How to Stock Your Tackle Box Without Breaking the Bank

Fishing season has opened in many parts of the country, and the fisherman who wants to get the most pleasure and the best fish needs the best equipment. This means a tackle box stocked with the highest quality equipment they can afford. Everyone understands that cheap stuff falls apart after one or two uses, but the really expensive, high end gear is more than most fishermen need.

What Type of Tackle Box?
Tackle boxes can be small and easy to carry, or they can be large enough to store what’s in the small box when it’s not being used. Some are big enough to sit on. Though wooden tackle boxes have a nice look to them, experts recommend boxes made of plastic or a light metal such as aluminum. They are easy to carry, easy to take care of, strong and best of all, waterproof. Here is what to put in them:

  • Extra line. Fishing line is going to break, whether it is monofilament, braided or wire. Also bring extra leader line to handle those fish with wicked teeth and jaws.
  • Floats. These are bite indicators. They come in a wealth of sizes and are made for different bodies of water. Some are fitted with lights for night fishing.
  • Weights. These can be tiny No. 12 shot to trolling weights that can weigh as much as 3 pounds.
  • Lures. Add an assortment of metal and plastic lures.
  • Hooks of different sizes. They can have single, double or treble barbs.
  • Swivels. Swivels prevent twists in the fishing line.
  • Crimps. These implements join wire and heavy gauge monofilament lines to swivels and other lines. Beads also serve this function.
  • Booms. Booms keep nylon leaders from tangling.
  • Plugs. Plugs are artificial lures that can be made to dive below the water, float or sink. They are made of plastic, wood or metal.
  • Artificial flies. These often beautiful objects can be costly if bought in the store. One way to save money is for the fisherman to make them. It’s a real art form.
  • Forceps. Artery forceps are good for removing larger hooks. Smaller ones or hooks caught in the throat may need a disgorger.
  • Sunglasses. This protects the eyes from both the sun and the sunlight that bounces off the water.
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Basic first aid equipment such as bandages, cotton balls and swabs, iodine, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide gauze, saline solution and eyewash
  • Swiss army knife
  • Rulers
  • Bite indicators. These implements are used in ledgering because there’s no float to tell the fisherman that the fish has taken the bait. They can be bobbins, bells, wingtips or quiver tips or even electronic alarms.