When it comes to living in civilized society, it doesn’t really matter what you wear; protective clothing is sometimes needed, but not absolutely essential when walking from your car to your front door.
But when it comes to outdoor activities, you will definitely want outdoor clothing that can shield you from the harshest of Nature’s elements. According to Statista, the top most popular outdoor activities in 2012 were hiking, camping, biking, and fishing.
Fishing is one of those sports that involves a lot of time, patience, and gear. The worldwide fishing industry employs an estimated 200 million people, and generates $80 billion a year — but commercial fishing isn’t what you’re after today. Instead, you’re ready to take the family on a relaxing fishing trip.
Besides bringing the essential camping gear, here’s what you’ll need to bring on your fishing trip:
Outdoor Clothing: When it comes to outdoor clothing, think layers. If you’re fishing from the ocean, it is usually 10 to 20 degrees colder than inland, so you should consider bringing a few wool sweaters to put on when you’re on the boat.
Conditions on the water can change in a matter of minutes, so it’s best to be prepared for the worst — and that means bringing plenty of waterproof clothing as well as an water-wicking fiber material.
If the temperature is hot or humid, shorts and a tshirt are a great option,though you should still bring a warmer layer just in case. Those who fish on a regular basis normally wear shorts or pants with a lot of pockets in order to carry their fishing gear and keep it organized.
When it comes to footwear, most outdoor clothing stores will have waterproof boots or flat, non-slip water shoes that you and your family can wear. Expect your feet to get wet — that’s just what happens when you go fishing.
Fishing Gear: There are many different kinds of fishing, but many of these different fishing niches require some of the same equipment.
- Fishing Reels and Rods
- Line (check for twists, knots, etc.)
- Tackle Box for hooks, sinkers, bobbers, and lures
- Fishing hat (you don’t want sunburn from sitting out all day!)
- Sunscreen, for when you forget your hat
- Live bait such as worms, nightcrawlers, maggots, mealworms, or grasshoppers. You’ll want live bait because it works better to attract fish
- Food and drink for you and the family
- Insect repellent if you plan on fishing from ponds or streams
Be sure to look online for what the best gear for fishing beginners is. Many stores will often let you rent out some of the more expensive equipment if you don’t wish to purchase it.