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What to bring on a daily fishing trip

So you are about to start your first fishing trip? You don’t have an idea on what to bring? Well, I have good news for you, it is not complicated as you might think. Apart from bringing fishing equipment, there is no big difference between fishing and a regular trip.

Let me tell you what I bring on my regular fishing trip:

FOOD AND DRINKS

It is quite obvious, you have to eat something to remain focused on fishing. It is important to choose proper food for a day. The things I always bring with me:

home-made bread (my favorite recipe), pistachios, protein bars, crackers, and bananas

thermos with hot tea, 2l of water, orange juice

 

CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES

You have to be prepared for weather anomalies and other random events. Keep in mind that you are going to spend time surrounded by nature. Apart from obvious benefits, there are also some drawbacks – you are exposed to throng of different insects, such as mosquitos or forceps. The consequneces of getting bite by one of them may be tragic to you. That’s why I always take with me:

Anti-bug spray, raincoat, walkie-talkie, fleece, GPS, emergency kit, sunscreen protection cream, some cash for unexpected expenses.

CAMPING GEAR

Sea Storm

You have to be prepared for the worst scenario. In case of storm, you might get stuck on some small island or even worse, on the water. In order to survice you need some special equipment. That’s why I always bring with me:

Sleeping bags, flashlights, sleeping pad, matches, flare, personal flotation device, thermoactive appareal, and tent.

 

I hope that you will find this information useful and enjoy your first fishing trip. Fishing is a lot fun, but you need to be prepared for unexpected. As usual, I strongly advise on fishing on your own. Try to go there with at least one of your friends.

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Hooks

With all the development made in fishing techniques a lot of people are lurked to buying expensive equipment with hopes of becoming a better fisherman. All the sinkers and bobbers are worthless if you don’t have enough experience. To truly become a master of any activity you have to work. Even if you are somehow more talented than majority of fishers, you will not going to become outstanding without practicing. I am positive that if you ask any champion, they will give you almost the same answer – Hard work beats talent, if talent doesn’t work hard enough. It doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your whole life to learning how to fish. You have to do it on a weekly basis though. The more time you invest in practicing, the greater results you are likely to achieve. Now, basta, it is enough of this purely theoretical talk. Let’s focus on fishing equipment you need.

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Hooks

Stone Fish Hook

I always advise to use as small hooks as possible, especially if you try to catch small fishes. I prefer them, because they are sharper, less visible and lure fishes more effectively than bigger hooks.

There is no golden ratio of length/sharpness. However, I always try to examine their sharpness by pulling it across a fingernail. As long as hook leaves a scrape on your nail, it is sharp enough. Otherwise, you should consider switching a hook or sharpening it. There is no use in blunt hook, it will not get you any fishes.

Do not go with cheap hooks made of cartoon. Even though, they might be sharp all the time, they are made from inferior material and are not as durable as the ones made from steel or any other metal.

There is alternative to metal hooks – chemically sharpened hooks. They are of superior quality to metal and cartoon hooks, but it comes with a high price. Hence, I wouldn’t recommend them if fishing is just your hobby and you count money you spend.

Hook Sizes

Hook sizes vary from 1 to 32, where 1 is the widest one and 32 the tinniest one. It might be confusing at some points, because you would expect 1 to be the smallest one. Without more specifications, I am not able to advise you on choosing an appropriate hook’s size. You should talk to the dealer who supplies you with all the equipment. Once they get familiar with all the information, they will be able to actually advise you and find the best solution. Don’t be afraid of talking to them, they don’t bite and their knowledge is, on usual, immense.

The hook consists of 5 parts – point, barb, eye, curve and shank, opening. The point is a sharp end that actually holds the fish once it was caught. The barb is a semi-circle going from the point. The eye is the end of the fishhook that is linked to the string. The curve and shank is responsible for connecting the point and the eye. The opening is located between the shank and the point.

This is all you need to know about hooks. Stay tuned for new posts.