Plan a fishing trip in France
Whether you’re taking your truck, RV, boat, or traveling across the country, planning a fishing trip can be stressful, which isn’t the point of the trip! So here are some tips to get you ready for a successful, fish-filled, stress-free trip.
Know your location
Knowing where you are applies to many different considerations:
What is the weather forecast? Rain ? The wind ? Temperature ? These are important factors that will affect not only your comfort, but also the fishing.
What species are present and which ones are you targeting? It will change your gear, bait, and more.
Are there fishing guides in the area?
Will the area be busy when you get there? A parking ? Will the best places be busy? You may need to get there early in the morning.
Are there grocery stores nearby? Restaurants ? A supply store?
What are the water levels at your location? Is there a spring where you can check the water flows to make sure they are good before you go? Also the water temperature.
If you think about all of these things ahead of time, you’ll be much more likely to fish, be safe, and have a good time.
Hire a fishing guide
We understand that this may not be in the budget of your fishing trip, and that’s completely normal. But if you have a little extra budget for your trip, hiring a guide is one of the best things you can do. You’ll be supporting a local organization, you’ll probably learn a lot about the area you’re fishing in (which will make your other days more productive), you’ll discover a river with someone who will take you to the best spots, help you, and who has on a mission to make your experience unforgettable.
One of the fastest ways to learn about fishing is from someone who knows a lot. A fishing guide, budget permitting, is almost always a good idea.
Pack good food (or plan food plans)
Food can make or break a trip. Before you go there, you should have food plans drawn up. At a minimum, you need to know if you need to bring all your food, or if you can take advantage of local restaurants or grocery stores for where you’re traveling. Even if you’ve planned dinners each day, you’ll need quality snacks and lunches while you’re out on the river. Of course, we recommend packing healthy snacks or backpack food for long trips, but sometimes it’s nice to pack a few treats to treat yourself.
Look for river conditions and hatching
You need to know if the water is high, low, hot or cold. Knowing the conditions will help you to catch more fish, but more importantly to know if it is a good destination or not. If a river is in flood, a lake is frozen, or the water is too warm, fishing conditions may not be conducive to catching fish. You need to know this in advance. Facebook groups are great resources as most areas have local groups with people who are willing to answer questions about river or lake conditions.
Bring the right gear
This is a point, which is closely related to knowing the conditions, location and weather in advance. If it is going to be cold or if it is likely to rain, it is better to have a raincoat. If you are going to be in the sun all day, better have sunscreen and sunglasses.
It’s always best to bring a backup fishing rod in case something happens and a rod breaks. It happens, and a rescue cane can save your trip. If you plan to fish in different conditions or different bodies of water, having the right rods, reels and rig hardware is essential in order to have an optimal setup for any conditions you may encounter. .
Don’t forget a first aid kit and sunscreen. Be careful when handling hooks and hooked fish, so as not to injure yourself. Everyone has snagged on a hook at one time or another, you’ll be glad you have a first aid kit when they do. It’s also important to stay hydrated, so bring plenty of water. Try to avoid direct sunlight and look for areas where there is shade. Keep your snacks nearby and sufficient food supplies, if you are going on a longer fishing trip.
These rules are even more true when you are on a boat, it is very important to be prepared to face the wind, the rain or other situations that may arise.
- Sun glasses
- enough bait
- enough fishing line
- spare fishing rod
- a waterproof and windproof layer.
- a first aid kit
- Solar cream
- water reserve
If you need help choosing the best fishing equipment, we advise you to visit this site specialized in fishing.
Know the rules and regulations
Be a responsible fisherman and make sure you have acquired the proper fishing license and follow all the rules and regulations of where you are fishing. In many areas there are laws on fish release, barbless hooks, artificial lures only, catch limits, size limits, and open and closed seasons. Make sure you know these rules and follow them for the bodies of water you are going to visit.
Ask your questions on the Facebook sites in your area, members will be happy to answer them.
Bring a camera
We always recommend that you bring a camera. It doesn’t have to be a fancy DSLR, but rather a GoPro, your iPhone, or whatever device can take about decent pictures. If you catch a monster, you’ll want to document it. And even if you don’t, taking photos will help you keep that memory forever. You will never regret bringing a camera, only not having one when you really need it.
Prepare your equipment before leaving
When you’re in a rush to leave, you inevitably forget things. This is why we always suggest that you pack your bags the day before your departure, or a few hours before.
Someone who is prepared ahead of time is more likely to have everything they need, and probably even bring a few extra comfort items that will make your trip more enjoyable. The goal is never to add stress, and packing in advance will absolutely reduce your stress.
This includes everything you take with you, from permits to snacks. Make sure your permit/license is kept in a safe place away from potential water damage. Have at least a few extra tackle and rods handy. If you are planning a longer fishing trip, especially on a boat, a portable freezer, such as this from Dometic, or coolers can be very useful for storing quality meals.