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An Introduction and guide to the top 16 items for your Fishing Tackle Box.


two fishermen with a fishing tackle box
Fishing tackle box

Every good fisherman will have an assortment of essential items with them at all times. Arranging your tackle box correctly is necessary. Ensuring it has the correct equipment will allow you to take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way. A fisherman’s tackle box will be prioritised to their needs. Within today’s list, we will go over the basic requirements needed for any intermediate angler.



Saltwater & Freshwater Tackle Boxes


Your equipment will be selected based on the type of water you fish in and the style of fishing you do. Understanding the difference between saltwater and freshwater gear is the first step to starting a tackle box. An example of why this is important is that some metals are more prone to rusting when in saltwater. Therefore, selecting a pair of pliers or a filleting knife specifically designed for saltwater can be more durable than a freshwater alternative.


License


The first item you should always include when packing your tackle box is your fishing license. Depending on your location many forms of angling will require a license. To avoid complications such as rod removal or hefty fines from bailiffs, carrying a license is necessary.



Info from GOV.UK 2021

Licence type Trout and coarse up to 2-rod Trout and coarse 3-rod Salmon and sea trout


1-day £6 Not available £12


8-day £12 Not available £27


12-month £30 £45 £82


12-month £20 £30 £54

over 65 or disabled


12-month Free Free Free

junior (13 to 16)


There are no discounted prices for a 1-day or an 8-day licence.


Buy a UK rod fishing licence


Fishing in Scotland and Northern Ireland info



First Aid Kit


Another highly important item to include within your tackle box is a first aid kit. Safety is of utmost importance when angling. Ensure your first aid kit has basic medication such as Ibuprofen, paracetamol, Imodium and piriteze. All of which are extremely useful when fishing. Other recommended items are gauze pads, plasters, tape and bandages.



Hooks


It is highly recommended to include spare hooks within your tackle box. Hooks come in many shapes and sizes. Each has its own purpose. Taking a selection of various hooks can be a fabulous idea. Preparing you for any situation. Having circle hooks for float fishing, treble hooks for spinning, barbless for easy release and barbed for prevention of removal is a good combination.



Line



Line comes in many forms. Fly fishing requires various lines for various methos of fishing. Examples of these are a floating line and a sinking line. Taking extra rolls of line with you can prevent leaving early due to a line malfunction.



Rigs


For almost all forms of angling pre-rigging at home can be extremely efficient. Your angling time may be limited. Therefore, you do not want to be tying rigs when you should be fishing. Pre-rigging is tying rigs from the comfort of your home. Placing backup rigs into your tackle box can save you a large amount of your valuable fishing time.



Spinners & Floats


If you are an afloat or spinner fisherman including backup gear is a requirement. Both of these forms of fishing come with a large amount of tackle loss.





Rod Rests


A compact rod rest is a great addition to any tackle box. Many older rod rests are not suitable for tackle boxes due to being large and bulky. Although, newer rod rests are designed to be small and lightweight. These can be easily folded down and placed in any medium-sized tackle box.



Flies


If you are fly fishing you should include small cases of flies in your tackle box. As any fly

fisherman knows a selection of flies is needed to target specific fish as many variables can

affect the eating patterns of fish.




Floatant


Floatant is a type of liquid used to keep surface lures present on top of the water. The purpose of floatant is to allow the imitation object to float until struck by a fish.


Swivels & Beads


Swivels and beads are required to tie advanced rigs. Many float fishermen will also use swivels and beads to control the movement of the float in their line. Sometimes a rig can become damaged and a swivel or bead will need to be replaced.


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