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Travel Tips: On The Road To More Fish

Adding your own tackle to the mix makes fishing more fun.Hitting the road on business or a family vacation and still want to get in some fishing? While we have everything you need for the most extravagant fishing expedition, we know less can be more when it comes to travel. Here are some tips on how to squeeze fishing time into any trip.

  • Do your research. If the top bass pros scour the Internet for anything that might give them an edge at the next lake they fish, why shouldn't you explore the opportunities provided by your destination(s)? Our staff has done a fair bit of traveling and chances are we can point you in the right direction.
  • Match your tackle. Once you have an idea of what kind of fishing is on tap, it's time to refine your tackle to match the action. If you're diligent in your research, you will come across buzzwords like light tackle, heavy gear, topwater and finesse. We can help you decipher these clues and show you the lures you need for a successful approach. You should be able to get everything you need in a single, flat, rectangular plastic box. We've got them.
  • Buy a travel rod. This could be at the top of the list, however, if you don't know what you're fishing for first, it's hard to choose the right rod. Travel rods break down into three or four pieces. The joint is called a ferrule and advances in ferrule technology allow manufacturers to create travel rods with the action (the way the rod bends) to make the cast that catches fish. A great all around choice is a spinning rod rated for 15- to 20-pound test line, but that might be too heavy or too light. We'll help you decide what's right for where you are headed.
  • Fly when you travel. Fly fishing and travel go together. Since longer is better in so many circumstances, makers of fly rods were the first to perfect ferrules and make it easier to transport long rods. Some travel rods are designed to handle both fly reels and spinning reels, especially those designed for trout and are often the best choice for ultralight fishing. On the other hand you can easily travel with a fly rod that will handle sailfish and bull mahi-mahi.
  • Surf fishing is a great way to get a bite on vacation.Get tubed. There are travel fishing kits that come with elaborate cases for rod and reel, yet in these days of baggage fees and carry-on limitations, you don't want to be carrying what can be considered a separate piece of baggage. The tubes that come with three- and four-piece fly rods, on the other hand, are perfect for both the fly rods and the travel rods.
  • Pack it right. Short rod tubes can be stuffed in the side pocket of a modern travel backpack and the entire combo is one piece of carry-on luggage. Just make sure to have a small elastic cord to secure the top half of the tube to the top of the pack. Make sure the tube is easy to remove so you can put it into the overhead bin by itself, if necessary.
  • Consider a guide or charter. Again, if you've done your research on your destination, chances are a lot of the information you collected came from a guide or charter business. If you can, try to book at least a short trip. If that's all you have time for, you may not need to bring much at all in the way of tackle. If you're like us, though, you'll want to be able to use your own gear so you can try some of the fish-catching tricks you have picked up over the years, especially if there will be opportunities to fish on your own later in the trip.
  • Add a reel. If you do decide on a guided trip, you may want to bring an extra reel. This really pertains to saltwater charters and medium casting tackle. It's best to ask to borrow a rod ahead of time, since that also gives you another chance to get the latest info. Or you can simply show up and say, "Would it be okay if I put my own reel on one of your rods?" In that case be sure to bring the tools needed to mount the reel.
  • Get connected. Fill your reel(s) almost to the top with 20- to 30-pound braid. Bring a variety of leader spools of fluorocarbon from 10- to 30-pound test. The fish are finicky and only biting 20-pound? With a quick uni-to-uni knot you have the right rig. The same applies to hooks. You don't need to bring a lot of hooks, just make sure you have the right size range to choose from. We would be glad to spool you up and put your first top shot on while showing you how to do it yourself.
  • Extra baggage. Just because you're going to have to check a bag (hey, golfers can't carry on their clubs) since you will definitely be carrying sharp objects, that doesn't mean it all has to be tackle. You might as well take advantage of the full 50 pounds and pack items like rain gear and waders, or give the extra space to your wife. One popular option is to pack it all in a medium cooler (25-30 quarts) that can be used for drinks and snacks while fishing and to transport fresh fish home. Don't forget duct tape. Keep it in the cooler and don't tape until airport officials inspect the contents.

Now you're on the road to more fish and when the water calls, you can answer. Good luck!