As with anything you do, proper equipment make it easier to accomplish.
When fishing a properly equipted tackle box makes the outing less complicated. Here is a list of some of the basic items for a tackle box. Look for the LINKS below, click on them for more information and how to videos.
1. Tackle Box – Large or small, box or bucket.
2. Hooks – An assortment of hooks is always handy to have. Single, Double and Treble are the 3 basic types. They come in different sizes. Straight numbers (the larger the number the smaller the hook). Hooks with the “/0” are larger than straight numbered hooks (they increase in size as the numbers increase) How to tie a hook or swivel on your line
3. Sinkers – You want to carry a variety. Split Shot (they are easy to pinch onto the line but do not add a lot of weight). Dipsey Sinker (bell shaped with a loop at the top for securing to your line). Egg Sinker (is a sliding sinker that is used a lot when fishing for catfish). Sinkers provide casting weight that helps your bait sink to the bottom and not float on the top.
5. Lures – They are artificial and non-edible. They are an alternative to live bait. They come in many shapes and sizes that resemble the live species. Attaching Lures with Snaps & Swivels
6. Bait – Live as in it is still alive. (worms, minnows, crickets, shrimp). Cut bait is as it sounds cut up pieces of larger bait (fish, chicken livers, hot dogs). Dough bait comes in preformed or dip style.
7. Snaps & Snap Swivels – Handy little things they are. Swivels prevent your line from getting tangled. Snap Swivels make it easy to change our your rig and keep it from getting tangled. Snaps & Snap Swivels with Lures
8. Extra Line – You will need extra line in case yours breaks or you have to cut it. Extra line comes in handy in case you want to use a Leader Line . Extra line is also hand if you fish different types of waters. For harsher conditions, you’ll want a heavier line. For calmer, clear conditions, a clear or stealth line is a better choice.
9. Needle Nose Pliers – These are a good multi use tool to keep in your box. They are handy for pinching sinkers, cutting line and removing hooks.
10. Fillet Knife – If you plan to dress your fish out and filet them on the spot (this is much appreciated for the person cooking them) this is the perfect tool. How to Clean & Filet
Have fun and enjoy fishing.