Fishing Essentials


When you want to succeed in your fishing trip, the things you bring with you should be complete. It helps if you are going to use a checklist to keep track of the items you need to bring for your fishing trip.

Every pro fisherman knows what is inside his or her tackle box like the bobbers, leaders, sinkers, weights, swivels, baits, hooks, and extra fishing line in case it breaks.

A tackle box is not just for carrying the items that you use for catching fish because you can also put stuff inside that have nothing to do with casting line and lure.

What’s in your tackle box?

  • Needle nose pliers - Anyone who knows a lot about fishing will never forget bringing hooks, but you will be shocked at how many people who go fishing don’t have this in their box for adjusting hooks. Needle nose pliers are most commonly used for removing hooks from the lips of the fish that were caught. Aside from this, pliers can also be used for other things like assembling the bait, pulling hooks that have been poorly aimed from your skin without damaging you further.
  • Extra line – After some time your line will have twists, become brittle, and get broken sometimes. If you use a tackle that is spinning, have several spools that vary in weight that you can switch depending on the condition.
  • Different hooks - Your selection should vary depending on the size of the fish and there are 3 types of hooks: single, double, and treble points. Their sizes mean that if the hook is smaller, there is more.
  • Pain relievers – Aside from insects biting you and getting sunburned while you are in the middle of a fishing trip, headaches and migraine can also spoil everything for you. A painkiller should also be in your tackle box just in case you experience any kind of headache or migraine while trying to enjoy the fishing trip. If you are taking other medications, put it in a separate bag and put it inside the tackle box. Packing this won’t consume too much time and you will be happy that you decided to when you start to feel pain.
  • Flashlight – If you are one of those people who like to explore while fishing at night, a flashlight is needed. Fishing during sunset is very beautiful and it gives a different level of fulfillment as you end your day, but when the sun is already gone, you will have a hard time getting back if your path is already dark. Bring a flashlight so you won’t accidentally bump into things at night.
  • Sinkers – Sinkers are pieces of lead for casting because they add weight to bait that is light. They come in different forms. Split shots are round sinkers that have an opening which can be crimped to the line and the bell sinkers have an eye where you can tie the line to. Lastly, there are slip sinkers that can be threaded to the line which can be adjusted up and down.
  • Plastic worms and lures – Even if you are already using live bait, adding an assortment of artificial bait is also good. You can use several types of jigs, spoons, and spinners. Worms that are made of plastic, and crankbaits are for catching bass. If you want to catch trout, use flies.
  • Gloves – No matter how careful you are, bruises and cuts can be unavoidable. If you are wearing protective gloves, these cuts and bruises will not happen or will be minor. Especially if you are going to handle large fish, having the appropriate pair of gloves will help you a lot. Protection is always good and you don’t want to come home with cuts on your hands. It is not only painful but irritating as well.
  • Multi-tool – There are some who say that a pair of needle nose pliers and nail clippers is the same as a multi-tool, but if you have a multi-tool you are prepared for anything that can happen. It will also not consume too much space in your tackle box which is good because you can utilize the space for other things. Choose one that comes with a knife and a slim needle-nose making it easier to reach into the fish’s mouth for detaching hooks.
  • Fish scaler or filet knife – These are a handy tool if you want to clean fish on the spot. Use a knife that is sharp and has a thin blade so you can easily separate the meat from the bone and skin making it easy for you to remove the head. A scaler is mainly used for catfish and carp so depending on what you are going to catch for that day, you have these.
  • First-aid kit - When you are already fishing, accidents can happen being injured by the hook and other kinds. Buy a first-aid kit that is small enough to put in your tackle box so you won’t have anything extra to carry. If you cannot find one that is complete, but small enough, just make sure to always have it with you. It is better to always bring it with you because you never know when you are going to need it.
  • Swivels - These can keep your line from twisting when using it with certain types of spoons and crankbaits that tend to wobble while you reel them in. Another purpose they have is to be used as stoppers for slip sinkers and bobbers. The ball bearings are the best types of swivels that have snaps at the end letting them move freely.

When fishing, make sure these are in your tackle box because one missing item can cause a fishing trip to become unsuccessful. If you are a beginner, do not hesitate to ask an expert to teach you the tricks and ask them what else is missing from your box. These things are the most important, but sometimes adding more stuff to satisfy you is okay.

About the author


Hey there, I'm Lisa, founder and editor in chief here at Recreation Space. We found fitness through recreational activities. And we want to share it with you. We believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.

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