Yamaha Outdoors Tips — ATV Fishing Expedition

By Bob Humphrey

It’s a fisherman’s nature to think the fishing must be better some place we can’t get to.  That’s why boat fishermen cast toward shore, and shore fishermen cast into the middle of the pond - the same pond.  But sometimes, hard to get places do have the best fishing. 

You may not be able to drive your car or truck to them, but an ATV could get your there.  In addition to making the trip shorter and easier, an off-road vehicle also allows you to bring more gear.  Here are a few suggestions for what to bring on a back-country fishing tip.

ROD CASE

You’ll want something to protect your fishing rod(s).  Fly rods come in tubes.  Spinning rods don’t (I never quite understood why) but you can make one easily out of a piece of pvc pipe. 

ROD HOLDER

In the off-season, an ATV bow holder works just as well as a rod tube holder.

NAVIGATION AID

I use this general term because the technology is changing so fast.  It used to mean a map and compass (you still need a compass, no matter what).  Then it was a GPS.  Now, most smart phones have GPS functions, and offer a means to call for help if needed.  Plus, there are apps for all sorts of things like solunar tables and depth charts.

POLARIZED SUNGLASSES

You need eye protection for riding anyway, why not make it multi-purpose.  With flying hooks and weighted lures you should consider eye protection as mandatory for fishing too, and polarized lenses will cut the glare allowing you to see into the water. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

You’ll need a few items to keep you safer and more comfortable.  In addition to UV protective clothing, you’ll want sunscreen to protect exposed areas from the harmful rays of the sun.  Biting insects are another problem and unless you’re not into repeatedly dousing yourself with chemicals, the ThermaCELL is your answer.  Bring a first aid kit for cuts, scrapes, bruises or other minor injuries.  There are some really great ones available specifically designed for outdoorsmen from weekend warriors to serious back-country hard-cores.

AN EDGE

If you can ride this far, so can everyone else.  But the casual ones will be shore fishing.  As long as you have the means for carrying extra gear, bring waders or hippers for rivers and streams, or a belly boat (float tube) for remote ponds.  All of the above will allow you to go where others can’t, and the fishing is better.

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