Essential Fishing Gear In Everyone’s Tackle Box

Fishing is a favorite pastime for many people. It is a wonderful way to relax and to enjoy the great outdoors. If you are planning to go on a fishing trip in the near future, you should make sure that your tackle box has the gear that you need. Regardless of the type of fishing that you will be doing, there are essential items that you should always keep in your tackle box.

Fishing
Fishing. Image source: commons.wikimedia.org

1. Line

Telescopic 7.9FT 6 Sections Carbon Fiber ISO Fishing Rod
Telescopic 7.9FT 6 Sections Carbon Fiber ISO Fishing Rod

Always bring along extra line. It is inevitable that your line will break due to one reason or another. If you do not have enough line, you cannot fish and you will have to cut your trip short. So, pack extra line that is suitable for the type of fish that you are catching and for the water that you are in.

2. Hooks

Treble Fish Hooks, 6# Sharp Treble Stainless Steel Fishing Hooks
Treble Fish Hooks, 6# Sharp Treble Stainless Steel Fishing Hooks

Bring along extra hooks in different sizes and types. This will prepare you to catch almost any kind of fish that you will encounter.

3. Floaters

Fishing Float, 5B Wooden Fishing Floats / Fishing Bobber
Fishing Float, 5B Wooden Fishing Floats / Fishing Bobber

You will need to pack some floaters. When you attach a floater to your line, the floater will sink when the fish bites your line. This gives you  a visual cue that you got a bite so you can reel it in.

4. Swivels

Fishing Swivels.
Fishing Swivels. Image credit: commons.wikimedia.org

Pack in some swivels. These help prevent the fishing line from twisting.

5. Sinkers

Fishing Sinkers
Fishing Sinkers. Image credit: commons.wikimedia.org

Extra sinkers are needed. A sinker that is attached to the line will weigh down the hook and bait under water so the fish can get to it. If you don’t use a sinker, your bait will just float on top of the water.

6. Lures

Fishing Lure, Jig Head Single Hook Spinner Spoon Lure
Fishing Lure, Jig Head Single Hook Spinner Spoon Lure

Bring along a variety of lures. You never know what a fish will be attracted to. Sometimes certain colors and movements of the lure work better than others. The best way to find out which ones work for you is just by experimenting with them.

7. Plastic Worms

 2.36
2.36″ New Fishing Lures Baits Crankbait

It will not hurt to bring along some plastic worms. Even if you plan to use live bait, having a few plastic worms on hand may make a difference in what you catch.

8. Needle Nose Pliers

Curved Plier for Braid Fishing Wire Line Lures Hook
Curved Plier for Braid Fishing Wire Line Lures Hook

Do not forget to bring a pair of needle nose pliers. You will need that to remove the hook from the fish or from anything else that the hook got stuck on.

9. Clipper

Fishing Scissors, Plastic Cover Handy Scissors Fishing Line Sharp Cutter
Fishing Scissors, Plastic Cover Handy Scissors Fishing Line Sharp Cutter

You will need a clipper for your line. You do not need anything fancy. A regular nail clipper can usually do the trick. This comes in handy especially when your line gets tangled or snagged and you just want to cut it.

10. First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit

These last couple of items are not fishing gear, but they should go into your tackle box. One is a first aid kit that has some plastic bandages, antibiotic ointment, some sterile gauze and some medical tape. It is easy to get small injuries from hooks and other sharp objects. Keeping a small first-aid kit in your tackle box will ensure that you will never forget to bring one.

11. Sun Screen

Sun Screen
Sun Screen. Image source: commons.wikimedia.org

Another thing to keep in your tackle box is sunscreen. You may sit out in the sun for hours waiting for a bite. Keeping some sunscreen in your tackle box will remind you to put some on regularly.

Before you leave for your next fishing trip, make sure that you have these essential items in your tackle box. Knowing that you are prepared will make your fishing experience more enjoyable.

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