What Do You Need in a Tackle Box?

What Do You Need in a Tackle Box?
A fisherman's tackle box will be stocked with all of the equipment that he or she feels is necessary to give them the best chance to be successful on their fishing adventures. In addition to basic tackle and tools, which are needed by virtually every angler, there will be a selection of lures and baits that the individual feels work time and again for them.


Fishing tackle is an all-encompassing term that describes, among other things, such items as line, weights, hooks and leaders. Fishing line comes in different types and strengths and includes monofilament line, fluorocarbon line, super-strength braided line and trolling line. Hooks come in various shapes and sizes such as circle hooks, shank hooks, treble hooks, barbless hooks and double hooks. Fishing weights can range from the heavier sinkers to the lighter split shots. Fishing floats like the round bobber and the slip bobber are often found in a tackle box and are needed to suspend the person's bait choice in the water. Swivels attach between the line and the hook to stop the line from becoming twisted.

Tools and accessories

There are certain tools that are needed more often than not every time a person goes fishing, and some that need to be in the tackle box in case the occasion calls for them. Needle-nosed pliers, hook sharpeners and hook removers are going to be used on nearly every trip. A digital or manual fishing scale to determine the weight of a large fish for bragging purposes is a valuable part of a tackle box, as is some sort of tape measure. Scissors and nail clippers to snip fishing line and knots are a must. Small screwdrivers for reel repairs will come in handy. A fishing stringer to keep the day's catch alive and fresh is in the typical tackle box. Flashlights and lights that can be worn on the angler's head for night fishing are also found in many tackle boxes as are sunglasses and bug spray. Ice fishermen will have such things as hand and foot warmers, matches, ice picks and Allen wrenches to adjust their auger blades in their tackle boxes.

Lures and baits

There will be lures and baits that are totally dependent on what type of fish an outdoorsman pursues most often in his tackle box. Plastic worms and grubs along with other plastic creature baits--such as crayfish, mice and frogs--attract many gamefish. Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, jigs and jigheads, surface plugs, poppers, flies, crankbaits, tubes, spoons and spinning lures with blades come in an endless assortment and will be utilized by anglers at some point during their careers on the water. Tackle boxes many times have plastic containers in them that hold these different lures to keep them in order and from causing a tangled mess.

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