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3 Tips For Your First Family Fishing Trip

October 16, 2017

Ever thought about taking your family on a fishing trip? Whether it’s just for a day, or you decide to camp overnight, fishing can be a great way to get the family together, and spend some time outdoors and away from technology and television. Not only will you get some peace and quiet, but the kids will be able to learn about nature and of course, patience. However, fishing can be a little tricky; it involves certain equipment and expertise. Let’s take a look at some quick tips to ensure your first family fishing trip is a memorable experience.

Three Tips For Your First Family Fishing Trip

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1. Find The Right Fishing Equipment

For the actual fishing, you’ll need a few basic items: a fishing rod, reel, and some bait. Depending on the location you’ve picked and the type of fish you’re planning to catch, choose the appropriate bait that will attract these species most efficiently. Similarly, different fishing rods are suited to certain people, so make sure you do your research and pick something that has the correct length and weight. If you want to make sure you get your hands on the right equipment, try going into a store like Cabela’s where you can get the expert advice you need. In fact, this Cyber Week, Cabela’s is having huge sales that will save you money on fishing items that will last you for years.

2. Get Your Fishing License

No matter whether you’re a fishing enthusiast or just want to enjoy a casual day on the lake with your family, a fishing license is essential. While back in the day this may have been a much longer process, the beauty of the internet means that you can easily purchase your license online in a few easy steps. Depending on the state you’re fishing in, you’ll need to research the specific regulations and processes — length, price, and rules vary by state. For example, in Maine, it is compulsory to buy a freshwater license, and if you choose to fish in saltwater, then you will have to buy that license in conjunction. If you’re lucky, you may be able to come across a cheap or even free license for just a day of fishing, but it all depends on where and when you plan your trip.

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3. Pack Well

If you’ve been on a family trip before, you know that it can be chaotic and full of surprises. Therefore, it’s best to always come prepared with a variety of different tools and activities to keep the kids safe and entertained. Sunscreen, first-aid kits, bug spray, and scissors are some essential items you should pack in case of any emergencies. Depending on your child’s ability to swim, you may also consider packing floatation devices in case they fall in the water. While fishing can be relaxing, not being able to catch anything could get boring for your child. Try making it a good experience by teaching them about nature, and getting them excited the flora and fauna around them. You could also pack their favorite food and drinks or consider taking regular breaks where you go for walks and swims.

Going on the first family fishing trip can involve some research and planning, but the enjoyable time together outdoors will be worthwhile. Try following these quick tips to ensure that you remember all the right equipment and make it the best day possible.

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