Fishing is a simple sport, but there is actually a lot to remember before you head out on the water. Between having the right tools and protecting yourself from the elements, it’s easy to forget an essential item.
Take a look at this simple checklist and you’ll have everything you need for a fun, comfortable, rewarding day on the water:
Whether you are going out by yourself or heading out with a group, make sure you have a first aid kit with band-aids, bandages, ointment, and other essentials. You never know when a hook, fish spine, rock, or any other unforeseen object could cause an injury, so always be prepared.
If you’re heading out on a sunny day, don’t forget the sunblock. Make sure you carry broad-spectrum, water resistant sunblock that is at least SPF 30. You may want to keep a small bottle in your tackle box for easy access since you’ll need to reapply several times while you’re out.
When you’re out on the water, the sun will hit you from all angles, and constant exposure to sunlight can cause problems with your eyes. During these sunny days, protect your long-term vision by wearing high-quality sunglasses.
Nothing is worse than spending hours preparing for a fishing trip, only to be swarmed by bugs the second you arrive at the water. Do yourself a favor and keep a bottle of bug repellant in your boat or tackle box, ensuring mosquitoes and gnats never ruin a good day of fishing.
Most of the time, you should be able to remove hooks from a fish’s mouth fairly easily. However, when a hook gets stuck deep in the fish’s mouth, you may need a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove it properly. These not only make removing the hook easier, they help you release the fish in full health.
You can build up quite a thirst during a full day of fishing, so do yourself a favor and pack plenty of water. Dehydration can come rapidly, especially on hot, sunny days, so make sure you have enough to last from start to finish.
Nail clippers are mandatory in a tackle box. These handy clippers will help you cut line and change hooks and lures quicker, so make sure you have them ready at all times.
It can be easy to overlook sun protection for your face, so always take a fishing mask with you on sunny days. Huk has some light-weight, comfortable fishing masks that are perfect for anglers who want to spend hours on the water.
You might think that a long-sleeve fishing shirt would be too hot for a sunny day, but with Huk’s cooling fabrics, you’ll be able to remain comfortable, even on the hottest summer days. With SPF protection and anti-microbial materials, Huk has the perfect fishing shirt for your needs.
Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky's Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.
You often hear the phrase there is nothing more important than a friend but like many other clichés of life especially at today’s pace, many of these old time sayings are said without really understanding their meaning. As I look back at the past five decades of my life spent in blue water and at my hunting career which has taken me all over the globe, I lift both hands in front of me and start counting off the friends which I could call at any time day or night for help; those who would put their life in jeopardy to save mine, or for that matter those who I can count on in the absolute worst of situations.
America (and much of the globe) seems to have an obsession with billfish, but few species are as popular as the Atlantic blue marlin. Not that there is anything wrong with black marlin, sailfish, swordfish, or striped marlin; it’s just that the blue marlin, which is the largest of the billfish group, has captured the hearts and passions of anglers for centuries.
If you want to join the ranks of anglers who’ve pulled up a blue marlin, you have your work cut out for you. But with the right techniques, you can add this world-class trophy to your list.