Looking for a fishing trip packing list?
If you’re like me, you have fond memories of going on a fishing trip with your family growing up. But, if you’re also like me, you’re not much of a sportswoman and don’t exactly know what to bring fishing.
What to bring fishing? Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered with my fishing trip packing list. Geeves is here to save the day. You may be on a fishing charter that has all the necessary equipment. Or, maybe you’re going yourself.
In this blog, I’ll share…
- What to bring fishing
- What not to bring fishing
- How to use your best judgement on your fishing trip
- Amazon shopping lists so you can shop direct
Before We Begin
To make shopping for your fishing trip easier, I’ve created a Fishing Trip Packing List you can shop directly on Amazon. Look out for “Shop Now” button in each section (below).
Follow the easy steps:
Step 1: Find your packing list below
Step 2: Click on the Amazon “Shop Now” button to start shopping
Step 3: Add items to your shopping cart
It’s that easy!
[Please note: this post was originally published in July 2020 and updated Jan 2022]
What to Bring Fishing: My Fishing Trip Packing List
What to Keep in Your Wallet
- Fishing license
- Insurance Card
if you go to ER. Hey! Fishing injuries can happen.
How to Carry it All
- Waterproof bag
For clothing and other essentials.
- Waterproof phone carrying case
- Waterproof fanny pack
What’s in the Bag
- Cell phone
- Car charger kit
in case you lose signal
- First Aid Kit
- Hand Sanitizer
- Over the counter remedy for sea sickness
don’t be the person that pukes
- Fish informational pamphlet
you kinda need to know the fishing regulations
- Rain ponch
- Water bottles
or other drinks
no one likes a hangry fisherwoman aboard!
hand towel & body towel
- Foldable Chair
a lot of hurry up & wait, get cozy
- Picnic Blanket
- Hot Cocoa in a Stanley Vacuum Bottle
- Sports Sunglasses
- Bug Spray
- Go Pro
- 3 Way GoPro Accessory
Necessary Fishing Equipment
Fishing Equipment and Tools
- Bait & Tackle Box
Use the associated rods, lines, and reels for the type of fishing you’re doing. If you’re not sure what you’ll need for the specific fish you’re catching or how to use equipment, go to a tackle shop the day of and they’ll help you.
- Bring two tackle boxes
- 1 small: holds immediate essentials. You’ll carry this box down to the dock (or wherever you’re fishing)
- 1 large: holds extra supplies, tools, and equipment. You’ll leave this in your car in case you need it.
to scoop up fish
- Tape Measure
is your fish’s size legal to catch?
how much does your fish weigh?
- Additional fishing rod
in case your 1st is ruined or gets taken by fish
What Clothing to Wear Fishing
Clothing & Boots
- Waterproof overalls
- Non skid rubber boots or closed toe shoes
- Long sleeved shirts
- Heated Vest
- Extra pair of socks
in case yours get soaked
- A change of clothes
who knows if you’ll get wet or smelly
- UV Protected Clothing
the rays can be harsh after hours in sun
- Mosquito Net Hat
How to Store Your Fish
to transport fish home
so they stay nice & fresh
after your big catch!
So, we’ve covered what to bring fishing…
Here’s What NOT to Bring on Your Fishing Trip:
- Illegal substances
- Illegal drugs
- Drugs not prescribed to you (if they are, bring bottle)
Fishing in Maine: A Great Fishing Trip in Rangeley Lake
What’s it like fishing in Rangeley Lake? What kind of fish you can catch there?
Tips to Use Your Best Judgement on Your Fishing Trip
There’s a lot that can go wrong if you’re not smart. Here are things you should consider when going on a fishing trip.
1. Don’t go fishing without a fishing license.
2. Don’t forget to bring sun blocking essentials (sunblock, hat, long-sleeved shirt, etc.)
3. Look up the weather so you know how to dress
4. Book a fishing charter in advance
5. Research the fish in the area you’re going to. Also if you can, ask a local fisherman (you can find one at the bait & tackle shops in the area) for more information.
6. Follow the guidelines in that region. Don’t catch more fish than is legal to do so.
7. Be sure to measure the fish as per the requirements.
8. Look up sea conditions ahead of time.
9. Keep in mind what essentials you’ll need for the type of fishing trip you have planned. For example, what you’ll need for lake fishing is different than what you’ll need for sea fishing. (rods, lines, reels, etc.)
10. Take extra spool with you. Who knows if yours gets caught or dropped in the water and you end up needing way more.
11. You’d think this goes without saying but… don’t be the person that goes to jail on your fishing trip. Follow the law and everyone will have a good time.
I hope my handy little Fishing Trip Packing List comes in handy for you on your next fishing trip!
To get inspiration, read about my adventures fishing at Rangeley Lake in Maine!
If you could catch any fish, what would it be? And would you bring it home for dinner?
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