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Essential Gear for Fishing - Must-Haves for Your Tackle Box

You haven’t met your friends in a while, and the tiring work schedule is draining your energy. Perhaps, all you need is a short break. Call your mates and decide a place away from the city to catch up with your friends and maybe “catch” some fish too. Sounds exciting, right?

But, before you head out for a fishing session, do some homework. Check if your tackle box is well-stocked. Not sure if you are missing out on some essential fishing gear? While your personal choice matters, here are some must-have-fishing gears for your tackle box

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1. Fishing Lines, Duh!

First things first; your fishing session is not possible without a variety of simple or specially-designed strings. Fishing lines are classified on the basis of their visibility and elasticity. Also, the strength and weight of your fishing line depending on the type of your catch. For instance,

  • When you’re fishing in rough conditions, you’d require a strong and heavy fishing line.
  • For shallow or clear waters, a stealthy thin line is all you need.

Fishing lines are “prone” to breaking or getting tangled. Who knows a big fish may eat the string. So, for such situations, it’s always better to keep some extra lines in your box.

2. Some Hooks to “hook” the Fish

You must have some hooks in different sizes in the box for your desired catch. The hooks help catch the fish, big or small. The common shapes of hook include single, double, treble, and circle. At the same time, you’ll find hooks as small as number 32 and as large as 19/0.

Now, if you think what size or shape of the hook is best for you, then here is the deal. Keep the size of the water body and your “catch” in mind. For instance, using a 120-pound hook for a trout is stupidity, and you won’t like being called a stupid

3. Baits for Enticement

Before you could make a fish a part of your dinner, you have to offer them some food. Fish feel enticed towards baits and come closer to nibble the “food.” While many people use lures, live baits are the best attraction for fish.

Here, you can also consider using feeders. Feeder fishing is a great way of luring fish that like to graze on the waterbed close to the surface in the form of a group. A feeder releases the fish food, causing groups of fish to come and enjoy the feast. Once they have gathered in one place, you can use a cast net to catch dozens of them. Don’t be too hasty with though. Even this technique requires some time for you to get the best results.

4. Lures Can be Lucrative

While “real” is always better, artificial baits or lures can be effective for enticing the catch –especially when you are bass fishing. The “lures” look similar to small fish and instantly grab the attention of the big fish. Most of the lures are made of plastic and come in exciting colors and textures, suitable for different weather conditions.

In case you’re planning to go in the day time, use light-colored lures. However, you never know when the weather takes a turn, so keep some dark-colored lures as well. The darker lures are perfect for rough waters and cloudy days. For bass fishing, plastic worms would do the job.


5. Stock some Floaters/Bobbers

Floaters or bobbers are important fishing gears that “notify” you when a catch gets enticed to the bait. As soon as the fish nibbles the bait, the bobber sinks, and that’s when you reel in your catch. The conventional floaters include a piece of cork with a stick that can be easily tied on the fishing line.

You may find round-shaped bobbers in the market, usually red and white. However, plastic bobber does not have much castability. So, for casting your hook deeper into the water, you may go with a slip bobber (it requires more time and effort as compared to the plastic bobbers).

6. Sink-in the Fishline with Sinkers

Sometimes, the hook and worm may not have enough weight to sink deeper. So, you may require a “sinker” for some extra weight. While you are casting the fishing line, make sure to attach a sinker to provide stability to the line. With this support, the light-weighted hook and bait will sink deeper.

Commonly sinkers are made of lead, but their use is restricted due to environmental concerns. There are other safe options as well, including steel, brass, and tungsten sinkers. Again, sinkers have different shapes and weights. So, buy the one which matches your castability requirements. Also, don’t forget to have some extra sinkers in the box.

7. A pair of Needle Nose Pliers

Once the “catch” bites the bait, and you have reeled in the line, it’s time to take out the hook. Sometimes, the hook may end up in the body of the fish as well. Fish have sharp teeth, and you may end up hurting yourself while trying to take out the hook with bare hands. For carefully taking out the hooks, you need a pair of needle-nose pliers in your box.

Needle nose pliers are effective for you in other situations as well. For instance, you may use the nose pliers to remove the hook from your skin. In either case, make sure to use quality material pliers, preferably made of stainless steel. You may find them expensive, but you won’t regret this investment as stainless steel is non-corrosive.

8. Keep a place for Line Cutters

While fishing, sometimes, the line may get tangled or get into a snag that’s hard to remove. In such situations, the only option is to cut the fishing line. For this purpose, you must have a pocket knife or a pair of nail clipper in your tackle box.

While both can help you get out of the situation, a nail clipper is more convenient to keep and use. Compared to the knife, the nail clipper cuts the line quickly and efficiently.

9. A Flashlight or Headlamp

Fishing is such captivating hobby that people don’t mind waiting for the “catch” even when it gets dark. Sometimes, it gets difficult to set up a camp or search your car because of the low light. For such scenarios, an LED light or a headlamp is essential fishing gear. Besides these situations, you might need light for untangling lines after the sunset. So, keeping a headlamp or flashlight is must when you go fishing.

10. Insect Repellent

Perhaps, you are thinking the list of essential ends here. Well, that’s not the case. Your tackle box is incomplete without an insect repellent lotion. Those who go on fishing quite often know very well that mosquitoes, flies, and bugs can ruin a great fishing experience. So, to keep these tiny creatures at bay, never leave behind your insect repellent at home.

11. Sunscreen and Sunglasses

Fishing on a bright sunny day is a perfect way to end a tiring week. However, the exposure to UV rays is harmful to eyes and skin. A good pair of sunglasses will not only cover you’re your eyes but will also help to look clearly at the water in sunlight.

It is important to keep your skin covered for protection. Slathering some sunscreen on the exposed areas of your body will take less than 2 minutes. But, this will save you from sunburns, uneven skin tone, and pain at the end of the fishing day.

12. First-Aid Kit

Not just the tackle box, a first-aid kit is essential for all adventures and trips. While one hopes to have a happy and safe fishing day, you may encounter a minor accident. And, even minor injuries can be dangerous if not treated on time. So, having a small first-aid kit is a must for both long and short fishing sessions. If you don’t have much space, go with the basics. For instance, some pain killers, some band-aids for fishing injuries, a waterproof medical tape, and an antibiotic ointment.

Some points to consider:
Your tackle box is your companion during the fishing sessions. It is a small store that stocks all the essential fishing gears you need at the trip. However, a messy tackle box won’t be effective for a fun fishing experience.

So, it’s better to keep the things organized and prepare a checklist before setting out for a fishing session. Get these checkboxes ticked:

  • Does the box fit my needs? The shape and size of your tackle box are crucial. Since you won’t need many gears for a short fishing trip, a small tackle box is fine. For long trips, however, you will need a bigger box with multiple compartments.
  • Keep the essential fishing gears only as filling your tackle box with unnecessary stuff makes it messy.
  • Don’t forget to keep sealing bags in your tackle box.
  • For accessibility, label the compartments/trays. Labeling will keep the tackle box organized.
  • While you’re on the way, the tackle box can trip over several times. For not letting your efforts go in vain, keep the boxes and trays locked.
  • Don’t keep wet gears in the tackle box as they may cause rusting.

Final thoughts
Fishing is a great hobby that helps you to relax and enjoy nature. A well-equipped tackle box can make the difference between a smooth and ruined fishing trip. Despite the duration and destination of your trip, your tackle box must have some fishing gears in place. Extra fishing lines, hooks, sinkers, floaters, nail clippers, and baits are few of the essentials. Also, your skincare should be your primary concern. So, keep sunscreen, a mosquito repellent, and a pair of sunglasses in your fishing kit.