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What to Pack on a Guided Fishing Trip?

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Are you getting ready to go on your first guided fishing trip, but have no idea what you need to pack for the excursion?

Don’t worry, we’re here to help. We’d love to give you helpful tips so you can make the most of your guided fishing trip.

Here’s a guide to packing for your guided fishing trip—from sunscreen to bait buckets and everything in between.

The Right Rods, Reels and Other Equipment

Are you going fly fishing or embarking on a deep-sea adventure? Make sure the rods, reels and lines align with the type of guided fishing trip you’re going on and the type of fish you plan on catching.

On top of your core fishing equipment, it’s a good idea to pack the following into your tackle box:

  • A set of knives for cleaning and gutting
  • A multi-purpose tool as you never know what you may need
  • A pair of pliers to remove hooks
  • A bait bucket if you’ll be using live bait

The best advice that seasoned fishermen will offer you is this: backup, backup, backup. Having a backup rod, reel, hooks, lines and sinkers will guarantee that you don’t find yourself sidelined due to an equipment-related accident.

Proper Protective Gear

Since a fishing trip usually goes hand in hand with a long day spent in the sun, it’s important to make sure you stay protected from the sun’s harsh effects.

Essential items that you need to pack for your trip include sunglasses, a hat, a UV fishing shirt and sunscreen—nobody wants to spend the better half of their trip wincing in pain caused by sunburn.

In addition to UV protective gear, it’s also recommended to pack some kind of bug repellent, a first aid kit, and a waterproof bag to protect your personal items such as your phone, wallet and camera.

The Appropriate Apparel

While it’s true that fishermen aren’t normally known for their fashion skills, it’s important to make sure that you’re decked out in the right gear.

When you’re packing for your fishing trip, make sure that you include the proper:


A hat offers protection from both the rays of the sun and splatters of rain. Caps work too, but they’ll only provide protection to the front of your face, leaving your neck exposed.


A solid pair of waterproof camp shoes is a must to keep your feet warm and dry. Avoid open-toe sandals as a stray hook paired with unprotected feet is a recipe for disaster. Also be sure to pack a few extra pairs of socks in case you get wet.


While shorts are generally favored, we recommend you pack a few pairs of long pants too. Pants might not be as comfortable as shorts are, but they offer more in terms of protection against sunlight exposure and biting bugs. Remember to include a pair of waders if you plan on going into the water. Extras: Pack a jacket or windbreaker, a towel and a change of clothes to make sure that you have something dry to wear on the drive home.

Final Thoughts

Pack all the items we listed above to make sure you’re fully prepared for your guided fishing trip. After all, failing to plan is planning to fail and we want you to experience nothing but success in every aspect of your trip.

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