Essentials you should always have in your tackle box

Essentials you should always have in your tackle box

Regardless if you’re a huge angling enthusiast, a well-established professional or a complete beginner when it comes to the activity, having the right equipment is one of the core essentials when it comes to fishing.

Apart from your typical stuff like your rod, some fishing bait or the right clothing, there are some additional things that you should always have at your disposal in the case of changing weather or the need to readapt your tactics.

In this article, we will discuss a few essential items you should always bring with you on your fishing trip.

Different sized hooks

While you probably will have a general idea for your hook size depending on the type of fishing that you’re doing and the species that you’re going with, it never hurts to bring additional options for extra flexibility.

The general rule is to try to use the smallest possible hook for the fish that you’re trying to catch. If you’re not sure what will work best, having a few extras will help you easily find the optimal one. Also, make sure that all of them are sharp.

A few sinkers

Sinkers are small pieces of weight that you attach to your setup in order to achieve your desired level of depth when fishing. As you may probably know already, different species will be lurking in different depths, so having that flexibility is always a bonus.

A good indicator of weight balance is seeing half of your bobber sticking out of the water and sticking upright.

Artificial lure options

A great way to make sure that your setup is an effective one is to employ an artificial lure option that comes in various colors, shapes and sizes. While different ones will work better for different species, it’s always a safe bet to bring a couple of options with you.

You may find that some work better for deep water fishing, while others for top water and so on. This is another means of making your setup more flexible.

Additional line

Having some extra fishing line in your tackle box is one of the best ways to ensure that your fishing journey doesn’t come to an abrupt end. In case your line gets torn, having a set of extra lines will allow you to easily replace it and continue fishing.

Tape for measuring fish

A great additional to your tackle box inventory will be a set of measuring tape in order to measure the exact size of your catch. 

This is not only useful in terms of registering your biggest catches that you can tell your angling buddies about, it will also make sure that you don’t violate your local regulations if you decide to take your catch with you. 

Some laws prohibit fishing larger specimens of a species, and a tape will let you exactly the length of your catch.

Additional gear for safety

While this should be an obvious one, not all anglers, for example, bring an emergency first aid kit in case you get a cut or a bite that needs treating. You never know what might happen so make sure you're prepared for anything.

Other items like eyewear, headwear and the right clothing can also be great to protect you from sunlight if you plan on angling for the whole day.

All in all

Today we talked about some key essentials that every angler should have in their tackle box. While obvious choices, check listing everything beforehand can ensure that you have the best possible experience.

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