Planning a fishing trip/adventure/expedtion

 

When do you go?

Are you going in the wet season/ cyclone season? Is it going to be winter or summer? Before you go; research the seasons and keep an eye on the weather forecasts! Always count on the bad weather.

 

Where do you go?

Planning a trip around a specie:

If you’re targeting a specie you will have to figure out where and when to fish for them.
Wich region or country they are on the bite. Most of the time you have a good idea where and when to catch your bucket list specie. When you already know When & Where to fish and you probably know what kind of gear already to pack, too easy!

Planning a trip around a location:

When planning a trip around a location you got to figure out what kind of fish to expect. Will you find the local species all year round on the bite? Are they going to be big pelagic tackle testing fish or some lazy stocked lake fish? Maybe you will find a new favourite specie as you discovered a new location!

Don’t forget; When & Where! They go hand in hand! In the dry season, the Barramundi will be hard to catch in North Australia just because of the season! The dry season is their low season, while they are awesome to chase in the rainy run-off season!
How better you researched the better your trip will be!

Google Earth! Get online and put the satellite on and discover your fishing beach from high and above! Find those deep gutters, I’ll bet you catch a few big fish!

Sunny locations:

Pack your shorts and breezy clothes but don’t forget also the very important sun protection wear.
Don’t be stupid and go out in the sun the first days unprotected. You worked hard for this fishing trip and you probably are not that then as when you are going to return from your trip so dress and lotion up!

Balaclava/facemask, Fishing Hat, UPF sun protection long-sleeved shirts and gloves are always the first things I pack.
Of course then the Sunscreen lotion, zinc, lip balm and a tube of Aloe Vera what is the next I think off.

You can forget your heavy wading shoes but still bring some decent waders as coral can be sharp!
A good set of polarized glasses are a must! They will protect your eyes and give you better change sight casting fish or finding deep beach gutters.

Cold locations:

When I went back home to the Netherlands I had to face the cold frosty temperatures again. The Netherlands is not that extreme cold as Canada but it still gets pretty cold. I had to layer up big time when out fishing on the boat!
One thing I regretted that day; I didn’t bring warmer socks and shoes. My toes almost froze off!
Once your feet or head get cold you starting to enjoy the fishing less and guarantee you will catch less! Just because you are busy warming up your toes! S0 don’t make the same mistake as me..

Now you got to think layer-wise. Layers will keep you much warmer than just warm jeans. Bring your thermal undies/layer and sweatpants and then jeans? Or maybe even a ski-pants above that jeans?
Swapp your thin balaclava for a warmer one so your face is protected against the cold freezing air.
One thing you also don’t want to forget of course is your weather-resistant warm jacket and gloves!
When you go to these really crazy cold locations (Canada,… ) you will need proper clothing who will keep you embracing the colder weather with a big smile!

Now your bag is already packed 1/3, hope you have enough space for your fishing gear!

 

Day trip or an expedition?

If you go for the day your bag will be much smaller. When longer out n about snacks will become meals and you got to think about much more.
Do I have enough food? Enough Water?  What else do you need?
Toiletries and pooping paper, … Maybe bring a poop scoop so you can bury your dumps? Maybe a portable Bbq?
Camera batteries, cooking equipment, sleeping bag, …
You get the picture, your bag will become heavier in no time and less space for your fishing gear

Why not plan already your next trip next year? Think about the Tides! Some people plan the barramundi fishing a year in advance and they will plan no doubt around the tides

 

Gear up

Knowing the species you’re going to target makes gives you a good idea what kind of gear to bring…

Bring back up a gear! I missed out on the last day barra fishing in the bush. That day the barra was big time on the bite. The only thing I could do was cursing and watching my friends landing nice fish.

Secret gear!  Every fisherman has a few good tricks. Maybe bring a few micro jigs for jigging live bait and you will be the only guy having access to live baits! Think about the box and you know what is smart 😉

 

Sun Protection

Balaclava/facemask, Fishing Hat, UPF sun protection long-sleeved shirts and gloves are always the first things I pack.
Of course then the Sun screen lotion, zinc, lip balm and a tube of Aloe Vera what is the next I think off.

