Fishing Trip Checklist

Before you know it, it will be time to hit the water for your first fishing trip of the year. Start now by checking for these essentials so that you are ready to hit the trail when the time comes.

Check Your Tackle Box

The off season is a good time to go through your tackle box. Do you have lures that are tangled into a huge mess? Hooks, feathers and other parts get intertwined and spending time to clear them out now can save you time on the lake. Any broken lures, nets, sinkers or floats should either be repaired or replaced.

Restock Supplies

Once you’ve organized and cleared out broken supplies, you can make a list of what you need. Visiting a store in the winter can save you money since the demand is usually lower and the inventory is collecting dust. Stocking up on hooks, lines and other supply you will go through quickly will also save you from having to do it later.

Check Out Your Boat

Don’t forget to go over your boat. Look for wear or damage to the boat itself as well as your mercury outboard motor. Repairs can be done while you’re off season instead of taking precious time off the water to fix it this spring and summer.
Don’t just pine for the days when you can get back on the water, make a list of tasks that will get you one step closer. Rest in the fact that the very first opportunity you have, you’ll be able to jump into the truck knowing you have everything you need to enjoy your time on the water.

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