Fishing Checklist

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  • There are places that give fishing lessons and guided fishing trips. The best lesson is practice, practice and more practice!
  • This goes along with lessons and just hanging out experimenting with bait and hooks and lures. Lots of practice will get you the experience you need to be a good fisherman (or woman).
  • There is quite a bit of equipment to buy if you intend to be serious about fishing, so start out simple at first, and see if you will stick with it.
  • Fishing clubs are fun, and you can pick up tons of great information there, and lots of friends, too.
  • Check and make sure you have permission to fish from the owner of the area if it is not public.
  • Depending on the type of boat you use, make sure you have some of these on hand.
  • This is necessary for any boat, so stock up - you may need to pull yourself into a dock, tie up, or throw a life preserver or someone in the water.
  • Having the boat stay in the same place while you're fishing lets you take advantage of schooling areas where fish are plentiful.
  • These are required no matter where you fish at, so have at least two per boat.
  • For people who prefer to be comfortable while sitting down fishing, cushions do make it easier.
  • This does not need to be fancy, but it does need to hold all of the lures, bait and other things you will use.
  • This is an absolute must, because if the local authorities pull you over, and demand to see this, you have to have it.
  • Make sure that your rods are well taken care of, and inspect them on a regular basis.
  • You will need a variety for the different types of fish you may want to catch.
  • Again, a variety will be needed for different types of fish.
  • You will need both a fillet knife and a pocket knife for different uses.
  • This is needed to make sure that any fish you catch is legal to take home with you - you may have to toss it back in the water.
  • This is to check the size of the fish.
  • This is to take the hook out of the fish's mouth
  • Preferably rubber boots, top keep your feet dry.
  • This will help keep your head dry.
  • This goes over everything else to keep wind and rain off.
  • If you are an avid rainy day fisher, invest in a suit for extra mobility and comfort.
  • Drink water, and plenty of it, on a regular basis.
  • Wear it, don't be a fool!
  • Have at least a two-way radio, or cell phone available if you need help.
  • Agree on a time that you'll go back in, if you're in a group; that way, no one gets lost. Make sure people know where you are going and when you should get back.
  • Know who to contact, and when the appropriate time to do so is, should there be a problem.
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