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Taking the family fishing is a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day because it keeps everyone together for a fun activity, and the won't fish won't know what hit them! And although the idea of taking the family fishing may seem overwhelming, the difference between having an “ok” fishing trip and a great one is a little extra planning and preparation.
Here are our top tips so that everyone has a great time on your next family fishing trip, whether it's Mother’s Day or any other.
Pack a picnic and don’t forget the dessert! A memorable day will always be better with food! Pack something fun and treat your family with something special. Bringing a small BBQ, or cooking hotdogs and s’mores over a fire will add to the fun while you're hoping to get a great catch.
Make a list and pack the night before: A stressful morning of getting ready can start the day off on the wrong foot, and causes you to rush and forget things. For this reason, make a packing list for the trip, and do most of the packing the night before. All you’ll need to pack in the morning is the cooler with food, drinks and ice and your trusty HookEze Knot Tying Tools - Shop Here
Bring a seat: Camping chairs can greatly improve your experience, comfort, and extend the time you spend outdoors. There are lots of inexpensive and collapsible options available at most outdoor stores. Many chairs have backs for support and cup holders for extra comfort.
Plan for other activities: Sure fishing is fun, but sometimes the fish just won't bite. Try to incorporate other activities that the family enjoys. Going for nature hikes, card games, ball games, frisbee and campfires are all fun activities in addition to the fishing.
Stay legal: Make sure that everyone 16 or older has a fishing license
Take pictures: Sometimes taking a lot of pictures may feel weird if you're not familiar with it, but we promise you will not regret it. Often, pictures are the only way you can remember great parts of the day that you’d otherwise forget. Make sure you tag #HookEze whether or not you catch any rippers because we love seeing families having a great time.
Don’t forget the worms: While it’s safe to say most rivers, lakes, reservoirs, ponds, and streams are teeming with fish, checking the local fishing reports will help you know what areas might be fishing better. We suggest using Fish Brain app if you've got nothing else to rely on.
Check the forecast and dress appropriately: The weather can change dramatically in a day. Be prepared for cooler morning and evenings, warm afternoons, or an unexpected afternoon showers with lots of wind. For younger kids who seem to always find a way to get dirty or wet, bring a change of clothes and even pyjamas for the drive home.
Bring protection from the sun and bugs! Nothing can ruin a trip like a sunburn or mosquitos. Don’t forget your bug spray, sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses.
We hope these tips help for a great Mother's Day (and any other fishing trip) so enjoy yourselves, make sure to take pictures and post them to #HookEze