List of Must Have Fishing Equipment

The success of a fisherman is greatly determined by the equipment he/she has in their tacklebox. There is an abundance of fishing equipment in the market today but what do you really need? In this article we will cover the standard equipment that every fisherman should carry in their tacklebox regardless of what type of fish you are fishing for.

Fishing Line

Fishing line is one of the most critical components of the fishing sport. Without fishing line, you can’t fish, period. Not having fishing line when fishing is equivalent to having a discus fish tank without water. It just won’t work! However, the fishing line on your reel is not enough. Fishing line gets tangled, frayed, knotted, rotten, etc. All of these issues require you to replace the fishing line at some point. It is critical that you keep a spare reel of fishing line in your tacklebox at all times. This spare line can be used for leaders as well as to replace the line on your reel as needed.


Pliers are another critical component of fishing. Pliers have many uses including removing hooks from fish, attaching swivels and for fixing fishing rod eyelets just to name a few. You must ensure that the pliers are stainless steel so they will not rust. In addition, the pliers must have rubber handle grips so they wont slide out of your hands when your hands are wet.


Fishing hooks are another critical aspect of fishing. Without hooks, you won’t catch fish! Therefore, you want to keep a variety of hooks in your tacklebox at all times. Fishing hooks constantly get snagged on submerged objects and also get lost when your line breaks. Make sure to buy a small variety packs of hooks. Also ensure that your hooks are not stainless steel. You shouldn’t use stainless steel hooks because if a fish swallows a hook or the hook is difficult to remove you wan tot be able to just cut the line and the hook will dissolve and fall out on it’s own. Stainless steel hooks will not dissolve in water resulting in damage to the fish.

Fishing Gloves

Fishing gloves are very useful for fishing but are usually not found in many tackleboxes. Fishing gloves are great for holding fish while trying to unhook them to make the process faster while avoiding physical harm to the fish. It is only necessary to keep one glove in your box, but a pair is also fine. Make sure that your gloves have a good grip and are waterproof as they will get wet. Therefore, you will need them to dry quickly. Usually gloves made out of a neoprene material are the best. This is the same material used for wet suits and high-end life vests.

Nail Clippers

Nail clippers are a must have for your tackle box, believe it or not. They are used for easily cutting line and remove knots in fishing line. Look for nail clippers that have a rubber coating to prevent them from rusting. It is also a good idea to spray them with a clear rustproof paint to prevent rusting in the long term.

There you have it. The list of must have equipment for your tackle box regardless of what type of fish you are fishing for. I hope that this list will help you prepare to be more successful in your future fishing trips. The main thing about fishing is to have fun, enjoy the outdoors, and to spend quality time with friend and loved ones while protecting nature. Therefore, it’s crucial that you properly dispose of any garbage properly and you also be extremely considerate with your fish releasing process to minimize harm to the fish while you obey all local fishing regulations. Enjoy!