Fishing helps you relax and enjoy the little things. It’s a fun activity in which you can have valuable moments with your friends and families, or even by yourself. But before that, you’ll need to make some preparations for a comfortable experience.

Our list covers all the basic and most important items that you need to have on your bag whenever going on a fishing trip. You’ll learn about their uses and how to select the right ones depending on your preferences.

Waterproof gloves for fishing

One thing you’ll notice about pro fishers is that they tend to wear gloves when going fishing. And there are reasons for that.

The fact that you’ll have to hold your rod for dozens of minutes, sometimes even couples of hours, means that it’ll take a toll on your arms, especially the hands.

Waterproof gloves for fishing help protecting your hands while enhancing your grip power. They’re essential if you’re planning to catch some big fishes.

Fishing rod and reel

Needless to say, you’ll need to have a rod first before you can start fishing. Most fishing rods are made of flexible and durable materials (usually fiberglass or graphite), this ensures that you’re capable of battling large fishes without breaking the rod.

There are three important factors when selecting a fishing rod, which are strengths, responsiveness, and action. With different fishing styles, you’ll need rods with certain traits. But in most cases, your rods should always be about 11.8 inches taller than your height. The reason being that it is considered to be an ideal height.

As for the reel, it’s a useful component for controlling the fishing line. It makes the handling of your fishing rod so much easier.

Fishing lines

There are many different types of fishing lines, varied from simple strings to specially-designed cords for heavy tasks. Depending on your fishing styles, you can choose the right products judging on their strengths and weights.
Tough conditions like the oceans and seas require durable strings while clear waters favor thin and light ones. The length of your fishing line is also varied, they could reach from 100 to 300 yards.

Hooks

It’s never too much to equip your gearbox with some extra hooks. Generally speaking, you should have multiple hooks that are suitable for different types of fishes.
For me, I always carry with me some traditional J hooks as well as the popular French hooks. This largely due to their reliability and flexibility, which makes them excellent when dealing with multiple types of fishes.

Bait

It is, as everyone has already known, the stuff that we attach to our hooks to lure fishes. With different fishes being attracted to different baits, there isn’t a single ultimate bait that we can use in every case.

However, from my experiences, it’s best to use live baits like worms and minnows. They’re extremely effective when dealing with both freshwater fishes and even ocean aquatics.

Lures

Also known as artificial baits, fishing lures are designed to mimic common baits that fishes are attracted to. They can be small plastic fishes, shrimps, and sometimes, even seaweeds. You can use these accessories when you’ve run out of living baits, or just because you’re more into them.

While light-colored lures are ideal for sunny days, dark-colored ones are extremely useful on gloomy weathers.

Bobbers

It’s one of the most components on your fishing rod. Bobbers are attached to the string and are always made of floating materials. Whenever there are movements under the water and the baits are being eaten, the fisher will be well-informed by looking at their bobbers.

Your bobbers should be small while still relatively easy to spot. Also, make sure that they’re small and will sink after the fishes take your baits.

Sinkers

As the name has stated, the sinker is usually a small accessory that is attached to your fishing hook. It helps stabilize the string as well as keeping your lightweight baits to sink deeper.

Make sure you have plenty of them as you can easily lose a few after a long fishing session. Also, avoid sinkers that are too heavy since they can drag your bobbers into the water due to their weight.

Line cutter

I always carry a small blade with me whenever I go for a fishing trip. You don’t know what could happen during the process. The string might get stuck on something and required to be cut off. And due to their durability, it would be hard if you don’t have anything sharp.

Tackle Box

It is extremely useful equipment that I always recommend my fellow fishers to carry with them during their trip. You can store all kinds of accessories inside of it for later uses. It’ll keep your hooks, baits, lures, bobbers, and so on, well-organized.

The size of your tackle box can be varied depending on where you’re planning to go. If it’s just a nearby location with small freshwater fishes, then you won’t need to bring an arsenal with you. However, if you’re going fishing at the ocean, it would be reasonable to prepare all the essential accessories inside the tackle box.