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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I have found that the same

I have found that the same clear aloe vera gel I put in my hair, is good for a bug repellant on the skin when fishing. Clear, unscented kind.

A cut skip jack makes amazing

A cut skip jack makes amazing cat fish bait.

i take a can opener with me

i take a can opener with me and one of those multy-tool things

Easiest way to grab a big cat

Easiest way to grab a big cat is right thru the gill. Hook your index finger thru the fish's gill and hold on tight. My grandfather tought me this at a young age and I've never been stuck by the spiny fins using this method,...just don't reach in nervous ;-)

I would recommend a 16penny

I would recommend a 16penny nail for skinnin' cats, if you do it while you're camping. Also, a couple of cut t-shirt rags for handling them. They bring the bottom of the pond/lake with them when you pull them out and this makes handling them by the tail end a lot easier.

And no fishing trip is

And no fishing trip is complete without paying homage to age old tradition of fishin' cats... Two Girls...One Cup

Electrical tape to secure

Electrical tape to secure your piece fishing rod and duct tape for minor fixes.

I meant two piece. Sorry.

I meant two piece. Sorry.

dont forget tolit paper for

dont forget tolit paper for those long fishing trips an some beef jerky

I always have a fish glove to

I always have a fish glove to handle fish with as well.

Having JUST caught my first

Having JUST caught my first catfish, I would highly recommend this. A nice deerskin hide glove, or any leather driver's glove would be good...at least your thumb will be thanking you!

An old folks tale is; if

An old folks tale is; if you're stuck by a cat fish (but not a serious sting) you can rub the injury on the white portion of the catfish's belly to reduce the pain.

I also keep a small container

I also keep a small container of sanitizer in case of cuts... and smoking a cigar will help keep the bugs away...

If you chew scrap tobacco

If you chew scrap tobacco spit some on the worm and let it dry a little it will send the fish on a biting frenzy...

This is a good list,

Catherine Boeckmann's picture

This is a good list, especially for your first tackle box. Might add: electrical tape for rod repair. Beyond the tackle box, bring some small trash bags, a towel, and wipes to clean hands later. Don't forget a hat. And your drink of choice and vittels!

sun glasses for glare of the

sun glasses for glare of the water

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