Motorcycle Fishing: A To Z Guideline For Newbies
Motorcycle plus fishing…hmmm…does this sum even add up?
For most folks, the idea of motorcycle fishing sounds unusual.
And for the few who have tried it before, they look forward to doing it on all their motorcycle tours.
Simply because it’s a hell of FUN!
Now let’s talk about you…
If you’re a motorcyclist who loves fishing as a hobby or simply looking for a new hobby, fishing would make a good choice!
If you combine the two activities, your outdoor trips will turn into some fun mixed with some challenge.
The experience gets even better when you go motorcycle fishing with your friends.
Assuming you have never done this before, you might be dying with a lot of questions like what you need, where, how, when, and why to do it.
That’s why we have crafted this guide to answer all your questions on motorcycle fishing and prepare you for your first ever fishing with your bike.
Let’s do this…
The Basics: What is Motorcycle Fishing?
Motorcycle fishing is what you might have been guessing all along—using your motorbike as a means of transport to your fishing destination.
But don’t get it twisted…motorcycle fishing doesn’t mean entering into the fishing waters with your motorcycle. Now that would be really, really unusual.
What you simply do is hop on your motorcycle and ride to your favorite fishing spot, if you’re a seasoned angler.
When you arrive at your fishing destination spot, you park your motorcycle by the side, or somewhere you deem suitable, unpack your fishing gear and then head to the waters to catch the fish.
See a short video below of a guy explaining motorcycle fishing in visual form …
Talking of the fishing gear, you might be asking yourself what exactly you need to bring with you to the fishing spot.
In the next section, we explain the essential gear to pack in your motorcycle if you want to catch fish.
Is motorcycle better than truck for fishing?
If you’re used to fishing with your truck, then you might wonder if it’s wise to put it aside and try a completely different method of transportation—your two-wheeled machine.
As experienced motorcyclist anglers agree, your bike might end up getting you to your fishing spot faster than your truck, as you won’t need to stress yourself over a true pullout for parking the truck. With your bike, you can easily pull off the road at just any point, and even a ditch will make a suitable parking spot.
Not to forget that your bike will enable you to hit even more fishing spots than a truck as it offers you an easier (and better) access to the river or lake.
Another cool thing about using your motorcycle to hit the fishing spot is that most anglers aren’t yet aligned with the idea of motorcycle fishing. You’ll usually find people looking for new fishing spots riding in trucks decorated with fishing stickers taking your bike is a sure way to keep your favorite fishing spot a secret.
Then again, your bike might be slower than your truck. Remember, you’ve got to put that helmet and gloves, strap your fishing gear correctly on your bike, all of which will be time-consuming. As for your truck, you simply throw the gear in the back, hop into the cab and get going.
Motorcycle fishing means riding to your fishing spot as you enjoy the fresh air and that feeling of the sun kissing your face. This is not an experience if you go for a fishing trip with your truck.
So, will you choose to stick to your truck for fishing, or would you want to try a motorcycle?
Essential Gear for Motorcycle Fishing
You’ll need to carry the usual fishing gear to your fishing destination. These include:
(i). Fishing rod:
Head to your local fishing store and look for lightest, most compact fishing rod available. You’ll usually be presented with two types of fishing rods:
Multi-piece pole: This is usually a favorite for many anglers as its made from much better materials, have better rod action, delivers more precise fit, and packs into a more compact size than a telescopic pole.
Telescopic pole: the pole is designed to collapse into itself, allowing you to shrink an 8-10ft. long pole into a compact length of 2ft. for increased portability. The pole is more suitable for beginner anglers and people who spend most of the time camping. However, it has a higher probability of breaking.
While still at it, you might consider getting a motorcycle fishing rod holder to help you conveniently transport your fishing rod.
You’ll also need to carry some lures. These should include hard bodies and soft plastics with varying weights and depths to ensure you have a lure for every fishing condition.
Artificial lures are loved because they’re a less smelly option and simple option.
However, you can still use the traditional baits.
A word of advice: Don’t carry baits from your home as they can get hot and smelly…and the fish won’t like them. Most fishing spots have a bait shop, so you won’t have problems getting them out there.
(iii). Other items
Don’t forget to pack braid scissors, a roll of leader materials, and pliers if fishing with braided lines. Or you can get a multi-tool with all these functions at a lower price.
Other Essentials for Motorcycle Fishing:
Other important things to carry with you to your motorcycle fishing adventure include:
(i). Fishing license/permit: You can easily obtain these permits at known fishing spots or even general stores. Or you can check at the nearest tourist info center.
(ii). Cooking utensils: Yes, packing your motorcycle cooking items—like aluminum foil, cooking/eating utensils, plates, seasonings, etc.- will enable you to hassle-freely cook and eat your catch.
Planning Your First Motorcycle Fishing Adventure
First things first…you’ll need to identify a suitable fishing spot.
If you’re a seasoned angler, then you already have your favorite fishing spots. And it’d just be a matter of deciding which one you’d want to try.
Ideally, you’d want to take on an interesting route, with cool features and great views along the way. And the destination should also offer good fishing.
Next, you’d want to pack up your fishing gear, clothes, and utensils (if you’re planning for camping).
Ensure you separate the fishing gear from your clothes to prevent them from getting the fish smell. If possible, pack your fishing gear in one pannier and your clothes and other items in another pannier.
Alternatively, you can put your fishing gear in a waterproof bag and then strap it to the side/top of your pannier.
REMEMBER to pack as light as possible; no need to overload your bike. You can look for a motorcycle fishing pole holder to help you contently carry the fishing rod
You’ll also need to decide if you’re to camp or stay in a pub or motel. As you decide on this step, keep in mind that camping will require you to carry more gear.
If you go fishing with your buddies, then camping might be more fun.
When the day finally arrives, it’s advisable to let yourself loose as early as possible. This is even truer if your planned fishing destination is far away. This will give you enough time to fish, explore the area, and do more.
Besides, you don’t know how the weather would turn out later in the day.
You’ve finally arrived at your fishing destination… what’s next?
Now, you can choose to first pitch your tent (assuming you’re camping) and then go fishing. Or you can park your motorcycle, grab your motorcycle fishing kit and hit the waters, …and do the camping later.
A quick tip: If you’re camping with your buddies, one of them can be left setting the tent to ensure you don’t miss a spot.
Unless you’re a pro angler, you don’t plan to catch buckets of fish. Most probably, you’ll have scored only a few before the sun sets.
If the fish don’t seem to play to your time, you don’t have to sit there hoping to catch once more. You can take the reaming time to explore the new area and learn new things—this is the fun of motorcycle fishing.
Simply hop on your bike and ride to a new area, where you can take a snack or have coffee. Alternatively, you can ride back to your camp to clean and prepare your catch for dinner.
Pro TIP: Don’t even think of carrying your catch home! If you put the fish in your saddlebag for a day, even with ice, your panniers will smell fish for the rest of their life!
If you’re camping, you’ll have a good night cooking your day’s catch with your friends. If you’re staying in a motel, you can ask them to prepare the fish for you (of course, at a small fee).
Don’t forget to take photos of your catch, though! Go show how your family the fun you had with motorcycle fishing.
Get ready to fish with your bike!
Ready to explore your new adventure? Well, make sure you pack all the essential fishing gear and other necessities we have explained in this guide. Identify a suitable fishing spot to try out this exciting adventure for the first time.
Don’t forget to bring your permit or fishing license. You don’t want to get caught illegally fishing and be slapped with fines that turn your new adventure sour.
We can’t guarantee that you’ll catch a fish on your first motorcycle fishing adventure, but we can promise you it’ll be fun-filled, with or without a catch!