How to Plan a Fishing Trip

Fishing is one of mankind’s oldest pastimes, and for good reason. In addition to being a decent source of food, fishing is a great way to relax and enjoy the fresh outdoor air. To maximize your enjoyment, it’s important that you adequately prepare for your fishing trip before you depart the marina in Annapolis. Here are a few suggestions to consider. fishing - trip

Get Licensed

First, it’s a good idea to visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website to see whether you and your companions need special licenses to drive a boat or fish in the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay. If you were born after July 1, 1972, state law requires you to take an online course before you can operate a boat. It’s worth noting that anglers under the age of 16 can fish without a sport fishing license.

Gear Up

For a successful fishing trip, you’ll need the right fishing gear. Visit a sporting goods store and ask an associate what gear you’ll need for the type of fishing you plan on doing. Basic fishing equipment includes a rod, lures, bobbers, and bait. It’s also a good idea to get a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen.

Pack Refreshments

Depending on how long you plan to be out on the water, you should consider bringing meals and refreshments. You might pack a sandwich for lunch, or just a bunch of granola bars to snack on. Water is particularly important, as dehydration can ruin your trip. Leave the alcohol at home; there’s a stiff penalty for driving a boating under the influence.

Prepare Your Boat

Lastly, you’ll need to make absolutely sure your boat can handle being on the water. If it’s been a while since you’ve taken it out, consider taking it to a boat mechanic to ensure that all its systems are working properly. If you fail to properly winterize your boat, for example, the gasoline inside your tank could become unusable.

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