I have great summer memories of getting up early to go fishing on a local lake. There was but one time that was not really fun and that was because I was not prepared. So, what do you need to go fishing on a lake?
Let’s start from the beginning; every good fisher gets a good night’s sleep because everyone knows, fishing early is the best time. Get out there with a well-rested mind and body!
Now before we get too complicated, let’s start simple. The three main important things a fisher needs is a fishing pole with hooks and bobbers, live bait, and a well-rounded bucket if you plan to have a fish fry! First, check the pole to make sure nothing is broken and the line is fed through. Once I went a forty-five-minute drive just to find out my fishing line was snapped and empty! Likewise, you have to make sure you have enough bait. Think about how much time you want to spend fishing; a couple hours? a day? It’s a necessity to have plenty of bait to lure the fish to your hook. Here is a visual of what you will need.
Pack a lunch
Along with your supplies, you can’t forget your lunch! Casting on an empty stomach can really wear a guy down; so, make sure you pack plenty of food and water! Adding on to your health safety, remember to bring sunscreen and some head protection. Unlike most natural parks, the lake does not have anything to cast a shadow to protect you from the sun; so, bring sunblock to protect your skin and wear light clothing to reduce any potential heat strokes. Like everything else, it’s great to have fun, but your safety matters more!
Now for the big things. You cant get on the water without a boat. Unless you plan to fish off of the pier (which is totally cool; especially for sunsets!) your going to need some aquatic vehicle. If you have one, great! Hitch it up and make your way to the lake! If you don’t bring some extra cash or your credit card to rent one. Meanwhile, do some research and find out if the lake you plan to go to actually has boat rentals. Be prepared! Some lake facilities do not lend or charge extra for a motor. If this is the case, be ready to paddle or row.
Now that you have everything, there is one last thing: a mindset for a great day! This is what makes fun as fun so prepare yourself for an awesome time!