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What Should You Bring on a Fishing Trip?

January 2nd, 2013 Seasonal

If you've never been fishing before, now's as good a time as any to get out there and give it a shot! There are plenty of things to bring with you, though not all are necessary. It's generally a good idea to err on the side of caution by packing less weight, especially if you're trying to bring your gear on a boat with you. However, if you could use a few hints, here are some key items you should think about bringing along.

1. Food and drink. Keep the food relatively light, both in terms of weight and how it sits in your stomach. Sandwiches work well. It's not a bad idea to bring a few bottles of water with you. If you're with adults, you could consider carrying some beer as well, but try not to overdo it - the natural swaying of the boat can make you sleepy or cause seasickness!

2. Skin care. Since you're likely to be spending a lot of time in the sun, you'll want to make sure you aren't susceptible to burns. Sunblock of at least SPF 15 is essential, and this is the perfect opportunity to pick up a floppy fisherman's hat. Bring a poncho with you, too - you never know when it's going to start raining!

3. Other gear. Many anglers like to have a camera ready to go in case they land a big catch and want to document it. If you keep a notebook to log your catches, be sure to bring that in a waterproof bag. It may be a good idea to bring an extra change of clothes with you as well, just in case you accidentally fall in the water or get caught in a rainstorm!