Angling is an awesome experience that everybody should enjoy. If you’re just starting out as an angler, then you need the right set of tools to fully experience the pleasure of fishing trips.
I recently published an article about fishing kits for beginners, but this article is about fishing tackle box essentials, it is not targeted at beginners only, but to all anglers that would love to set up a standard tackle box. It is basically a fishing essentials list, whether you’re into freshwater fishing or you have a thing for bass fishing, I have covered the basics of things that your tackle box should contain. Consider it a tackle box checklist.
I listed out some of the essential items that should be found in a typical tackle box, hopefully, the article will guide you in creating a tackle box that will greatly improve your fishing experience. The items on the list are in no particular order, making each of them as important as it could be.
Hooks: You need a hook to catch fishes. While there are various types of hook, it’s important to be educated on the type of fish you’re gunning for and also understand the basic techniques behind angling in general.
Most of the time, the J-hook will easily get the job done, but if you’re interested in going against the old fashion way, you can check up other types of fishing hooks in the market, the French hook is another popular recommendation.
Whatever your choice is; try as much as possible to have extras in your tackle box, you will need it more often than not. If you’re into bass fishing, then you look into hooks that are considered much more suitable for bass fishing.
Lines: Whether its a monofilament, fluorocarbon or braid fishing lines, you should have extras in your tackle box at all times. The choice of your fishing lines depends on several other factors that are beyond the scope of this article, you should make it a point to have extras of your suitable fishing lines in your box at all time.
Sinkers: Since you only need one sinker at a time, you don’t need dozens of sinkers in your tackle box, just two or three to get the job done.
Lures: Some anglers prefer live bait, but if you’ve not mastered angling to some extent, fishing with a live bait might be a bit of a task, in that you would need to be as sensitive as you can to make a catch. Most beginners would rather resolve to lures or plastic worm. This isn’t a rule of thumb, it’s just my observation over time. You need several lures of different colors, size, and shape, all depending on the type of fishing you’re into.
Bobbers/Floaters: Float fishing is fun, especially when you know what you’re doing. The benefits of a floater is a huge one. It basically directs your bait according to the current of the water you’re fishing in. It also gives you a signal, in case of a bite. You don’t need dozens of bobbers in your tackle box, one or two will do. There are various types of floaters,, therefore your selection should be based on the water in which you intend to swim.
Fishing Pliers: I consider a plier one of the fishing tackle box essential in that sometimes removing the hook and doing other sorts of handy stuff during a fishing trip calls for the use of a plier. Your choice of plier depends on the type of water you’re fishing in. Personally, I wouldn’t go too technical on details. As long as you have functioning pliers and you clean it thoroughly after use, you should be fine with having just one in your tackle box.
First Aid Kit: Cut happens every now and then. You need first aid kit to cauterize the wound at least until you get back home. This is when simple first aid kit comes handy. It does not have to be something complicated. Cotton wool, Plaster, as well as methylated spirit should get you fixed up.
Sunscreen: You don’t want to get sun-burnt. This is the main purpose of having one of this in your tackle box. It’s not a fishing tool per se, but it’s equally essential.
Knife: The purpose of this is self-explanatory. Take your time to get a favorite knife, and always remember to keep it sharpen all the time.
Fishing Rod and Reel: While this will not fit into a “Tackle Box”, it is an essential item on a fishing tackle box checklist. As a beginner, you need to find something that is suitable for the type of fishing you’re trying to catch. I have a post about few recommendations on best fishing rod and reel combo.
Sun Glasses: One of the things I like about fishing as a hobby is that it is an outdoor activity that can be done in a fashionable manner. Sunglasses do not just protect your eye from the harsh reflection of the sun, it also makes you look fashionable while doing what you enjoy doing. A polarized sunglasses is highly essential on fishing trips. Check this article on some other fishing gear list for wade fishing
That’s a brief list of fishing tackle box essentials. While the list could be more comprehensive, I feel as though the other times that might be added would most probably not be as essential as the ones that have been listed in the article, but if you have some other items in your tackle box, and you think they should make the list; kindly share them in the comment box.