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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instead of calling it a

instead of calling it a
(CIGARETTE LIGHTER), may it be known as a (portable butane fire starting device), as we would not want to promote any of the Government approved BAD HABITS.

dude your such a drag who

dude your such a drag who gives a crap

crap

Carp not crap carp is spelled C R A P Not crap.

Must have a lighter

Must have a lighter

Yup....many uses...easiest

Yup....many uses...easiest way to cut braid too.

What do you mean braid. Are

What do you mean braid. Are you meaning black people. If so don't post that type of crap. It's uncalled for.

Diva2divine . the remark

Diva2divine . the remark about braid is a type fishing line. first you know nothing about fishing

Since I fish every weekend

Since I fish every weekend literally befor I head out to fish I always grab a box of worms so I can fish with live bait and a whistle incase I need help. Also I check forod holders and usually bring along a fish bucket and a stake to prevent the holder from floating out in the water.

Elastic string....the kind

Elastic string....the kind girls use to make bracelets. You can get it at the Walmart in the craft section. It is awesome for holding on bait like liver or anything else slippery like squid or shrimp. Works like a charm. Also, found that wrapping liver in a piece of pantyhose and securing it with the elastic string is a great way to fish with liver. I soak the little bags in the liver blood and some garlic salt. Catfish can't resist it!!

sunscreen is an item that I

sunscreen is an item that I don't leave on a boat without especially if you have kids. Nothing worse than a short lived fishing trip due to sun burn

A scale to see how big your

A scale to see how big your catch is. Also if your new to fishing i'd go ahead and put a couple of spinnerbaits, rubber worms, and jig heads in there. All three of those items do wonders for me

I always keep a ziplock

I always keep a ziplock baggie with a partial roll of TP, wet wipes and a clean wash cloth. I use Amway LOC wipes to clean smelly bait off my hands and I always get bites and out fish everyone. THey can be used for anything. Cleaning off bait from your fingers and/or cleaning up after the TP. The washcloth is good for wetting to keep you cool oe anything else that may happen. I always take a gal jug of clean water with me also for rincing fish after cleaned.

Must have a bic lighter or

Must have a bic lighter or any other form of lighter. Never know when you might need fire.

chum. It works wonders for

chum. It works wonders for me. caught so many fish because i chummed the water.

One of the most important

One of the most important things in my tackle box is a small crochet hook. It works wonders getting birds nests untangled. Also, make sure to take your ID and current fishing license!

I have read through a few

I have read through a few posts and didn't see SUN GLASSES, although I don't usually put them in my box. They are a must not forget item. Go a day looking at the sun reflecting off the water. Kind of a no brainer but you forget them and you will probably be hurting.

A golf towel is great for

A golf towel is great for keeping the hands clean and will clip on your belt or belt loop so it is always handy but out of the way. And I can't believe no one mentioned duck tape. How can you go anywhere and do anything without duck tape! ha!
Zip lock bags.
A small container to dump out packs of hooks, sinkers, etc if you need to "search" for things.
A hat with lights built into the bill makes a great tool at night without using the hands.
Small file to sharpen those dull hooks.
Stainless Steel pliers with extra long nose is a great tool for most any task around the water.
And many use circle hooks to make it less likely the fish will swallow the hook.

Can of WD-40. Spray on bait.

Can of WD-40. Spray on bait. I'm told WD-40 is fish oil based.........On your take along list. Fold up chair in the bag comes in handy.

I believe the department of

I believe the department of fish and wildlife says WD-40 is illegal to use as a scent. Don't get caught.

That depends on where in the

That depends on where in the country you are. That said, I think WD-40 is petrolatum based so is probably not something you want in your fishing water.

WD-40 is fish oil based and

WD-40 is fish oil based and it could be a very great attractant...most all of your commercially sold attractants are compounded in the same manner of WD-40. Have I used it? yes...does it work? yes, but just as good as the other commercially sold fish baits. There is nothing better in my opinion than fresh caught bait.

WD-40 is not fish oil based.

WD-40 is not fish oil based. If you read the ingredients, it says petroleum based, which makes it toxic to the waters you are fishing. And it is extremely flammable.

that's a myth it's not oil

that's a myth it's not oil based

WD-40 Is a piece of equipment

WD-40 Is a piece of equipment that can be left out of your fishing box. Specially if your using it as an attractent. Don't get caught doin that. They'll bust your ass. Id just leave the WD-40 in the truck and use it where it belongs. NOT IN THE WATER!

A handheld GPS is great for

A handheld GPS is great for saving your location on the lake for future fishing trips, Than u can go back to were u found that school of fish.

Dont forget your toilet

Dont forget your toilet paper! And a trash bag! Mother nature dont always pick the best time.

Smartest one yet. Mountain

Smartest one yet. Mountain money

i keep a record pf how many

i keep a record pf how many fish i catch per day

I always have a bottle of

I always have a bottle of vitem E in my tackel box. Becouse if I get stuck with a fish hook or stuck by a cat fish or even cut. I just open the vitem E pill and put the oil on the sore place . And this will take away the pain and sorness .

Ora-Jel does the same thing

Ora-Jel does the same thing as well & it's available at just about any grocery store and/or pharmacy.
Its numbing effect takes but seconds to kick in & usually lasts for several hours.

There is also an herbal remedy that will do the same thing...it's called Arnica. It's available at most, if not all, health food stores.

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