What to Put in a Fishing Tackle Box

Preparing for Your Next Fishing Trip

June 9, 2016
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A fully equipped tackle box comes in handy when out in the wilds.

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Before you head out to the ol’ fishing hole, make sure you’ve checked your fishing tackle box.  Believe us, you want to be prepared with the right stuff once you’re out on the water.

Of course, the contents of your tackle box will vary, depending on the type of fish you plan to catch, but this is a typical tackle box for you (or a loved one) to get started.

Tackle-Box Checklist

  • Extra fishing line
  • Lures or flies
  • Bobbers (or, floaters) 
  • Swivels, to keep fishing line from twisting
  • Leaders
  • Sinkers (or, weights)
  • Different sizes of hooks (for different types of fish)
  • Needle nose pliers, to help remove hooks out of fish (and maybe you!)
  • Stringer, to hold all the fish you catch
  • Sharp knife (such as a Swiss Army knife)
  • Ruler/scale
  • A small flashlight
  • First-aid kit (with basics just in case a hook gets stuck in your thumb)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen

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Reader Suggestions

  • Unscented soap to wash your hands before handling bait. –suggested by Jerry Buerge
  • Plastic worm and a couple of lures to attract fish. –suggested by Andy Fox

Are we missing anything? What else would you put in a tackle box? Please post below!

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This article was originally published in 2012 and has been updated.

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Anise extract ,Water bobbers and bait sauce monster catcher

I really only fish for trout. I go lake fishing with powerbait type bait. I take a bottle of fish attractant. You can use #18 or #16 treble hooks for powerbait, 2-3 LB test. Take the spray cap off the attractant bottle and throw the suction straw attached to it away. Add some Anise extract to the sauce for super Hondo sauce. Dunk the hook and bait in bottle. It must fit thru the small bottle opening or it's too much bait. You can make up 4ft+ long extra leaders, w/ bait on hook and have them soaking in bottle as you utilize a small swivel to exchange leaders. Above swivel 6 lb test is OK with a large completely filled water bobber, no air bubbles- so it sinks! (only heavy out of water). Cast 100 yards and catch a monster, Have drag off or bail open after cast / before bite. After fishing oil your needle nose plier!

what else to put in tackle box

I always leave the house with a few small packaged snacks and a water bottle in my back pocket. Don't forget your cell phone in case of emergency!

A cooler full of MILLER just

A cooler full of MILLER just in case I forgot to put something
in my tackle box and/or the fish aren't biting.

Tackle Bag

Always take a compass....

What To Put In A Tackle Box

We always keep seeing thread &/or old cut up pieces of pants hose in our tackle box. We use it for to keep liver & other loose baits like that in the hook better.

Tackle Box Necessity

I suggest a camera and scale. I was once forced to release a fish that was a personal record of mine and did not have my own scale nor a camera so would of had no proof or verification had someone volunteered to take 1 photo before it was released. Only picture I have but am thankful to have it. Will always wonder what that big fella weighed.

tackle box necessity

Zip lock bag with toilet paper, just saying and for those of us who don't want a $600 pair of prescription glasses ruined or lost -take z cheap pair of cheater reading glasses o you can see to tie a knot, thus I have taken care of both ends.

What to put in a tackle box

I like to bottom fish and those jingle bells you put on the line really come in handy.

Must have in Tackle box !

Also include a multi tools , Paper Towels and always have a plastic bag or two to make sure and trash, discarded live baits and or any other trash you will ALWAYS, find on the trail , Take only photos and Leave only memories. Unless there of good legals size ...of course.!! Happy Fishing

DR. Bass

Necessity for fishing

Always carry fig Newtons in your tackle box.

Necessity for fishing

A friend named Tom and I were bass fishing one morning. No luck at all. I said I know what's wrong. I haven't had any fig Newtons yet. Tom said that has nothing at all to do with catching fish. After eating two fig Newtons on my very next cast I pulled in a 4 pound bass. Tom said gimme those fig Newtons.

You should also buy some

You should also buy some worms for the day, to me they works better than plastic worms.

Tackle box stuff.

I would put a lighter or water proof matches. Just in case.

What to include in a field tackle box

Depending on where you fish, bear spray would be a good idea. Waterproof matches might be a good idea too.

What to Carry Inside the Field Tackle Box

Know the rules before you play to ensure a successful trip.

A current pamphlet edition of the local fishing regulations is always a great idea to ensure the trip is both pleasant and enjoyable as ignorance of the law is no excuse and the regulations actually do change from year to year .

FISHING

ALWAYS TRY TO TIE ON A BARREL SWIVEL TO ELIMINATE LINE TWIST
LEARN TO TIE A PALOMAR KNOT TO EVERYTHING

Swivels

I make up a number of leaders with the swivel attached so I don`t lose
a lot of time having to do it when my line breaks for any reason.

Fishing knot

I prefer the Trilene knot but whatever floats your boat...

Tacklebox necessity

I never go fishing without a cheap rain suit on my person and a Mylar blanket in the tacklebox.

Tackle box content

The location and style of fishing makes all the difference in what tackle might be needed but a package of basic survival gear should be kept securely on the person at all times. Water can be an unforgiving companion.

Tackle Box

I carry a sap(blackjack), to quickly kill a fish I intend to keep. Better a sharp blow to the cranium than letting the fish gasp its life away trying to breathe.

Tacklebox necessity

Use a stringer if you want the fish to live and stay fresh.

Stringer

Using a stringer is a habit for me that I still use to this day since I was a child, and was taught to me by my cousin Johnny Johnson,(who served in World War 2). I never go fishing without it.

Tackle Box Necessity

I keep an old cloth or cotton glove for holding the fish while I take it off the hook.

Not a tacklebox necessity

A cloth or cotton glove is not good for the fish because they the slime coating on the fish which is essential to fish to protect them from diseases should you choose to release them. It is better to lip the fish unless they are toothy like Pike of which it is better to hold them by the gill covers.

Gloves

Gloves are not necessarily an item to pack, but good to have for certain occasions. I use the ones with the rubber on the inside of the glove. I take mine with me on every trip.

Tackle Box Essential

Just learned this the other day. So far so good Sunglasses are a must on tackle list.

Tackle Box Thought

I keep an unsharpened pencil in mine in case someone else has my pliers and the fish swallowed the hook. We wrap the line around the pencil or a small stick and spin the fish quickly to snatch it out of the throat.

The Pencil

Real old school but very effective.

Tackle box

I suggest a small nail clipper for trimming line, a needle threader to ease threading a fish line through small snap-swivels, and a pointed toothpick or something similar in metal to open tight knots.

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