Men and their big boy toys. It can be real cars, toy cars, tools, and for those into sport fishing, it’s anything and everything in their fishing tackle box. When you are out there in the middle of the sea or river, you have to be ready for any situation that the fish might hand to you. To ensure a good and safe catch, you need an efficient and complete fishing tackle box. But you also don’t want to be lagging around a heavy one, so be wise about what to put in there. Here are some tips:
NEEDLE NOSE PLIERS
When your dream catch has been caught, you need the needle nose pliers to remove the hook from your fish. If you are not careful, you may also need it to take the hook out of some vital part of you.
TIP: get a brand that has handles with built-in ergonomic grips for a sure catch. Otherwise, if the handles are flat, it can slide out of your hands, and perhaps with your fish, too.
You can use nail clippers or a knife when your line is all tangled up, and cutting it is the easiest and fastest option. Even a small clipper can do the job, and is actually safer to have around.
TIP: to avoid entangling your line, when spooling a new line, lay the spool flat, and then wind on several feet, then open the bail.
A huge fish might snap the one you are using now so be ready with a spare one. Or it might get entangled and working it out might cause you to miss that big fish. It will literally be the one that got away.
TIP: if you are fishing in rougher waters, like the open sea, choose a sturdier and heavier fishing line. If you are fishing in a lake, use a thin, clear one so the fish wouldn’t notice it.
Different hooks for different folks and different fishes. Some prefer the J-hook while others stick to using the French hook. Whatever your preference is, bring some in various sizes to suit different sizes of fish. Smallest size is 32 and ranges up to 19/0.
TIP: general rule is to use the smallest line so it would be less noticeable.
Many prefer live baits, but when you run out, it is a safe practice to carry around plastic worms in your tackle box. Some say the color of the plastic worms mattes so when you find your luck in a certain color, stick to it.
TIP: the easiest kind to use is those with long tails.
The most basic would be to use the hook and live bait, but there might be special circumstances that would require the use of lures so be ready with a couple. There are spinners and spoons, top water lures, and a lot more all designed to attract the fish. The spinners, for instance, have a blade that spins to draw attention.
TIP: crankbaits or plugs are made of hard plastic, and are made of hard kind of plastic. It works to be cast out and retrieved to trigger the fish to strike it. This kind of lure is versatile and can be used in many occasions.
These are also called floaters, and used to alert you when you have hooked a fish. When a fish has bitten on your bait, the bobber sink, which is a signal for you to reel in your catch.
There are different kinds of bobbers. The more common one is the red and white plastic round ones, which are easy to use, just clip them on the line. This type of bobber, however, limits the depth of your line. Another kind is the slip bobber, which is versatile, and is able to slide up and down the line. It takes longer time to put in place, but the extra effort is worth it.
TIP: you can make a homemade bobber using a piece of cork, put a stick through it, and tie on your line.
So you got your hook and your bait, but your line refuses to go down into the water, but instead, floats on top. Use a sinker to weigh it down. Sinkers are easy to lose so bring a few more. Choose your option from those made of brass, steel or tungsten.
TIP: when you are using live baits and lures, use a split shot sinker. Pinch it to move it to set depth.
HANDY FIRST-AID KIT
Be ready for anything and there are fishing-related accidents like getting your hook caught in your hand. It should contain some small bandages, waterproof medical tape, Band-Aids and antibiotic ointment.
TIP: bring a cellphone with you at all times, and keep it dry by placing inside waterproof bags.
When breeze is blowing steadily, you tend to forget that the sun is also shining down on you with its harmful rays. Put it inside the tackle box in case you forget to put some on before heading out, or you can re-apply when the sun is hottest.
TIP: hydrate your body, too, by drinking lots of water while fishing. And beer is not water; it gets you even thirstier.
Remember, when you get home, replenish the items you used during the fishing trip so you remember what they were. Also, clean those that you used, and do not store it dirty.
Keep your fishing tackle box well-stocked and orderly. It might save your life, or at the very least, save your dream catch from swimming away.