How To Choose The Best Items For Your Bulk Fishing Tackle Order
Fishing tackle refers to any piece of equipment anglers use to catch fish. This could be a fishing rod, line cast, spool, hooks, lure, baits, traps, or angling waders. Many anglers prefer purchasing bulk fishing tackle, which comes with certain advantages. Purchasing fishing tackle in bulk earns you a price and quantity discount on each item bought. It can also win you privileges like free shipping and quality angling product bought directly from the tackle supplier. You also save time when you buy everything you need, in bulk, all at once.
10 Items You Should Have in Your Fishing Tackle Box
The items you include in your fishing tackle box depends on your preference as an angler. However, there are certain items that you cannot do without as an angler. Here is a list of 10 items every novice or pro angler should have in their tackle box.
#1 Additional Hooks
You should always carry extra hooks of different types and sizes to help you catch different fish species. Personally, I find the J-hook a personal favorite, but some anglers are more into French hooks. One of the best ways to determine the hook size you need is by considering the nature of the fish. A walleye is heavier and less aggressive than a river trout thus you will require different types of hooks to catch the different fish species.
#2 Additional Lines
Not having extra lines in your tackle box is similar to not carrying an extra tank of gasoline on a long distance road trip. Fishing lines are prone to tangles or breakage and there is no predicting when these will happen. A wise angler would have an extra line packed in their fishing tackle box for such emergencies.
The kind of line you carry is determined by the type of fish you target as well as the fishing conditions. Fishing in rough murky waters would require a thicker line that can withstand the tension of both fish and rapid waters. On the other hand, fishing in clear waters will require a thinner and invisible line that will not be easily noticed by the fish. I suggest you carry both thick and thin lines if you are not well acquainted with the area you are going to fish.
That plastic object that remains floating in the water when you cast your line is known as the bobber. A bobber helps to dictate fish movements from below the water surface. When the fish takes the bait, the bobber will sink thus alerting the angler to start reeling in the line.
There are two kinds of bobbers: the round and slip bobbers. Round bobbers are easy to attach to the line and are normally painted red and white. However, they tend to remain in a fixed position, which limits how deep you can cast the line.
Slip bobbers are more flexible than round bobbers. Their position is easily adjusted along the rod line thus allowing you to cast any depth you want. Slip bobbers take a little effort to rig to the line and are mostly preferred by professional anglers.
#4 Plastic Worms
Most pro anglers prefer live bait probably because it makes fishing feel a little more authentic. However, take this from someone with years of angling experience; carry plastic worms in your tackle box as well. These types of bait have several advantages.
First, a plastic worm can serve as reinforcement to your live bait. What would you do if your live bait slips off the hook while submerged in water? If you have a backup plastic worm attached, you will not have to reel out the line, attach fresh bait, and start casting again.
Plastic worms come in different sizes and colors. Therefore, the type of plastic bait you decide to buy is determined by your preference. Here is a quick tip: experiment on different colored plastic worms and see which ones attract fish the most. In addition, if you are going bass fishing, you will definitely need to stock up on plastic worms.
The sinker provides that extra weight needed to sink the hook and worm deeper into the water. Two facts about sinkers: they are ideal for rough waters, but often get lost while out fishing. Therefore, it will be a good idea if you had extra sinkers in your fishing tackle box.
Sinkers are primarily made of lead. However, the lead sinkers are about to go out of production to protect the environment from lead poisoning. You can still get alternative sinkers made from steel, brass, bismuth, or tungsten. Personally, extra sinkers increase my casting odds, especially when I am casting more than two lines simultaneously.
#6 Additional Lures
I know a couple of anglers who succeed in catching big fish with only the live bait or plastic worm. However, I think extra lures are a must have on every fishing escapade. A combination of hook, bait, and lure is a temptation few fish would say no to.
The best part about lures is that they come in hundreds of variations. My tackle box is stocked up with minnow and spinner lures, though there are more variations in the market. I prefer to use minnow lures because big fish love to prey and munch on shoals of minnows. That is if they do not notice the live worms attached to my hook.
Spinner lures, on the other hand, rotate inside the water, creating a beautiful distraction that gets the fish's attention. I would advise you to experiment with a couple of lures and see which ones work best for your angling technique.
#7 Needle-nose Pliers
Needle-nose pliers come in handy when retrieving the hook from the fish, unless you want to struggle with your hands and be pricked by the hook itself. Nevertheless, needle-nose pliers will also pull the hook out of your skin in case you accidentally become “hooked”.
You are most likely to forget the needle-nose pliers when going out fishing, so I will suggest you pack it first in your tackle box. I will also advise you to have at least two needle-nose pliers when out fishing. In the case of medical emergency, you do not want to use the same pliers meant for unhooking fish because it is not sterilized.
#8 A First Aid Kit
A first aid kit would be necessary to take care of the wound left behind by the hook. Moreover, other accidents are likely to happen like falling and scraping your knee on ice, being bitten by fish or other lurking animals, or suffering frosted hands. Your first aid kit does not have to be ambulance approved; it just needs to have a few basics.
Some of the items to have in your first aid kit include small bandages, an extra pair of needle-nose pliers, Neosporin skin ointment, painkillers, and water resistant tape. These should be adequate to take care of tiny angling injuries. You can also research additional medical items that will come in handy when out fishing.
#9 Sunscreen Lotion
Since many people go fishing during the summer season, it makes sense to have sunscreen lotion on you. However, the excitement of that first catch at the lake can make you forget about packing some sunscreen before leaving your house. Therefore, it makes sense to have a tiny tube of sunscreen lotion in your tackle box.
Personally, I put on sunscreen while leaving the house and carry an additional tab with me. You are going to spend the day in water, which means some of the sunscreen is likely to wash off from your hands and face. Therefore, that backup sunscreen lotion can keep you protected all day.
#10 Line Cutters
A knife or nail clipper is sufficient enough to act as line cutting equipment. For me, the nail clipper is the preferred option as I find it to be a bit faster. From one angler to another, I will tell you that cutting your lines is one option that can save your life while out angling.
Besides freeing tangled up lines, cutting the line in time will also save you from losing your fishing rod. In case you encounter something bigger than an oversized walleye and the tension on the line threatens to capsize your bought, a nail clipper will free the line in seconds and possibly save your life.
Honestly, I have seen fresh anglers with loads of expensive equipment, some of which they do not even need. This is why I put this article together to highlight some of the basic items you will need as a novice angler and as you advance into professional fishing.
Many of the above-named items are readily available on the market and at really good rates. However, this is not a full list of fishing tackle. What is your other favorite angling tool that we left out in this review? Feel free to comment below and share this article with your friends.
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