Looking for something different to get Dad for Father's Day this year? How about taking him fishing.
That is, of course, if your father is into that sort of thing, but according to the Outdoor Foundation's 2016 fishing report, nearly 46 million Americans ages 6 and up fish each year. More than 65% were men.
And, according to the report, most first-time participants were motivated to try fishing for the adventure and a chance to unwind.
With the number of lakes, rivers and streams in our area, it's not surprising that Indiana is among the states that rank high for fishing participants, the report said.
Planning a special fishing trip for Dad doesn't take that much effort and could create lasting memories.
So whether your dad is a pro or just getting started, here are some things to keep in mind. And with Father's Day on June 16 you still have time to plan.
Pick your location: Ask around to get suggestions on fishing locations. Decide if you want to make it a one-day fishing trip or if you want to stay the night at a hotel or campground.
Get a boat: If you are planning on going out on a lake or river, you will need a boat. If you don't have a boat or can't borrow one, many places around lakes offer rentals. Just make sure you reserve one in advance.
Check the regulations: Wherever you are going, find out what the regulations for fishing are and make sure you have a fishing license.
Gear up: You will need to take along basic fishing gear, such as a rod and reel, bait or lures, etc. If you're dad is a regular fisherman, then he probably has it covered. If not, however, do some research. You don't want to start your trip stressed because you dropped a lot of money on gear. Make sure to set a budget and stick to it.
Check the weather: Make sure you keep tabs on the weather before you go out. You don't want to get caught in a storm.
Take sunscreen and bug spray: You don't want your trip ruined by getting sunburned and eaten alive by mosquitoes.
Take food: What would a trip be without some tasty bites while you wait for the perfect bite?
Take a camera: Make sure you catch this special time with some great pictures!
– Terri Richarson, The Journal Gazette