Planning a family fishing trip vacation doesn’t have to be fraught with a lot of stress. We all know how much time and effort goes into planning any kind of trip that includes the whole family. Why not purchase a packaged fishing trip that includes nearly everything? When you plan a trip for fishing it can often take hours even days to work through all the details. I ended up purchasing a package that had everything in it. All I had to do was make sure my son’s medications were packed and all the other “special” items the family needs, and we were off. From now on, I let the business owner handle all the arrangements and we get in the car or on the plane.
Packages can be complete in that they offer transportation, lodging, fishing equipment and meals. Many have several types of packages that are set up by the amount of days you want to be there to a pricing table that can help you decide what you can afford. Packages often can include any or all of the accommodations and amenities you want but not always. Here are some examples of what packages may or may not offer.
Fishing packages can be for a half-day or full day. They can be tailored for fishing trips lasting up to seven days and more. Some may include lodging and meals. Don’t forget that the business owner knows his area well. He or she can advise you on other activities and events for the family. Many times my children don’t want to go fishing all day everyday so I always find out what else there is to do. I have found tours to historic sites, movie theatres and special children’s events at the location near where we were fishing. Most guides’ wives even arranged transportation for our three children to go to another nearby town to watch wildlife. Be sure to ask what kind of rates, lodging and meals can be provided for your size of family.
When choosing a fishing vacation, no matter where it is, ask about the owner’s feelings about children. Most are in the business of providing the ultimate fishing vacations and love children of all ages. If your child or your spouse has never been fishing, a package with an experienced owner/guide will make it a more memorable experience. A guide will also know the “fishing holes”. The chance that your first family fishing vacation will be successful (catching lots of fish) is almost a certainty. Your package and guide will be able to get you to the right fishing spots at the best times. Most important, check the owner and his or her business reputation. Call them and ask all the questions you want answered. You will learn a lot from one phone call. Every fishing trip I have been on has always been fun and exciting because I purchased a package, researched the business owner and made sure I understood all the details in the package. Your family will have a wonderful memory and that’s what having a family is all about.