When you’ve loaded up your car with rods, reels, and bait, you might think you’re ready to head to the lake. While this gear is a good start, there’s more you can bring along to make the trip even more successful. Here are five fishing essentials everyone should have to ensure the safest and most fun trip possible.
A tackle box is an absolute must for any new or veteran fisherman. The best tackle boxes are an excellent storage solution for all your smaller fishing items. From hooks to bobbers to sinkers, your tackle box is the perfect place for—well—tackle!
When a fishing line breaks unexpectedly (and this can happen often), you’ll want some extra fishing lines with you so that the trip doesn’t meet an abrupt end. A good way to reduce the need for additional lines is to pack lines suited for the fish you’re hoping to catch. When going after bigger fish, bring a more durable line.
First Aid Kit
Fishing involves a sharp hook on the end of a string that you cast dozens of feet away. For newer fishers, this takes some getting used to. When dealing with anything sharp (including some fish that can have nasty teeth), bring a first aid kit along to treat any cuts immediately. An infection will put a damper on even the biggest catch.
Speaking of fish teeth, don’t pull hooks out of your catch’s mouth by hand. Instead, pack a pair of needle-nose pliers for safe hook removal. They also double as an effective line cutter when you need it.
Sun damage is no joke, and fishing trips could see you underneath those UV rays for hours on end. To avoid sunburn, find a great fishing hat that balances form and function. There’s more to consider than you might think, so find out if a sun hat or a cap is the best option for you.
With these five fishing essentials everyone should have packed away in your new tackle box, you’ve got everything you need for the perfect fishing trip. Go catch a whopper!