Fishing is one of the most calming hobbies to take part in. You get to your fishing spot early in the morning, and you spend all day catching and releasing game (fish), or you can see what you caught and make a meal at the end of the day (if it’s allowed in your fishing zone). Most older fishers take the classic route of taking a cooler to their favorite fishing spot, and that’s really about it. However, if you’re new to fishing and want to take more things to make yourself comfortable, there’s nothing wrong with that.
The modern-day fisherman may not just want their drinks nearby; no, instead, you may want to power a few smalls appliances that you take with you. You may also want to charge up your smartphone, especially if you’re taking photos or videos to post on social media such as Instagram or Facebook. At this point, since technology is available to make us feel at home even when we’re far away from home, then we might as well use it.
In this guide, we’re covering a few electronics that you should take with you when you go fishing to be more comfortable and have a better time when you’re out there all day.
A Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone
It may seem like a bad idea to take valuable electronics with you when you’re fishing, but with the proper amount of caution, it’s not as bad as you think. Especially when you consider that you’re going to be waiting on your bait to work for a while, and fishing is really a waiting game. Most may think that you always have to be holding your fishing rod, or at least keep an eye on it; if that’s the case, then you should definitely consider getting a fishing bite arm; this alarm basically goes off when enough pressure is placed on your rod. This makes it, so you don’t have to focus on your fishing line the whole day.
Instead, you can focus on things that you would normally do at home but while you’re fishing. Such as browsing the web, watching a movie, and you can even take a gaming laptop with you and play some videogames. It doesn’t sound practical, but that that’s because it doesn’t have to be. Bringing your laptop may also allow you to catch up on work in a calm environment while still letting you get some fresh air. Bringing your smartphone is a must if you want it for emergencies.
With that said, if you’re bringing your electronic devices with you, you should also consider bringing a portable charger along too. Fishing takes a lot of time, and if you’re using your laptop, smartphone, or tablet for a long duration, it’s going to lose power and leave you bored staring at the water. That’s why we recommend bringing along a portable charger. Many types on the market range from featuring USB-C PD to charge laptops to ones that have low capacity and are meant for charging smartphones only.
Depending on your needs, you can go for which one you think is best to use.
Speaking of portable chargers being something that you should take with you when fishing; weather radios also act as chargers. Taking a weather radio with you can be the difference between being stuck in the rain and running to pack your belongings up; or moving to another area to keep fishing for the day.
Along with providing the weather, weather radios also feature LED flashlights that can be useful if you’re out fishing at night or for those times when you’re camping and fishing. As we mentioned before, there are weather radios that double as chargers; some have 4,000mAh power capacities that can charge smartphones.
If you’re going Camping and Fishing
Camping and fishing can definitely be part of the same activity, and if you’re camping, then bringing along a portable power source is a good idea. That’s because you may be spending a few days out in the wilderness, and chances are you’ve brought along a few electronics; to keep those powered or charged up, you’re going to need something more powerful than a power bank. At least more lasting, that you can constantly use without losing power. In those cases, a solar charger or a power station that uses AC outlets to power appliances is the best option.
A solar charger may be one of the best types of chargers that you can bring on a camping fishing trip, as you can keep the panel in the sunlight all day and have your devices charging from the USB ports. This is especially useful if you’re using the ITEHIL 100W solar charger with two USB-A Ports and a single DC port that you can use to charge DC chargeable laptops. That said, a solar charger can be limiting when the sun goes down or if you don’t have access to direct sunlight. That’s when an ITEHIL power station can come in handy.
The power station from ITEHIL features a 500W power output between its two AC outlets, and that can be used to power portable hotplates that can be taken with you when you go fishing. So you can catch your fish and start cooking back at camp. The IT500 power station also uses a host of USB charging ports that can charge laptops and fast charge smartphones. You can also depend on a power station to last a few days, and you can use a solar charger to recharge the power station for when you run out of power.