 

Wading/walking gear

Always buy decent walking/wading shoes who can prevent your feet from cutting open on sharp coral or rocks. You want to have comfy shoes as you are going to spend most days walking and wading. Water amphibian shoes can be a good investment but make sure they are of good quality!

 

Camping Gear

A swag or a little tent is easy to set up. But if you are planning to spend more time on one location it pays off to set up camp properly. Shelter awning can be a great way to stay cool in the shade!
A good ideal would be swapping the Eski for a fridge when going multiple days. To be honest you can make it as crazy as you want!

 

Licences and registrations

In Portugal, I needed a fishing license to fish in the ocean! After I discovered that I realised I also had fished Belize without a license! I never expected some countries ask you to obtain a license to fish in the ocean but it’s a fact!

Sometimes national parks need an extra license or you will need to ask permission from the local community or farmer?

Do your research to prevent getting expensive tickets or the risk of losing your fishing gear!

 

Mosquitos, sandflies and other pests

Of course most of the time you can buy local bug spray. If you know the sandflies in the remote rivers in New Zealand are absolutely nasty you can think about protective clothing. Mosquito-proof wading legging, gloves or a hat with mash to cover your face can keep you longer out there and fish more comfortable! Knowing what you are going to deal with will make your planning much easier!

 

Carry-on Baggage flying with fishing gear

Most of us love to keep our well-beloved gear nice and close in the Carry-on. Double check the rules from the airline company you fly with if you’re allowed. Some are more flexible than others.

 

COSTS

Flying first class to the other side of the world to go fishing on your private booked charter is going to be pricey of course.
You can make it as crazy as you want, Yes fishing can get really expensive but that’s like every hobby.
If time is not on your hand a guide will put you quickly on some fish! When you have a few more days you can afford a day finding just locations to fish?!

I prefer going low budget, DIY fishing or using locals to take me out fishing for a smaller price.
Sometimes I wonder if I ever will have the money to go out fishing on a another ship for days. Spend a few 1000 for a few Marlins?! But at the moment I never could spend that much money on fishing.

 

PACKING LIST

PERSONAL ITEMS
  • Itinerary & Phone Contacts
  • Airline Tickets
  •  Passport
  •  Travel Insurance
  •  Wallet with credit cards, cash, and converted currency
  •  Photocopy of credit cards and passport
  •  Eye Glasses/Contacts
  • Notebook/Reading Material
  • Personal Toiletries or Cosmetics
  •  Medications
  • First Aid Kit
  •  Sunscreen (30 SPF or higher)
  • Lip Balm (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Zinc
  •  Aloe/After sun lotion
  •  Cortaid for Bites
  •  Insect Repellent
FISHING GEAR
  • Rods & Reels (bring a spare rod and reel!)
  • Extra Fly Lines
  • Leaders & Shock Tippets
  • Flies & Lures
  • Boat Bag (waterproof)
  • Flashlight & Extra Batteries
  • Polarized Glasses –Amber
  • Decent Plyers and Split Plyers
  • Unhooking tools
  • Gloves
CLOTHING
  • Wide Hat, Good Cap
  • Bandana/Baclava
  • Light Weight Shirts (Short & Long Sleeved)
  • Light Weight Pants & Shorts
  • T-Shirts
  • Underwear
  • Shoes/Sneakers
  • Waders
  • Socks
  • Sandals
  • Rain Gear
  • Wind Breaker or sweatshirt
  • Sun Gloves
  • Swimsuit
  • Belt
PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT
  • Camera
  • Gopro
  • Batteries (Bring Backups)
  • Extra Memory cards
  • Video Camera
  • Lenses
  • Lens Cleaner
  • Waterproof Case
  • Recharge cables (USB, Solar)
OPTIONAL ITEMS
  • Snorkel Gear
  •  Sewing Kit, reparation tools, cable tires, ducktape,…
  • Camping Gear
  • Technology
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