their alfresco dining setting. Serving up a tempting range of food from tapas-style dishes, to seafood platters and paella, you simply can’t go wrong. Drop in for a tasty meal and crisp, cold drink any day of the week!
Where: 33 Port Dr Airlie Beach QLD

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