#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.
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