Fishing is a hobby many Americans enjoy, especially since it’s a peaceful activity you can do solo. In fact, there were 4.4 million first-time fishers in 2020, which shows just how great this activity is in a pandemic!

If you’ve been going stir-crazy in your house, then perhaps it’s time to give fishing a try. A fishing trip might be just what you need to get some excitement and find some inner peace!

In this article, we’ll give you an essential fishing trip checklist so you have everything you need.

Fishing License

Deep Sea Fishing

In most places, you’ll need a permit to fish. So don’t be caught without one, or else your trip will end early, and with a fine too!

Arrange for this license ahead of time so you’re not scrambling on the day of your fishing trip.

Fishing Rod

Obviously, you’ll need a fishing rod to fish. Do some research ahead of time to figure out not just the right rod for you, but also the ideal reels too.

Other Fishing Trip Equipment

The Fishing Experience

It can be beneficial to pack a tackle box. In it, you can put various forms of bait (whether plastic or live), hooks, sinkers, jigs, and fishing lines (monofilament, braid, and/or fluorocarbon).

You’ll also want to pack a knife or two. Pick one that’s not just durable, but also rust-resistant.


A good pair of rubber boots will be helpful, no matter what season you’re fishing in. For multipurpose use, shorter boots are better.

While optional, a fishing vest is nice to have. You’ll be able to hold all the small equipment that comes with fishing on your body!

You should also pack a fishing hat. This can keep you warm, dry, or cool, depending on the weather.

Lastly, you should have some rain gear on hand. It may rain at any given moment, so if you have a poncho, you won’t have to cut your fishing trip short.

Other things you might want to consider packing include gloves and sunglasses.

Battery and Battery Charger

If you’re setting off on a motorized boat, then make sure you’ve grabbed not just a fully charged boat battery, but also a spare and a charger. You don’t want to be stuck out in the middle of nowhere, after all!

You should get a 3 bank battery charger for good measure. These can help maintain your batteries in between use and extend their lifespans.


Here are some other things that can make your fishing trip more pleasant and safe:

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Lip balm
  • Towels
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit

Have Fun on Your Fishing Trip


Now you know what to bring on not just your first fishing trip, but all the rest to come! By knowing what to take fishing, you’ll have a much easier time. As a result, you’ll make some fun memories!

Want some more tips on what you can do to make those big catches? Then browse the rest of our blog now!

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