Fishing is a fun and relaxing activity that allows you to connect with nature. You can also use the time to bond with friends or family and get some exercise. If you want to try the sport for the first time, learn more about the supplies you should bring and other tips to help create a more enjoyable experience.


If you have a free weekend or a vacation planned, try bringing a fishing pole and other supplies to the nearest lake, river or pond. You can enjoy many benefits when fishing, such as:

  • Quality time: Take your friends or a few family members and bond overthis outdoor activity.
  • Confidence and thrill: Catching fish can create a strong sense of accomplishment and add excitement as you feel the first tug and reel in your catch.
  • Calming effects: Being in nature and spending time with loved ones creates a sense of calm. Fishing is also a simple repetitive activity, allowing you to relax and enjoy the process.
  • Exercise: Luring in fish, casting out a line, walking to a fishing spot and staying steady on a boat allow anglers to keep active.
  • Healthy meal: If you catch and eat fish, you can benefit from a low-fat, high-protein meal with vitamins and minerals.


You will enjoy the most success during your fishing trips by packing the right supplies. As you start to determine everything you need to fish, a good place to begin is to ensure that you can legally cast a line in whatever state or province you visit. You can do this by getting a fishing license. Look up the fishing license requirements for the area you plan to fish in to be sure you are fully qualified.

After getting a fishing license, you need fishing gear. Start basic and stick to a budget. You can still get quality fish with less expensive equipment. Start with a simple pole and reel, matching it to the size of fish you plan to catch. Bring a net as well to help gather fish when you hook them on your line. Then, choose live bait or lures. For live bait, you can visit a local tackle shop or even unearth bugs and worms in your yard.

Once you have your fishing gear, there are some additional supplies you will need to stay safe. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat to protect yourself from harmful sun rays and make it easier to see on the water. If you plan to fish from a boat, bring motion sickness medicine and a life jacket to make the experience more enjoyable and safe. Also, pack a first aid kit to patch up any injuries you may face while fishing.


Every fishing spot is a little different. Knowing which environment suits your needs helps you benefit from a more fulfilling trip for your first time fishing. You have two main location options: freshwater and saltwater.


Among freshwater fishing options, you can choose from ponds, lakes and rivers. The easy accessibility of these fishing spots makes freshwater a good choice for beginners. Freshwater locations also tend to have smaller fish, so they are easier to catch even with less expensive gear. Additionally, you can fish from shore or a bridge, meaning you do not need a boat or kayak. If you want to do the activity on vacation, many Kampgrounds of America locations have lake access, so you can go fishing close to your vacation spot.


Now that you know a little about fishing, you can follow a few do’s and don’ts of fishing etiquette for the best experience. When fishing, do:

  • Go with the flow, including the weather, fish and other anglers.
  • Try new fishing spots.
  • Pass your passion on to others.
  • Do research or talk to the locals for better success.


  • Put off fishing. Time flies. Make the most of it by planning your next fishing trip.
  • Forget any gear, especially a net.

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