TIPS TO GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR FISHING TRIP
Fishing travel is the ultimate escape for anglers. Exploring new waterways in remote or exotic locations and targeting new fish species is an incredible experience.
Although dedicated fishing trips are the preferred choice among serious anglers, a fishing excursion can be a part of any business or family trip. Try to keep a day or two free during a family holiday or extend a business stay over the weekend. This is a sure way to sneak in that much-needed fishing fix and hit the refresh button.
Here are some handy tips to ensure that your fishing travel always goes to plan.
TRAVEL FISHING RODS
One-piece fishing rods can be an absolute headache to travel with. Many airlines have length restrictions, so always double check the rules. Being told at the check-in desk that they won’t accept your rod tube is an exercise in panic and frustration and not something I’d recommend to anyone.
The upside to this conundrum is that modern multi-piece rods are reliable and widely available in a range of sizes and styles. Fishing rod blank technology has advanced tremendously in recent years and most contemporary multi-piece rods feel and perform like a single blank.
PROTECT AND ENCASE YOUR FISHING RODS AND REELS
Avoid travel disasters by ensuring that your rods, reels, and terminal tackle are adequately protected in rod tubes, reel cases and tackle boxes. This is especially important if you’re travelling with irreplaceable equipment into a remote region.
SPARE PARTS AND MAINTENANCE
Make sure you carry at least two of everything. Choose versatile rods that can handle a variety of applications. Spin outfits are a wise choice.
Reels pack well into shoes and socks so make sure you have a few sizes and backups. Spool them with different line weights so that you can quickly swap. Take spare spools of mainline and various leader options.
Do some homework on the most appropriate lures for the likely target species and stock up on the most trusted lures. Limit hardbodies to a few designs in various colours and pack plenty of soft plastics. Plastics are versatile, light, and pack down well.
Ensure you carry a basic maintenance kit. This should include reel oil and grease, and tools to access and service reels. Broken rod tips are an inconvenient but common occurrence. Pack spare rod tips in various sizes to quickly repair rods to a functional capacity.
FIND A LOCAL FISHING GUIDE
It takes time to develop knowledge on specific fishing locations and weather conditions. Therefore, without local knowledge, you’re at an immediate disadvantage. The best way to get a head start is to hire local fishing guides.
A local guide will fast track you to the most productive techniques and habitats. Even for an extended stay, it’s a good idea to hire a guide for the first few days to get you into the zone and build confidence.
INSECT REPELLENT AND SUNSCREEN
If you’re heading to tropical or exotic locations, don’t forget the insect repellent! Despite the crystal-clear waters, golden sands, and sheer beauty of many tropical locations, they are riddled with all sorts of nasty bugs. From parasites to venom, tropical creatures can bring your fishing adventures to an abrupt halt or send you home with a debilitating disease.
Make sure you pack a DEET-based repellent but wash your hands thoroughly before touching anything. Deet has a reputation for melting plastics. Pack common medications that may not be readily accessible in foreign or remote areas. In regions where malaria is present, ensure you take the appropriate anti-malarial tablets and sleep under a mosquito net.
Tropical heat can also be exhausting so cover up with a hat, light clothing sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
Like any fishing outing, preparation is important. The difference with fishing travel is that you can’t afford any oversight to ruin the trip. Well-planned fishing travel is an unforgettable experience. Just keep your fingers crossed that the fish cooperate.
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