Whether you’re brand new to the sport or are a keen angler who is trying to keep packing down to a minimum, there are a few things that make up the staples of your fishing kit and can make the difference between an unsuccessful day at the bank and even making your best catch yet. Carrying too much gear can make it tricky and bog you down; thus, finding the perfect balance can make for a much smoother process and ensure you don’t get caught short without the essentials you’ll need during your day. Regardless of age groups and experience levels, keeping the 5 factors below in mind when you are packing up your kit will help you to avoid forgetting any must-haves.

Let’s Start with the Basics

Of course, no fishing trip is doable without a rod. When you’re packing your equipment, consider the type of fishing trip you are heading off to and ensure that your rod, reels and line match the fishing type. Many anglers like to bring a spare rod along in case of any mishaps, thus preventing the trip from being cut short.

Comfort is Key

When you’re spending a whole day at the bankside, making sure you’re sat comfortably will make the day much more pleasant. A seatbox offers multipurpose uses, giving you a place to sit throughout the day but offering handy storage within. Ideal for keeping your small bits and bobs, the handy compartments can be used for things like scissors, hooks and feeders so you can quickly grab them when needed. If you’re staying overnight and looking for a bit more comfort, a bedchair is perfect and offers a cosy place to relax.

Dress Prepared for the Weather

Dressing appropriately for the occasion will help you stay comfortable throughout the day and protected from the weather. Layers are key; dressing in multiple thin pieces will allow you to add and remove layers as and when the weather changes. We always suggest bringing along waterproofs for any rains spells, a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun, and some appropriate shoes which have good grip and wet-weather protection.

Prepare for Any Little Mishaps

We’ve all found ourselves making clumsy mistakes, so being prepared with a small first aid kit is worthwhile. Getting a hook caught in your finger or slipping in the mud are common during fishing trips, so having some waterproof plasters and antiseptic spray on hand can always come in useful.

Bring Along the Right Bait

Depending on the type of fishing trip you are packing your bag for, being kitted out with the best kind of bait will help boost your chances of success. For carp fishing, preferences differ amongst anglers with some opting for sweet bait and others savoury; there are so many colours and sizes available and the recommendations differ based on the conditions you are heading into. Doing research into the depth of the water and knowing whether it is murky or clear will help you make an informed decision and grab the perfect bait.

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