According to the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, fishing is a great way to relieve stress. Being near water can help lower anxiety and make you feel more relaxed. Fishing is a great way to unplug from electronics and really engage with nature in a meaningful way.
Fishing is not just for the experienced angler but all skill levels. It is never too late to learn how to fish. If you are planning a fishing trip this summer here are some essentials you should bring:
Fishing rod & reel– Unless you planned on catching fish like a wild bear you will need to bring a fishing rod! Buying a fishing rod can be overwhelming for a beginner. According to Dick’s Sporting Goods, a good length for beginner anglers is usually around 7 feet. This size can allow amateurs to have a balanced amount of casting distance and accuracy as they fine-tune their skills through experience. When choosing a fishing rod make sure that it feels comfortable and you are able to handle it. Give it a few test castings before you buy it.
Fishing line & line cutter– Of course you will need a fishing line. Usually, fishing line will come with your fishing reel but you should always pack extras. Fishing line is extremely strong so you will need to bring a sharp knife or nail clipper to cut the line.
First Aid Kit– With all the sharp object you will be using, it is important to pack a First Aid Kit. A small pack with band-aids, antibacterial ointment, medical tape, and gauze pads will help remedy a pricked finger.
Bait– Unfortunately you can’t charm the fish out of the ocean with your winning personality and good looks so you will need to pack bait! Traditionally, worms are the most common bait used for fishing but there are different kinds to choose from. Ants, beetles, grasshoppers, and caterpillars can also be used as bait. There are also artificial bait options called lures. These are typically used once you run out of living bait. Lures are basically plastic worms or fish that are brightly colored and designed to attract live fish.
Needle Nose Pliers– Use pliers to take the hooks out of your catch. Using pliers is much easier and safer than using your fingers and you can avoid potentially hurting yourself on the sharp hooks.
Tackle box– A tackle box is a tool kit to store all your fishing supplies. An experienced angler will have many different tools stored in here to help make their fishing trip as easy as possible. This will hold your bobbers, hooks, line, pliers and other fishing necessities. Be sure to pack this box with your fishing supplies.
Remember when planning a fishing trip to prepare for the elements. To ensure that you are prepared for your day out on the water consider packing these supplies:
- Safety goggles
- Hand towels
- Motion sickness medicine
If you are considering a fishing trip this summer, Pirate’s Cove Marina in Manteo, NC has just what you are looking for. Pirate’s Cove Marina is a full-service marina with 195 slips and a charter fleet of 24 sport fish boats for offshore, nearshore and inlet fishing.
When you visit the marina, stay at Island House of Wanchese Bed and Breakfast. Our B&B will give you an authentic experience of the culture in Wanchese, NC. Mornings at Island House begin with an appetizing southern style buffet breakfast served daily. Check out our rooms and book your reservation today!