Since the rise of man, the need for hunting, fishing, and gathering has been essential to our survival. The hunting and gathering dynamic is no longer the basis of our society, but has grown into a popular outdoor sport. Animals are still killed for meat and hides, but are also now killed for the trophy they may yield. Big game, like deer and elk, are often killed for their antlers while fish are kept somewhat whole for trophy mounting.
When scheduling a trip or vacation, it's smart to book a guide along with the outdoor lodge or campsite before you fly. Guides not only know the sport inside and out, but they also know the lay of the land, where the best game are, any extra equipment you may need such as a fishing mule, and some even know the history of the area. The skills and knowledge they can provide on your journey are invaluable, especially if you wish to have a successful trip.
Fishing guides will often have their own boats that you can charter to go out on the bay. When booking the trip, take into account the body of water you'll be visiting such as a river, lake, or deep sea trip and pack accordingly. Salt water can destroy fresh water equipment and some salt water fish such as full grown salmon or striped bass can break smaller rods. You'll also need to bring boots or waders, depending on how far from the shore you intend on standing. If you're further into the surf, you'll need higher waders.