The key to catching fish is all about having the right equipment. Nothing can slow down a day on the water faster than reaching into your tackle box and realizing you don’t have what you need to keep your line in the water. Here are seven must-haves for every tackle, and some of the problems that can arise without them.
1. Extra lures
Whether it’s a feisty fish or just a snag on a rock or piece of wood, lines break and lures can be lost. It’s important to always keep a few extras on hand just in case you need it. A fish won’t bite an empty line.
As any good fisherman knows, there is more to rigging a fishing pole than just line and a lure. Depending on your set-up for what you want to catch, you may need things like swivels, bobbers, bobber stoppers, beads, etc. Don’t let a silly little missing accessory ruin your entire day of fishing.
Nothing is more frustrating than landing a big fish and realizing that it has swallowed the hook deep into its’ stomach. And if you catch something with teeth, reaching into its’ mouth with bare hands can be dangerous. A good set of pliers can keep you safe and help you avoid a lot of hassle when it comes to taking a hook out of your fish.
4. Spare line
Despite best laid plans, fishing line inevitably seems to snap or become tangled. When this happens, it is often easier to just cut the line and start fresh with new line rather than spending the entire day trying to untangle it. A spare reel of line can help you spend more time with your line in the water.
A hot day of fishing can end if the bait runs out. One strategy is to keep some synthetic baits in your tackle box at all times, in case your supply of live bait runs out. It won’t be as effective, but it will be good enough to keep you fishing.
Whenever you need to change fishing lures or tie a new lure onto your fishing line, it helps to have a good pair of scissors handy. The faster you can change lures, the quicker you’ll be able to find the one that works to help you catch big fish.
7. Measuring tape
In most cases, a measuring tape is helpful in letting you know how big of a fish you have caught, but in some cases, it is an absolute necessity due to size regulations on certain types of fish.