When it comes to sports and relaxation, the two never really seem compatible. Unless it’s fishing. While you may not consider is a sport, the act of fishing requires tremendous skill, along with a lot of patience. Both of these combined make for a great outdoor activity which friends can enjoy.

However, just like all activities, its success depends on how well it was planned. Before you all simply jump in your boat and head out on the water, below are some considerations to keep in mind.

Check and Pack

The last thing that you want to do when you get out on the water is to realize that you forgot something important which prevents you from enjoying the day out with your group. To prevent this, once you have packed your gear, swap with a friend and have them check. While they are doing this, do the same to their pack.

When you are checking, look for items which you were nervous about leaving behind to make sure they haven’t done the same, along with any other items you can think of.

Where Are You Going?

Imagine that you have just found some great deals on the Groupon Coupons page for Bass Pro and you are ready to get your fishing game on, only to get out on the water and realize there isn’t anything to fish.

The best way to ensure you aren’t stuck in this situation is to check with local authorities and reports for tide and migration information. This type of data will help you to choose a location where there is likely to be game to fish.

Stay Entertained

As much as you will all enjoy the moments of sitting in silence while you wait for a fish to bite, there will also be times where you will want to be entertained. Decks of cards, travel games, or even a waterproof tablet with a movie to have on in the background can be great ideas which you can easily enjoy on the water.

If you don’t have one, consider purchasing a waterproof speaker which you can plug into a mobile device to have music playing while you all enjoy the sun and the water.

Prevent Returning to the Shore

You don’t want to have to return to the shore or the dock simply because you’re hungry or thirsty.

Prevent this visit by packing all of the food and drink you will need. Make a list of the items you will need, such as what you will eat for lunch, what you will hydrate with, and which drinks are just there for enjoyment.

Don’t forget to also include any snacks that you think you might like during the day. A great idea is to create a shared snack bin, where everybody contributes two items to share amongst the group.

It doesn’t take much to plan for a great fishing trip, it just takes the right type of planning. The next time you are getting ready to head out on the water, keep this article in mind and enjoy a day free of stress.