Whether you are sitting quietly next to a local stream or pond, or out on a big lake in a brand new fishing boat, having the right tackle for fishing trips can make all the difference. Most anglers start out by wanting to carry too much with them, and older anglers learn the value of having a couple of not-so-common extras to save the day. Here are five easy-to-make improvements to your tackle box to make every fishing trip the best one yet.
Get a Soft Tackle Box
Hard plastic boxes are tough to lug up and down stream and river banks. Soft boxes can be slung over your shoulder, freeing your hands. Choose a soft box made of tough fabric that resists scuffs, abrasions and tearing. Most fabrics for soft tackle boxes are at least water-resistant. You should get one that has a waterproof bottom.
Add a Rod Tip Repair Kit
Getting to your fishing spot usually requires loading your gear into a vehicle. It is very easy to snap off a rod tip when closing a trunk, door or tailgate. A small rod tip repair kit can save your fishing trip, especially if you rely on one pole. Add a durable butane lighter to your tackle box for heating any shrink tubing included with the kit. Also, make sure your rod tip repair kit includes tips to fit the fishing poles you will be carrying.
Pack Some WD-40 Brand Water Displacement Spray
WD-40 is great for what it is designed for, which is a water displacement spray, lubricant and corrosion inhibitor. It helps protect your gear by displacing water and coating surfaces with a low-viscosity lubricant that also helps inhibit corrosion. However, contrary to popular opinion, WD-40 does not contain fish oil. The success some anglers attribute to using WD-40 on lures and baits may be due to it masking more offensive odors fish can detect.
Carry a Landing Glove
A landing glove is used to land a fish. Anglers need to safely grip a fish to prevent injury to the fish in catch-and-release fishing as well as injury to themselves. Game fish can have teeth or fins with sharp spines. A landing glove is designed to both protect your hand and the slime layer on fish to help ensure their quick recovery and survival after being released.
Carry Needle-nose Pliers With Built-In Cutter
Needle-nose pliers are great for removing hooks in fish or even yourself. Get a quality pair with grips on the handles. Cheap ones will not grip well, and the cutter is likely to not be sharp or durable enough for snipping hooks. If you have room, a pair of diagonal (side-cutting) pliers makes it much easier to snip thicker hooks for safer removal when they are embedded.
If you fish at night, a long-lasting LED light is helpful. Red LEDs help preserve night vision. Be aware that you do not need a lot of light at night to tie line and do other tasks. A simple clip light that can attach to your fishing hat will suffice. If you are a serious angler that fishes vastly differing waters, pack a tackle box for each type of fishing. Color code or label them so you can quickly grab the right one for the type of fishing your day will involve.Tags: featured