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How To Plan And Afford The Fishing Trip Of Your Dreams

Updated on May 7, 2011

Planning Your Next Fishing Trip

As with any trip or vacation a fishing trip can cost a lot of money when the time to go fishing is decided on. The trick is to plan your fishing trip far in advance. By doing this you do stand to save a lot of money over the course of time between now and when you head out on your trip.

If you can be patient and take the time to do a lot of pre planning then you will have a lot of time to make sure you have all the right equipment and you will also be able to decide who will end up going with you. The nicest thing about having extra time is you will have more time to save money for the fishing trip.

There are a few things you should be doing during the planning phase for your fishing trip. The time should be spent gathering brochures, surfing the Internet and working your choices until you are sure on where you want to go. Some other things to help you decide will be types of water and type of fish you want to go after. This is all important so that you can plan on the type of equipment you are going to buy. Different water and different fish will require different types of equipment.

If there is a whole party going fishing you can all throw ideas in a hat and all decide together. The key is to get these things figured out as early as possible so all the other things that need to be done can be taken care of. Another thing is by deciding on things early you dismiss most of the stress that comes with planning something like this.

There are quite a few things you should be looking at and considering before the day of the big fishing trip.

Of course if you have favorite places to fish these should all be considered. Also looking at places that wont cost a lot of money would be great as well. A very important number that will come into play is the number of people who will be going on this fishing trip. Of course a time that is good for everyone needs to be determined. The next thing is to take an inventory on all the equipment all the people going already have. Once this is determined the rest of the equipment that is needed will have to be bought. Of course where everyone will be staying will be a huge consideration that will need to be figured out. Probably the most important thing that needs to be considered is a group budget so that all things can be taken care of ahead of time.

It really is important to go with a group of people. This is important for a few reasons. The first is with everyone having input the planning will be less stressful. Also with more people the costs will be less. Little things like why would you go out and buy equipment that the others may have already. If everyone chips in you may realize that out of pocket expenses will be far less then trying to do this on your own. The thing to do is create a fishing trip budget. Everyone who is going will contribute. This will go towards things like food, bait, fuel and anything else that may be needed along the way.

The thing that needs to be made clear for the fishing trip is that as a group no one goes over the budget. If individuals want to spend extras outside what has been set aside then that is up to them.

Once it is determined where the fishing trip will be then it is time to make reservations. While doing this make sure you ask about cost savings for larger groups. It is also a great time to ask about any equipment that might be needed that you weren't aware of.

Another good thing about making early plans is everyone can make partial payments into the budget fund. This makes the more expensive things a little easier to swallow. However one must remember that deposits may be required for such things as cabins, hotel rooms or rental equipment.

Have one person in charge of everything. By doing this all can be informed of any changes and all confusion should be kept to a minimum. As long as all the details are all written down then at the end of the day all things really should work out. It also allows to keep in touch with everyone as the date gets closer to make sure all involved are keeping up to their end of any bargains made.

Of course you will not be able to plan for all facets of your fishing trip but for the most part especially with a group trip most things will be quite easy to plan for. Even if you and the entire group are working on a budget there are still things that can be done without taking the fun out of the trip.

One of the biggest ways to save money on your fishing trip is by planning a local fishing trip instead of travelling half ways across the country. Off season fishing trips can also save you a lot of money if it comes down to that. Another thing is just go on day trips for a while. You can also save a lot of money by staying at camp grounds as opposed to hotel rooms. In many cases you can save at least 75% of your accommodation fees. Then of course you should always be asking for discounts when it comes to the amount of people going fishing.

Bottom line is no matter what your budget is there is something for everyone out there who is looking at taking a fishing trip. Just remember a bad day of fishing is better then a good day at work.

Plan Your Next Fishing Trip

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    • Dale Mazurek profile image

      Dale Mazurek 7 years ago from Canada

      The bottom line are words to live by. Thanks for stopping by


    • pmccray profile image

      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      These are great tips and your bottom line is soo right.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      A wonderful hub with lots of help and tips for people to afford it.