With warmer weather fast approaching, it is time to start planning those summer fishing trips that will allow you to catch up with old friends and family. But before you grab your trusty tackle box and head out to the nearest fishing hole, you’ll want to check and make sure that your box is stocked with all the performance fishing accessories that you’ll need to have a successful time.
Similar to that of an individual’s tool box, what is found in a person’s tackle box will come down to personal preference and the type of fish that you are trying to catch. Below are 10 things that you should have inside your tackle box no matter what type of fish you are catching.
- Extra Line
When out fishing, you can always count on your line breaking; whether from a large fish you’re trying to reel in or getting snagged on a rock, it’s almost guaranteed to happen. This is why it is always a good idea to have extra line tucked away in your tackle box for when such instances happen. The line that you will need will vary based, once again, on the type of fish that you are fishing for. If you are fishing in rough conditions, you’ll want to have a heavier, more durable fishing line. If you are fishing in a crystal-clear body of water, you’ll want to have a thin, clear line as stealth will be key to having a successful fishing experience.
2. Extra Hooks
It is a good idea to have a variety of different hooks in your tackle box, so you’ll be prepared for any sort of fish that you encounter. Some fishermen will recommend a certain type of hook over another. No matter what type of hook that you prefer, make sure that you have them readily available in a variety of sizes to accommodate the fish that are available to you.
Bobbers, also referred to as floaters, are useful in helping you to know when you have a bite from a fish. When a fish bites, the bobber will sink, signaling that you need to be ready to reel in your catch. As with other fishing accessories, you’ll have a variety of different bobbers from which to choose. The most popular choice is the round, red and white, plastic ones which will clip to your line, thereby setting the depth at which you will be fishing.
Another popular choice is the slip bobber. This particular style of bobber lets you slide it up and down the line. They do take more time to attach to your line, but many fishermen believe that the extra effort is worth it in the end. Either way, whatever style of bobber you prefer, you’ll want to make sure that you have extras in your tacklebox!
By themselves, a hook and worm won’t sink down very far, due to their minimal weight. Therefore, you’ll need to attach a sinker, aka a “weight,” to compensate for the lack of weight. It is easy to lose a few sinkers when out fishing, so you’ll want to make sure that you have extras packed away in your tackle box, just in case.
5. Plastic Worms
Whether you prefer to use plastic worms or live bait, it is still a good idea to have a package or two of plastic worms in your tackle box. This is especially true if you are bass fishing. Plastic worms are available in a variety of different colors and sizes.
Often you will be able to enjoy a day of fishing with just a hook and a worm. But if you are looking to take your fishing to the next level, you’ll want to think about using some of the more complex lures that are available. There are numerous types of lures available, ranging from spinners and spoons, to minnow imitations and top water lures. Each type of lure is designed to behave a specific way in the water to attract the attention of a fish. The type of lure that you use, will once again be based on personal preference. Once you have found a lure that you like, be sure to pack a few extra into your tackle box before you head out for your next fishing adventure.
7. Needle Nose Pliers
You‘ll want, and need, to have a pair of needle nose pliers in your tackle box to remove hooks from fish after you have successfully caught them. Occasionally, you’ll need pliers to remove hooks from your hands and fingers as well.
8. First Aid Kit
Small injuries, such as getting a hook caught in your finger or falling down, are likely to happen when fishing. For such instances, you’ll want to have a small first aid kit on hand. You’ll want to be sure that your first aid kit is equipped with some band-aids, Neosporin, small bandages, and some waterproof medical tape.
When you are out fishing, you are going to be out in the sun all day. In order to protect your skin, and to prevent skin cancer, make sure you slather on some good sunscreen and continue to reapply throughout the day. Chances are you will either forget to put it on before you hit the water, or you’ll forget to bring it along to reapply. Throw a bottle in your tackle box, that way you’re sure to have some with you.
10. Line Cutter
There are times when you might get a snag in your line that you can’t get out of, and you’re only option will be to cut your line. A simple pocket knife or other such object will get the job done and allow you to continue fishing.
In addition to having a tackle box that is well stocked with all of your performance fishing accessories, you’ll want to make sure that you are properly outfitted as well. Wroxx performance fishing shirts, gaiters, hats and sunglasses will ensure that you are comfortable and have an enjoyable time out fishing.
Love the list; great advice!
Personally I also try to make sure I bring along some energy-packed snacks (e.g., cliff bars, jerky, or a good trail mix) and something to drink (like bottled waters or gatorade). I find that having a few things like that with me to keep the thirst and hunger at bay allows me to keep at it longer, meaning more opportunities to catch fish! (At least theoretically :))
(Love your gear btw; nowadays I won’t set foot on the water without my Wroxx shirt)
I’d also suggest maybe some bug spray!