How To "Catch" That Perfect Fishing Vacation

If you do a web search to begin planning a fishing vacation you will find thousands of sites offering the "best fishing vacation possible." Planning a fishing vacation can be a exasperating experience filled with many decisions. How do you limit the choices to find the fishing destination that is really best for you? After all, "fishing is not a matter of life and death, it is much more import

Probably the best way to choose a fishing destination is to begin by identifying your intentions. Do you want to fish in a saltwater environment(surf, deep sea, reef) or a freshwater location (lake, stream, river, etc.)? How many anglers are joining you, or are you going on this adventure alone?

If you are part of a fishing group, it would be to everyone's advantage to sit down and discuss precisely what it is that each person wants out of the experience. Deciding you all want "great fishing", is much too general because that term can mean a variety of things to different people.

Does great fishing mean catching a fish on nearly every cast, or catching only one fish all day--provided that one fish was a trophy? And what constitutes a trophy fish to you? Would a 10-pound lake trout delight you, or would it have to weigh 30 pounds?

What type of fish are you interested in catching? Although this sounds like an easy question, it definitely needs to be discussed among the group if this is to be a successful outing. Do you want to catch lake trout, salmon, walleye, bass, northern pike, black marlin? If members of the group have different desires, you should pick a location with multiple species available.

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What is your preferred method of fishing? (trolling, spin/bait casting, light tackle, fly fishing, etc.) Do you want to fish from shore, from a drift boat or raft, or use waders or boots to reach the deepest fishing holes?

Your level of fishing expertise is also a major consideration. Choosing the right guide or outfitter to help with equipment choices and techniques is critical. Obviously, the more experience you have, the less advice and help you will need.

Some other items to be considered include, will any non-fishing companions be joining you, and is this strictly a fishing trip or will other leisure or even business activities be involved?

A final and major consideration--what is your realistic budget? Let's be honest, money is a deciding factor for most of us. You need to be truthful about how much you are really able to spend--and how to spend it. If you have $1,500 to spend on a trip, do you want 3 days at Lodge X with most of the comforts of home, or 7 days in a tent camp where you cook your own meals, but have a better shot at catching trophy-sized fish?

Once you have determined clear priorities about your fishing plans,the accommodations, and estimated a budget, it's time to start looking at what individual areas have to offer. Search the Internet to find exciting and affordable locations. State or provincial tourism departments or fish/wildlife agencies are excellent resources to find fishing lodges within specific areas. And the U.S. Forest Service website has free, helpful information about thousands of fishing locales within the U.S.

Best wishes for a great fishing adventure, whether it be steelhead salmon in Alaska or giant snakeheads in Thailand, you're now ready for the ultimate fishing experience!

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