Build the perfect fishing tackle box with these 10 basics from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Whether you plan to relax on a calm lake or battle with an aggressive fish that knows how to put up a fight, fishing is one of the great outdoor pastimes. Building the perfect fishing tackle box depends on a few different factors: where you’re fishing, what you’re fishing for, how often you go fishing and how far you have to travel to get there. However, there are a few items that should be in every fishing tackle box. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help.
1. Tackle Box – If you are heading out onto a large body of water to snag some fighters, you’ll want a large tackle box that can fit all the necessary supplies. This type of scenario can also expose you to harsh waters and wet conditions, so look for a durable one that is waterproof. If you are fishing for smaller game, or have a long way to travel by foot to get to your fishing spot, consider a smaller tackle box.
2. Hooks – Pick up an assortment of hooks for live bait. Hooks come in three different types: single, double and treble. They also range in size. For hooks listed as straight numbers, the larger the number, the smaller the hook. Hooks with the designation “/0” are larger than the straight numbered hooks and increase in size as the numbers increase. The smaller hooks are great for smaller game like Bluegill and Crappie, while the larger hooks are designated for larger fish like Bass and Walleye.
3. Sinkers – You want to carry some sinkers to provide casting weight, which will help lighter bait sink to the bottom. Sinkers are usually made of steel or lead and come in several different types. Split shot sinkers are small round sinkers that you can pinch onto your line with your fingers or a pair of pliers. Dipsey sinkers are shaped like a bell and are used when you need more weight than a split shot. Slip sinkers have the ability to move up and down the line as needed.
4. Bobbers – Bobbers come as either a slip type or clip – on, which is either long shaped or the common ball shape you may have seen. Bobbers float on the water and help to keep your bait suspended as well as indicate whether you’ve gotten a bite.
5. Lures – Artificial lures are a great alternative to live bait. These types of lures come in many shapes and sizes and are usually made of plastic. The different shapes and sizes resemble live species and you can find just about any bait for whatever you’re fishing for.
6. Swivels and Extra Line – Pick up some swivels to prevent your line from tangling. You’ll also want some extra line in case it breaks or you have to cut it. Extra line also comes in handy if you fish in different types of water. For harsher conditions, you’ll want heavier line. For calmer, clearer conditions, a stealth fishing line is a better choice.
7. Fillet knife – If you plan to fillet your fish on the spot, you’ll want to include a fillet knife in your fishing tackle box.
8. Needle nose pliers – A pair of needle nose pliers is good to have for pinching sinkers and cutting fishing line.
9. Utility knife – A utility knife is also a great multipurpose tool to have in your tackle box.
10. First aid kit – Don’t forget a small first aid kit in case you cut yourself or have to remove a hook. Also remember to keep sunscreen in the first aid kit or the tackle box. Nothing’s worse than coming home from a day of fishing with a painful sunburn.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand that a successful day on the water can make a lifetime of memories. That’s why we carry all the fishing gear you’ll need to reel in a big one. From fishing rod and reels, fishing clothing and even fishing kayaks, you can hit the water with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. For more helpful tips, visit our Fishing & Ice Fishing blog.