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The 5 Stages of Every Fishing Trip

Wed, Mar 09, 2016 at 1:00PM

If you’ve been fishing for a while now, you’ve probably grown accustomed to the routine—pack, fish, reflect on your catch and repeat! In today’s blog, we’re breaking down the basic fishing trip into five familiar stages you and your crew might be able to relate to.

Pre-excursion preparations

The morning or night before your fishing trip, you’re probably excitedly packing your gear and getting ready for the day ahead. As you stow your tackle box in the car or whip up your famous chicken sandwiches for the trip, you are no doubt looking forward to the catches you’ll make, the thrill of being on the open water and—perhaps most importantly—the company of good friends on the water.

Finding the perfect spot

Many anglers have a favorite spot they like to frequent on their fishing trips—but if you’re in the mood to try something new, you’ll be sure to spend a while finding that perfect location on the water.

Waiting for—and landing—your first catch

Next comes the crucial (and sometimes time-intensive) task of landing your first catch. Depending on your location, the weather, the time of year and a number of other factors, this might be relatively easy or a bit more difficult. Now is the time to perfect new strategies or practice your patience in order to come away successful.

A break for lunch

Whether your time out on the water was successful, or you don’t have much to show for it, every trip has the chance to end on a positive note by capping it off with a delicious lunch. You and your crew might munch on the snacks and sandwiches you prepared earlier, or you can always opt to enjoy lunch at your favorite waterfront café. No matter where you choose to dine, this is a great time to reflect on your day on the water and share a few laughs.

The ride home

Finally, after you and your crew are thoroughly worn out from the combination of sun and surf, it’s time to head back home. After you’ve pulled into the marina or hitched up your boat for the ride home, you’re ready to unwind and relax—and, of course, make plans to do it all over again.

Do you go through these stages or similar ones when you go out fishing—or do you follow a routine that’s uniquely yours? Let us know in the comments! And remember… no matter what you do or how you decide to do it, the important thing is that you’re enjoying yourself out on the water.

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