After a long, hard week on the job, there’s nothing like a good day of fishing. However, before casting your line, there are at least three things you should know.
How to Find the Right Place & Time
- The fish bite most during feeding time when mosquitos and bugs are most active. In summer, that’s early morning and late evening. In the spring and fall, it’s best to go out around dusk.
- If you’re near the beach, check the tidal schedule and go out when the tides are changing. Fish move in greater numbers during tidal shifts.
- Be aware of cold fronts and heavy rain, since these can limit your chances of making a catch.
- While it’s important to plan, you don’t have to overdo it. Even if you don’t catch the big one, sometimes it’s just good to sit in the sun enjoying a few cold ones with a friend.
How to Dress for Success
- Ensure that you’ll be comfortable all day by stocking up on the kind of versatile gear found at top retailers such as Carhartt. Every fisherman needs a hat, rain gear, and some fast-drying items to fight hot weather and fast-moving afternoon storms.
- Check the weather report before trip day to stay ahead of the elements.
- No matter what the forecast, every angler needs good, rugged boots they can trust to keep their feet protected.
How to Gear Up
- Every fisherman needs to have the right tools for the job. Invest in a quality rod and reel and you’ll thank yourself later.
- Depending on what kind of fish you’re after, you’ll need different kinds of lures and bait. Do a little research before heading to the bait shop.
- Keep all your tackle organized, so you can spend more time enjoying your trip rather than hunting for weights at the bottom of a messy tackle box.
- Always take care of your equipment. By keeping your hooks sharp and your reels clean, you’ll save time and money and catch more fish.
Now that you have the basics down, it’s time to load up the truck, grab your lucky hat, and hang up your Gone Fishin’ sign. The fish are waiting.