Camping and fishing have always gone hand in hand. They’re like hot dogs and baseball games, campfires and marshmallows, or cheese puffs and pickles (try it sometime).
Here at KOA, we know the value of a relaxing weekend spent angling at the lake, stream, or river. Having the right equipment preparing for some of the curve balls Mother Nature is bound to throw your way can make a big impact on your experience.
So in the interest of making sure you don’t let “the Big One” get away, we’ve compiled some tips, tricks, and resources to make your fishing trip successful.
If you don’t currently own any fishing equipment and aren’t quite ready to take the wader-clad plunge, check with a local sporting goods store or tackle shop as they sometimes rent out fishing equipment.
Or maybe you’ve mulled it over and finally decided that now’s the time to purchase fishing equipment of your very own. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Know what kind of fishing rod or pole you want. Fishing poles and rods come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and costs. Know what kind of use you want first, then invest in your rod, to get the most out of your fishing equipment. Do a little research beforehand to find the best fit.
- Get the essential gear. Fishing line and hooks are of course essential, but you’ll likely need a fishing knife and tools like pliers or forceps. Depending on what kind of fishing you want to do, you might also want to grab bobbers and weights.
- Unless you’re using a bare hook (good luck), you need some sort of attractor. Attractors range from big, gooey worms to simple metal plates to intricate flies. Depending on what fish you’re looking to bait and where your fishing, it might help to ask the locals what to use for bait.
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If you already have equipment of your own, here’s a quick checklist to go over before you head out for the first time:
- Wipe down and clean all of your rods and check your ferrules (that joint that connects the pieces on a two-piece fishing rod).
- Wipe down and clean all of your reels (nobody likes a slob). Make sure to oil and lube your reels where your manufacturer recommends.
- Take an inventory on your tackle or fly box. Replace any old, broken lures, sinkers, and hooks.
- Replace all monofilament line. Monofilament line deteriorates, gets brittle and loses strength and should be replaced yearly.
You’ve got your fishing hole of choice. Now…how exactly do you fish? Don’t worry; we have a couple of sites to help you figure it out. These sites are great resources for fledgling fishermen and aspiring anglers. They cover everything from how to handle a hook to how to ID your catch.
For those of you that might enjoy throwing around a fake bug on a string, check out Fly Anglers Online, a fantastic site for all of your fly fishing questions.
To make your fishing experience great