Fishing is supposed to be fun. It’s a way of enjoying your surroundings and experiencing what mother nature has to offer. Mother nature isn’t always sunny days and calm waters, if you don’t come prepared, your relaxing afternoon can turn into a miserable experience. It’s important to come ready for the elements and to take other precautions so you can enjoy your fishing trip.
At Green Bay Trophy Fishing, we design our guided fishing trips to be fun, but safety and preparation are essential. We have all the fishing gear needed to catch the fish (lures, rods and reels). However, here is a checklist of what you can bring to ensure a successful and safe fishing adventure.
A Wisconsin State Fishing License
They are cheap, easy to buy, and mandatory. A one-day non-resident fishing license is $10 ($8 for a resident). You can get your license from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources here.
Clothes For Any Type of Weather
In Door County, all four seasons can happen in one day on the water. Don’t be fooled into thinking it will be warm out on the lake because it’s warm inland. Things can get cold and wet quickly and cold weather can make things uncomfortable in the boat if not prepared. Bring warm clothes (jacket, hat, gloves) and quality rain gear, especially whenever a chance of rain is in the forecast.
Sun and Bug Protection
This comes in many forms and the best scenario is to have all of them. Hats of any kind help keep the sun off your face. A broad-brimmed hat protects the best. The sun’s rays hitting the lake can produce a blinding glare. Polarized sunglasses work best to reduce glare and protect your eyes. The boat has no cover from the sun so sunblock–preferably SPF 30 or above–is critical. Be sure to cover your nose, ears, hands and legs as these areas are often forgotten. Insect repellent keeps biting flies and mosquitoes at bay.
Snacks, Beverages, a Cooler and a Camera
Depending on what arrangements you’ve made with your guide, it might be a few hours before your next meal. Bring a snack of some sort to tide you over in case hunger strikes. Beer and other adult beverages are allowed as long as everyone drinks responsibly. Spending several hours in the exposed sun is dehydrating so bring a lot of water. If you’re trying to get away from your smartphone for the day, pack a disposable camera to make a lasting memory of the monster you caught.
A Fish Catching Attitude
Having a good attitude is everything. If the fish aren’t biting, stay positive and enjoy being outdoors with your family, friends, or coworkers. If everyone keeps a fish catching attitude, your fishing trip with us will be the fishing adventure of a lifetime.
To learn more about fishing trips with Green Bay Trophy Fishing, contact us today!