Many anglers love to travel to exotic locations to seek out new species of fish to catch. Whether it’s a barramundi or wahoo, the prospect of reeling in such an exciting species in a new region is appealing to every angler. However, travelling out of state for a fishing trip involves a few procedures and precautions in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.  Today I’ve provided you potential globe-trotters with a few tips to help you with that.

As I’ve stated before in previous articles, planning is one of the most important parts of travelling, and a fishing trip is no exception. I’m referring specifically to lodging and charter booking. Quality hotels and guides will book fast, so doing your research and snagging them early is key. Paying your deposit assures your spot, so get that out of the way first.

Plane tickets are a little tricky, as it can be hard to decide how early or late is too early or too late, when it comes to buying a ticket. Speaking of flying, doing so with expensive fishing tackle can be scary, to say the least. I myself have had my fair share of nightmares when it comes to taking along my favorite fishing rods, and wouldn’t wish such an experience on anyone. For this reason, I sometimes suggest using shipping tubes and mailing your rods to the destination ahead of time, or even purchasing a four-piece travel rod for trips. Also, it might not be a bad idea to purchase an extended warranty, if your outdoor retailer offers one.

Basic travel precautions are smart, as well. For instance, be sure to tag each piece of luggage you have and always keep track of your luggage. While it may be possible to endure a few days wearing the same clothes, it’s difficult to fish without your gear. Keep your passport nearby, as well as a copy of your plans for the trip. Make sure your hotel meets the criteria of what you were promised when you booked, along with your guide.

Let us not forget that there are certain things expected of us on a fishing trip, as well. For instance, if you’re using a guide, be sure show respect (tip-wise) for a good day on the water. A good guide will be fun, informative, and most importantly, put you on the fish. A little appreciation goes a long way. However, a bad guide can ruin a trip, so be sure to voice any discrepancies with a manager or the guide directly.

I love to travel, and travelling to go fishing is even more enjoyable. However, I’ve learned a few things during my years of travel (some of which I learned the hard way) that have enabled me to better plan my trips to ensure what I like to call “optimal funness.” Pay attention to the tips I’ve outlined above to make sure your trip meets “optimal funness” standards and remains a great memory for years to come.