Shopping for fishing accessories can be like going to the candy shop with the kids. With the huge number of products available, it can be hard to weed out the must-haves, nice-to-haves, and the what-was-I-thinking items. We “tackle” this one head on with our list of gotta-have-it fishing accessories that we think every angler should have (and a couple of nice-to-haves as well).
Murphy’s Law states that you are almost guaranteed to break or tangle your fishing line at least once during your fishing trip, so be sure to store extra line in your tackle box.
The line you choose naturally depends on where you’re fishing and what kind of fish you’re hoping to catch. For example, rough conditions call for stronger line.
Use a clear line in clear water to make it less noticeable and go for a darker line if your fishing hole is flourishing with vegetation.
There’s a huge variety of hooks on the market but no matter which catch you fancy, be sure to stockpile hooks that are an appropriate size for your catch. So that usually means taking a bit of variety along.
There are so many options to choose from when it comes to bait, such as live (ie: worms) and dough (in a variety of colors and flavors). Alternatively, you can use artificial flies and lures (also available in many styles, colors, sizes). There are literally hundreds of types of fishing lures to choose from. Each one is intended to appeal primarily to a particular species of fish. Spinners and spoons, minnow imitations, and top water lures are just some examples.
Keep a wide variety on hand to find out which lure is best. You will probably start to have some favorites that seem to work better than others. That comes through practice and experience. If you aren’t using live bait you may want to try plastic worms (especially when catching bass) which are available in a variety of colors and sizes. There’s no real proof that certain colors work any better than any other, but if you have found something that works well for you, stick with it.
Our motto is “be prepared” (or was that the boy scouts?). Regardless, it’s better to be prepared for minor mishaps that could ruin a great day. We’re all about simplicity, so pack bandages in different sizes, disinfectant, gauze, tape, and skin soothing lotion like calamine for burns and bites. And remember the insect repellent! Be sure to add sunscreen and lip balm to your fishing accessory kit, because prevention is better than cure.
Authentic UPF50+ gloves help protect your hands from sunburn, sunspots, and skin toughening. And on the health front they reduce the chances of precancerous skin lesions and melanomas. Fingerless gloves are very useful fishing accessories for anglers and anyone on the water. We stock fingerless gloves that are certified UPF 50+ to help prevent burn damage: find out more here.
A waterproof camera or smartphone are essential fishing accessories, though we’ve lost one too many cellphones to the water). Otherwise, how do you document “the big one” without a camera. And it’s an absolute necessity for catch-and-release anyway.
Polarized sunglasses reduce glare caused when sunlight reflected off the water or a solid surface (such as a rock face). Through neutralizing glare, polarized lenses help you see objects more clearly, and help reduce the harmful effects of UV light. But they really make the world of difference when trying to spot elusive fish doing their best to hide from you.
Depending on where and when you are fishing, bug spray may be a top fishing accessory in your tackle box! Don’t just think of mosquitos, but a good bug spray deters other creepy crawlies, such as ticks and flies that pass on diseases to their hosts. Yup,on second thought, this item needs to be moved to the must-have category.
Naturally-derived, plant-based sprays aren’t just environmentally-friendly, they also don’t eat through fishing line!
At the end of the day, there’s a lot of trial and error when packing your tackle box, and whether you are a just-in-case person who packs for every possibility, or a minimalist carrying the bare minimum, in time you’ll figure what fishing accessories work best for you.