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Daniel Dabbs

Gone Fishin’ -- Everything You Need for the Ultimate Fishing Trip


Here at BattlBox, we like to think every day could be the perfect day for fishing. Why? Because even a bad day on the water is still better than a day inside.

While a lot goes into planning the ultimate fishing trip, we’ve outlined a few key things to consider. Keep these things in mind, and you’ll be on your way to catchin’ some quality fish.

1. Find the right spot - This is where you’ll need to do a little research. If you’re planning on camping too, make sure there’s a campground near you with enough room for all your gear, including your boat if you’re going that route. Most of our favorite fishing spots aren’t easily accessible to most, so make sure you know how to get there and back -- and make sure you can bring your vehicle, or be prepared to walk. See what’s typically caught in this area and come prepared. Check out this list for the best spots to fish in your area.

2. Move fast - Pack your bug out bag now, while there’s no sign of danger. Store it in a location that’s easily accessible to you when you have limited time. Have a family or a bug out crew? Make sure everyone is on the same page and understands your bug out plan, including where to meet in the event of a disaster. Don’t wait for neighbors and others around you to be ready; get yourself and your bug out crew moving as quickly as possible to get ahead.

3. Consider boat access - If you’re fishing on a river or stream where you can fish from shorelines, bridges, or other spots, then you probably don’t need a boat. But if you’re heading to a large lake or ocean where the best fish are found far out along the horizon, you’ll need to do some extra research and planning. Boat rentals aren’t bad if you plan ahead, but if you’ve got a boat, you’re already a step ahead. Find the best spot to get in and find out if you’ll need to pay any extra fees.

4. Research licensing requirements - Most places require a fishing license and/or a boating license. Don’t try to get past this; just be proactive and pay for it now. See if you’ll need any extra permits depending on where you’re heading, and make sure you’re up to date on your boat insurance or registration.

4. Pack extra gear - Bad weather can ruin a good fishing trip, so bring your quality rain gear, waterproof clothing, and lots of layers. Getting lost can ruin a fishing trip even more than inclement weather can, so bring a portable sonar, GPS, and a map -- just in case. Oh, and a life jacket -- just do it.

4. Don’t underestimate the first aid kit - Pack some extra skin protection -- sunscreen, sunglasses, bug repellant, etc. -- to go along with the typical first aid kit items. Keep all of these items stored in a waterproof case.

4. Pack those tools - In addition to your tackle box, you’ll need a few other things. Consider bringing a few knives. Plus, make your life a little easier when you’re out there by adding a multi-tool like this Walton’s Thumb Fisherman Multi-Tool.

4. Don’t pass on the camera - You know, so you can document “the one that got away” before it, well, you know.

Bonus: check out Mission 18 - Fishing Box for some more gear recommendations, or purchase it from the shop to stock up! 

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