We all know the basics that belong in a tackle box – bobbers, sinkers, leaders, weights, swivels, baits, a variety of hooks, and excess fishing line. No fishing trip would be complete without them. However, there are a few basic (yet very important items) which also deserve tackle box real estate that are often overlooked or forgotten. See the checklist below…
- Needle Nose Pliers: This versatile tool not only helps you remove hooks from the lips of fish, but serves other purposes like helping to assemble baits or pulling hooks from your own skin should an unfortunate incident occur (ouch!). Spend the extra bucks on a high quality pair of pliers.
- Fillet Knife: Every angler needs this essential tool, and make it a good one. A sharp, rust-proof, stainless steel fillet knife can be used to clean fish, cut line, slice up baits, open cans, the list goes on.
- Sunscreen: Considering you will be on a boat and in the sun for hours on end, sunscreen is a must. Pack a high SPF and reapply throughout the day. No one wants to be the guy who looks like a lobster after a long day of fishing (ouch again).
- Pain Relievers: It’s a good idea to pack pain relievers or other medications just in case a headache, stomachache or other ache hits you while you’re out at sea.
- Lip Grip Scale & Ruler: When bag limits and minimum catch sizes apply, measuring equipment is a must. A digital lip grip scale and cheap ruler allow you to get quick measurements so you can keep your prized catch.
- Flashlight: This one is for safety as much as it is for functionality. Everyone loves a good sunset outing, but when the sun goes down it gets much harder to find your way back.
- Hook File: Instead of tossing your hooks when they become dull, use a hook file to sharpen and get as much use out of them as possible.
- Fingernail/Line Clippers: Not so much to clip your fingernails as it is to quickly clip a fishing line.
- First Aid Kit: Better to be safe than sorry. Always carry a first aid kit in your tackle box or on the boat in case of an emergency.
- Gloves: A thick pair of fishing gloves is the best way to protect against bites, cuts, scrapes, scratches, or other injuries that can occur from handling fish, removing a stuck hook out of a fish’s mouth, or other hazards that go along with fishing.
Now that you’ve got your tackle box checklist complete, you need to schedule a chartered fishing trip in Venice, LA! For information on our inshore or offshore fishing excursions, please give us a call.