In summer you are free to take part in any outdoor activity you wish without worrying about the cold, wind or rain. If you love summer fishing trips with your friends, you should know what the most suitable gear you should take with you is, besides the appropriate rods and reels.
During summer days, people are not the only ones going outdoors. All sorts of insects surface, particularly nasty mosquitos. That is why I consider a bug spray to be the first item you throw in your bag before going on a fishing trip. Remember that mosquitoes spend most of their time near water, so you’ll spend a lot of time together.
Your second worry should be the sun. In hot summer days, spending more time seated in the same place can be quite dangerous for your skin and for your well-being. Make sure you use sunscreen when you leave your place and that you carry a tube with you on the trip.
Add some more protection against the sun by wearing a big hat with a neck cape so that you are entirely protected. Also, light clothes, made with materials that let the air protrude freely through the fabric will make your stay more comfortable, because you won’t have to deal with pouring rivers of sweat.
A comfy tent or at least a sleeping bag is something you must take with you, if you’re planning to go on a fishing trip, even though you plan on returning the same day. Who knows, maybe your adventure sense awakens and you decide to spend a night or several into the wild. And, if you’re staying up late, don’t forget to have a lantern at hand always.
Don’t forget to take a tackle box with you, where all your gear can be organized in a proper way. Even though you may know what the fishing conditions are, things can change on the spot: the water can be filled with vegetation that can trap your bait, tangle your line, break your fishing rod, etc. That is why you should be prepared: have bait and line that floats, a sturdy rod and spare parts and bait, just in case you might get in a tricky situation.
You may leave home confident that you will catch plenty of fish to feed yourself on the spot (after cooking it on a barbecue, of course so let’s not forget about the barbecue and some kitchen utensils you can use to cook your fish), but you must definitely take some food with you, at least a sandwich or two. Especially if you are headed towards a remote place, there’s a big chance that you don’t find a place where you can procure food supplies for the day and fishing isn’t nearly as fun when you have the collywobbles.
Finally, let’s not forget about the fun part: friends and beer. A summer fishing day is nothing without your friends and a good cold beer (oh, yes, ask a friend to bring an ice bucket to store the beer in). If you have them, everything will sort itself out in the end.