When you think of the average car camping trip, most people have visions of pristine natural beauty and fun outdoor activities. While these can make a great trip, you could be missing out on one of the best parts of car camping if you don’t also make time to bring along your fishing pole and cast your line in the nearest stream or lake. There are few things that capture the imagination quite like fishing, and there’s no better way to do it than in the great outdoors with all the comforts of home within arm’s reach!
Choose a fish
If you’re car camping and fishing, choose to go after fish that are suitable for slow-cooking. Salmon is an excellent choice, since it can be prepared in just 20 minutes in your Dutch oven if you grill or pan-sear it first (just don’t overcook!). This will save you time over other types of fish. Other great types of fish to bring along include trout, catfish, tilapia, perch, pike and bass.
The right equipment
Regardless of where you’re planning to go fishing—in or around a lake, river, ocean or pond—it’s essential that you have an appropriate fishing pole in order to ensure that your car-camping fishing experience is enjoyable. If you don’t have access to a car while on your trip, make sure that your rod can be easily carried. The best equipment will provide convenience so that you can enjoy your time at ease and in comfort.
How to choose a place
You have to decide where you’re going to go car camping, as different spots are better for fishing than others. While it might be tempting to pick somewhere close to home, make sure you look at all your options—and don’t neglect to factor in things like wildlife and climate. To find an ideal spot, use sites like Google Maps or even just do some good old-fashioned research on hiking and fishing trails in your area!
Setting up the campsite
Car Camping is quickly becoming a go-to for many folks who enjoy spending time in nature but can’t or don’t want to be restricted by overnight facilities. The low-cost and minimal hassle of car camping allows for quick, spontaneous getaways. As long as you pack your fishing rods ahead of time, you’re prepared to enjoy some great times with family and friends while relaxing in nature.
You’ll need to know how to tie knots if you want to use your fishing rod at all. The most common knots used in fishing are probably (1) The Clinch Knot, which is used for lures and hooks, and (2) The Dropper Loop Knot, which is used for attaching fishing line to lures or flies. Although there are many more knots worth knowing, these are good ones to start with.
Set your bait & hook
Car camping fishing is one of my favorite outdoor activities to do with friends or family. You get to spend time with loved ones, be outdoors, and catch fish. But before you get started on your fishing expedition, there are some things you need to do in order to prepare your gear and bait. The most important thing to do before you go is make sure all of your tackle is organized and ready to go.
Tips and tricks
During your next car camping trip, bring along fishing gear. When you’re on site and get a chance to step away from your fellow campers, take some time to cast a line in one of nearby lakes or ponds. The closest water source is key to being able to fish while you camp; why not make it convenient? If you’re with family or friends, get together for some friendly competition and see who can reel in that big catch first. Can’t stand getting wet?