Going to the local river or lake for a fishing game doesn’t require too much preparation except for waking up early in the morning and bringing your fishing gear with you. However, things change drastically if you plan on going on a full outdoor adventure, hundreds of miles away from your comfort zone, into the wild.
If you’re an avid angler, you must at least dream of catching trout, bass, tuna or exotic fish in the wildest waters of India, the Mediterranean Sea or the Atlantic Ocean, and not close to the Florida Keys. So, if you’re already preparing for a fishing adventure far from home, here are some things you need to take into account to get back safe.
Never go without a fishing license or permit
You won't need a fishing license to catch regular fish in the Atlantic Ocean waters but most national parks, reserves, and fishing spots require a valid fishing permit. Whether we’re talking about North America, India or Sicily, don’t forget to have your documents in order before going fishing.
Check with the local authorities or go online to find out where you can take the license from. Hotels abroad located near popular fishing spots will help you get the permit in a matter of minutes, so don’t hesitate to ask for the staff’s advice.
Check the weather and the fishing season
Although lakes and rivers all around the world are filled with thousands of species of fish, few places keep the fishing season open all-year-round. Certain fish are only allowed to be caught during the summer months or from early spring to late fall.
Check with the local authorities to know the exact fishing restrictions and what types of fish you are allowed to catch during your trip. If you can, plan your fishing trip so that you can enjoy all the fish in the water, including bass, trout, tuna, catfish or carp.
It is also advisable to know in advance what type of fishing you’ll practice so you can pack your tools accordingly. If you will be casting from a boat, these canoes recommended by Fisherpants represent great choices for professionals and newbies alike.
You should also pick the right tools according to the types of fish you are most likely to encounter, as well as the type of water (saltwater or freshwater). Don’t forget that some reels and casts aren’t meant to be used in saltwater because they will corrode.
After you carefully chose your fishing gear and accessories, it’s high time you thought about the rest of your pack. Start with proper, season-appropriate clothing and don’t forget that you will be spending most of the day outside, from the earliest morning hours when it can get foggy and chillier.
That being said, you’ll need clothes and shoes that will protect you from the sun, rain, wind, and extreme temperatures. Insulated jackets and waders are a must, as well as proper fishing boots if you’re fishing from the shore. Sunscreen and a protective hat are also mandatory all-year-round as the weather can be deceiving, especially when you’re on a boat.
Don’t forget about your sleeping bag, an extra blanket, a tent if you’re planning on staying over the weekend or for an entire week, pillows, and toiletries. You should also bring all the cooking tools required to prepare a delicious lunch, as well as a backup supply of food in case you don’t get lucky with your fishing skills.
Have a sense of direction
Flyfishing in a remote location may sound like the perfect way to spend an outdoor weekend but you need to be careful when planning your trip. If you don’t know well the surroundings, it is always best to rely on a map or a GPS to help guide you out even when there isn’t any phone service in the area.
It doesn’t matter how good of a fisherman you are if you cannot orient and trust you won’t be dragged by the rapid waters in places you haven’t seen before. Security comes first and you should always let your friends or family know where you will be before packing for your fishing trip.