Essentials For Your Summer Fishing Tackle Box

Tackle box full of lures and a fishing rod.

A well-stocked tackle box is an essential part of any good summer fishing trip. The contents of your tackle box will differ depending on your personal preferences for tools, as well as the type of fish you’re aiming to catch. However, there are a few standard pieces of equipment every person should have in their tackle box—don’t leave home without making sure you’ve got these essentials prepped and packed.

Extra Line and Hooks

There’s a good chance your fishing line will break at least once during your fishing trip—it’s a sad truth, but a truth, nonetheless. Pack extra fishing line, and if you frequently fish for different types of fish, make sure you have lines in varied thicknesses.

You might lose a hook or two, as well, so store some extras right by your line.

A Knife

There aren’t too many fishing trips where a knife wouldn’t be handy. If you’re keeping your catches, choose a filet knife for hassle-free cleaning; otherwise, a pocketknife or multitool works just fine to cut through tangled fishing line. Either way, just make sure your knife is sharp, so you don’t risk nicking yourself with a dull blade.

Sinkers and Bobbers

Sinkers allow the hook and bait to sink down to biting depth beneath the water, as they’re often not heavy enough to sink on their own. Bobbers do the opposite, floating your hook to keep it from dragging through aquatic plants and making it easy to spot when you’ve got a fish on the other end. Both sinkers and bobbers are essentials—have extras on hand, as well.

Needle Nose Pliers

A needle nose pliers: the best tool for removing fishhooks from the mouths of your catches—or for removing them from your skin. While it may not physically go in your tackle box, knowing how to safely remove a fishhook from skin is another fishing trip essential.

First Aid Kit

Whether you slice yourself on your knife, get a hook through your thumb, or take a nibble from one of your catches, you’ll want a good first aid kit in your tackle box. It doesn’t need to be anything too fancy, but at the very least, it should include:

  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Waterproof medical tape

You might as well throw some sunscreen, insect repellant, and ibuprofen in there, as well, to prevent sunburn, bugs, or a nasty headache from getting in the way of your big catch.

Fishing License

Make sure the paperwork is out of the way before you leave for your fishing trip. All states, including Minnesota, require a fishing license. It’s not likely you’ll be stopped but having your license readily available in your tackle box can save you a lot of trouble in the event that you are. In addition, understand the regulations for boating and catching in the areas in which you’re fishing.

Mimbach Fleet is your one-stop shop for summer fishing supplies. Get your Minnesota fishing license, lures, and lines all in one place at our convenient location in Sauk Rapids.


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