Let’s Go Fishing! (Checklist)

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download_checklistTo get the most out of your next family fishing trip, it’s important to plan ahead. Make sure that you have the right gear, the right bait, some basic supplies, and also plenty of time to enjoy the trip with your family. Also, take some time to study where you’ll be going and the easiest way to get there. Then once you’re there, look for the easiest access to the water while always keeping safety in mind.

Below is a helpful checklist of some of the essential items you’ll want to take with you. You may want to bring more, but it is a good guide that will help you get the most from your next fishing trip.

1). Fishing license! Check the local state and municipal regulations regarding licensing. You may or not need one, but make sure you follow the rules.

2). The right gear. Make sure you bring rods and reels that are designed for the members of your family. Zebco builds combos for all ages, including models that are specifically designed for young children – some even float if they get accidentally dropped in the water!

3). A simple tackle box with basic items like hooks, bobbers and sinkers. Even small tackle boxes will allow you to hold a good supply of these along with some other lures like crank baits, spinner baits and soft plastic worms. It’s always best to keep the selection to a minimum to avoid complicating things.

4). Live bait (worms, minnows, etc.) should be purchased on the way to the lake or pond to make sure that they are as fresh as possible.

5). A first aid kit should always be close at hand.

6). Protect your skin with sunscreen, insect repellent and hand sanitizer.

7). A fishing towel for each person to wear on their hip.

8). Needle nose pliers are great for pulling hooks from the fish, and a small knife is always handy to have as well.

9). Snacks and bottled water will help keep everyone happy.

10). The camera! Don’t forget to document those big catches and all the other great moments!

This list is certainly not a complete list of items to bring, but it is a great start. You know best what the needs of your family are, so make sure that you’ve covered all the bases. We believe fishing should be a stress-free activity and doing some simple pre-planning goes a long way to making your next fishing trip one that is safe and full of great memories.