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Top 10 Pieces of Fishing Gear

We all have our preference for lures and gear but there are some things no fisherman can do without.
Besides the basics (rod, reel, and lures) there are some bits of gear that most fishermen bring along no matter what they’re fishing or what time of the day it is. We’ve put together a list of 10 things we know most fishermen can’t do without. Think of it as a checklist for your next fishing trip.

1) Pliers: whether you’re closing sinkers or trying to get a hook out of a fish’s mouth pliers are an important part of any fisherman’s tackle box.

2) Pocket Knife or Scissors: On the off chance you have to cut your line (or anything else) you’re going to need something sharp to cut with.

3) Hat or sunglasses: and not just for looking good in your hero shots with your trophy fish. A hat or sunglasses will keep the glare from the water out of your eyes so you can see what you’re doing. Both are ideal and wearing sunglasses is best for any type of fishing. Sunglasses can also offer some measure of protection for your eyes against anything that might fly into them.

4) Fishing License: This is a no-brainer. Without a fishing license you can’t legally fish. If you get caught without one you may be facing some hefty fines.

5) Phone: If you or a person you’re with gets hurt you’re going to need to contact someone quickly.

6) Super glue: fixing rods, sealing knots, fixing lures and it’ll act better than a band-aid to fix a cut from a fish’s teeth or anything else. This is one thing that should always be in your tackle box.

7) Compass or GPS: Not only will this help you figure out where you’re fishing but it’ll help you find out where you are if you get lost.

8 ) Camera: If you’re catching and releasing (and even if you’re not) you want to have a picture of that trophy fish you caught. With today’s technology you can take your camera phone with you and save some room in your gear with the two-in-one device.

9) Life Jacket: Some laws state that you have to wear a life jacket if you’re anywhere near water where others state that unless the boat is underway you don’t have to wear one. It’s up to you to make the decision to keep the life jacket on while you’re dock fishing but either way it’s the law when you’re on a moving boat.

10) Net: How else are you going to get your trophy fishing into the boat (or on the dock) to take a picture with it? You can try with just your hands but that’s a slippery experience. The size of your net depends on the type of fish you’re going after.

Now we all know the basic and essential gear but this is a sport that varies from person to person. So what do you carry with you that other fisherman might not?