How to prepare your fishing trip

Have you ever dreamed of going fishing at the end of the world? So, to ensure that the trip doesn't turn into a nightmare, it's essential to prepare your trip well. Where to go? What equipment should I take with me? Do I need a passport or a visa for this destination?... are all questions you need to ask yourself so that, once there, you have only one thing in mind: enjoy it to the fullest! So here is a check-list to help you not forget anything and prepare yourself serenely.

Choosing your destination

The first thing to fix when you go on a trip is obviously your destination. Be careful, in this article, we are not talking about resort tourism but about a day trip organised around your favourite activity: fishing. The main question is not the traditional "should I go to the beach or mountains?" but rather practical questions such as what fish to have, what budget...


What kind of fish do you want to catch?

Just a few fishers have the opportunity to travel in their lifetime to indulge their passion. If you have this chance, take the opportunity to change your habits and try a new experience (while taking into account your physical abilities and technical skills of course).

You will certainly be tempted by this opportunity.

You will certainly be tempted by exotic destinations (you might as well indulge yourself…). So don't wait and go read our various articles on thuna, swordfish, or barracuda and other carnivores adept in tropical waters and see what sticks.

Note that you don't necessarily have to go to the end of the world to pick up exotic fish, most of them are present in the Mediterranean sea during the summer months.

One day of fishing represents a substantial budget. You will need to take into account the following:

It is important that you have a good understanding of the budget.

  • The day-to-day, i.e. transport (air or other) and accommodation;
  • The additional costs
  • The baggage supplement. Very often, the company limits the weight of the suitcase to 15 or 20 kg, which is not much for your personal effects + the fishing equipment ;
  • The guide and, possibly, the boat rental (there are packages including the fishing parts in their entirety, inquire with the local infrastructure) ;
  • The guide's tips;
  • A little bit of spare money for the imprints ;
  • Administrative fees if not necessary (passport, vaccine, visa…) ;
  • The purchase of adequate equipment including fishing gear, fishing clothes or other clothes adapted to the destination, first aid kit, etc.

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Note this good advice: save money on transport and accommodation if you want to but don't skimp on the quality of the equipment! Opt for reliable and reputable brands that minimise breakage and will make your time much more enjoyable.


Be prepared for administrative formalities

As a French resident, you can normally travel freely in Europe. However, you will need a visa to travel to other countries.

To find out if your destination country requires a visa:

In all cases, you will need to present at least a valid passport (for some destinations, a passport valid for at least 6 months after your return to France is required).

Finally, remember to check if you need to be vaccinated as some countries require it and are very strict on this point.

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Your equipment (rod, reel, lures…) will need to be carefully selected for the fish or fishes you are going to fish for. To aim right, don't hesitate to ask your future guide for advice and read our articles on the different fishing techniques (fishing in Madagascar, fishing with inchikutenya fishing...). You will also find a selection of the best products for exotic food offered on our website.


It's always a good idea to have several sets of different strengths so that you can adapt to the weather conditions. The same goes for your clothing: have warm and light clothing, rain gear and good sun protection. In the tropics, anything can happen!


As you can see, going abroad for a holiday is a careful planning process. There are many things to think about. Don't wait until the last minute for your purchases and administrative procedures. A few weeks before your departure, make an inventory of what you own and plan to buy what you need and, finally, all that is left is to wish you a good trip!

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