Fishing Tackle Box Essentials
Top Gear for Your Fishing Tackle Box
Fishing is one of America’s favorite past times. It’s the perfect way relax and is a great way to catch up with old friends. Before you head out to your favorite lake or take your boat on the ocean to fish, you need to make sure you have the essential saltwater fishing gear in you tackle box.
The design and contents of a tackle box, basically a tool box, will vary based on each fisherman’s preferences. What you include in your tackle box is also dependent on the location and type of fish you plan to catch.
Follow along as Rejuvenate Marine© offers tips for some of the essential items to stock in your saltwater tackle box.
Extra Fishing Line and Leaders
It’s always a good idea to pack extra line in your tackle box. It is a common occurrence for fishing line to get hung up on underwater obstacles requiring you to cut it. For this reason, include extra leader as well.
Hooks and Weights
Extra hooks and weights are another essential part of your saltwater tackle box. If your line breaks or you need to cut it, you will be losing a hook and probably a weight in the process. Fishing hooks bend and break as well - it is relatively inexpensive to pack an extra set of hooks. You should pack both a variety of weights as well as different sizes of hooks that you intend on using.
Saltwater Fishing Lures
A good angler will pack the essential saltwater fishing lures that catch fish anywhere. We’ll cover the essential saltwater fishing lures in more detail in another blog post. For now, the top must have lures to pack in your tackle box include shrimp lures, crankbaits, popper lures and spoon lures.
Needle nose pliers or clamps are necessary to remove fish hooks and should be included in every tackle box.
Clippers or Line Cutters
Line cutters are necessary when you need to cut your line. Line cutters are very small and can be placed on a key-chain. A good all-purpose knife (think Swiss Army knife) is probably a good idea to include in your tackle box.
Sunscreen and Bug Spray
Don’t let a sunburn ruin your fishing trip. Not only can having your skin unprotected leave you miserable, it is hazardous to your health. Be sure to wear a hat and sunglasses as well to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. Bug spray is also a good idea if you find yourself in areas where bugs like to bite – such as swampy/mangrove areas.
Emergency First Aid Kit
A small first aid kit that can be purchased at most convenience stores is a must have as you will eventually poke yourself with the one of the many sharp objects in your tackle box.
Scale and Tape Measure
You will undoubtedly want to measure your fish for weight and length. Either to document your catch or to make sure it is within the legal-size limit. A scale with tape measure combo that fits inside your tackle box can be purchased for less than five dollars.
Include a multi-purpose microfiber towel in your tackle box. This soft towel traps dirt and debris to lift it from the surface. Whether you need to clean up a mess or polish your boat, microfiber towels and mitt applicators outperform the competition. They are easily washable and will last for years and are the perfect tool for all your boat detailing tasks.
Bonus Tackle Box Tip
Another great item for your tackle box is to pack a few boat cleaning products, like heavy duty boat soap or hull cleaner, from Rejuvenate Marine. The flexible pouches nest together so you can store your boat cleaning products right on your boat for quick and easy cleaning while you're heading back to shore.
These are just a few suggestions to make your saltwater fishing trip as successful as possible. As you gain more experience, you will develop your own preferences. Soon your tackle box will be as unique as you are. As always, get out there and have fun!