April 28, 2022

By Tim Allard


Here's a checklist of things you'll want to bring on your next fishing adventure.


Tackle And Gear


__ Rods: spinning, casting, trolling


__ Reels: Spooled with line


__ Extra line: fluorocarbon leader, monofilament, or superbraid


__ Tackle bag or tackle box


__ Hardbaits: crankbaits and minnowbaits


__ Spinnerbaits and inline spinners


__ Soft-plastics: grubs, tubes, jerkbaits, worms, lizards


__ Topwaters: poppers, walk-the-dogs, plastic frogs, buzzbaits


__ Bass hooks: offset shank for Texas-rigging, wide gap for wacky rigging


__ Bass flipping jigs


__ Walleye hooks for livebait: octopus


__ Circle hooks for catfish and pike


__ Bait hooks of various sizes


__ Various sized spoons


__ Sinkers: split shots, walking, egg


__ Leaders, snaps and swivels


__ Jig heads: ball, darter, tube


__ Bucktail or feather jigs


__ Worm harnesses and livebait rigs


__ Fish scent


__ Bobbers: slip, fixed, and illuminated for night fishing and bobber stops


__ Planner boards


__ Fishing net


__ Live bait: worms, minnows, leeches, and carrying containers (e.g., minnow bucket)


__ Valid fishing license and state regulations


__ Scale/ruler


__ Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs



Clothing


__ Rain gear: jacket, pants and hat


__ Neoprene gloves or waterproof mittens


__ Waterproof footwear: hiking boots or rubber boots


__ Running shoes or sandals


__ Hats: ball cap, wide-brim, or wool



Clothing: Tops And Bottoms


__ Moisture-wicking thermal underwear (if fishing in cold weather)


__ Sports bras


__ Moisture-wicking socks


__ Fleece mid-layer shirt and pants


__ Hooded sweater


__ Fleece vest


__ Pile or wool pants


__ Convertible zip-off pants


__ Lightweight shorts


__ Quick-drying swimsuit and towel


__ Moisture-wicking T-shirt and long-sleeve shirt


__ Gear bag to carry extra clothing

General Boating Gear


__ Rod holders


__ Pliers: needle-nose, split ring


__ Fish hook remover/extractor


__ Boat tools: spark plug wrench, pliers, standard wrench


__ Spare tire and jack


__ Life jackets


__ Paddle


__ Bailer or manual bilge


__ Flashlight with fresh batteries


__ Signaling device: horn, whistle, flares


__ Throw rope


__ Bowline


__ Boat fenders


__ Boat trailer tie-downs


__ Fire extinguisher


__ Spare oil


__ Spare spark plugs and fuses


__ Full tank of gas


__ Fish finder


__ GPS Unit


__ Weather radio


__ Hydrographic navigation maps and road maps


__ Map marking pen


__ All-weather pen and notebook


__ Trolling motor and charged battery


__ Duct and electrical tape



Other Items


__ Sunscreen


__ Lip balm


__ Sunglasses


__ Bug repellant


__ First Aid/Medical Kit


__ Matches in a waterproof container


__ Biodegradable soap


__ Personal Medicine: eyewash, aspirin, lotion, etc.


__ Other personal toiletry items


__ Water


__ Tape measure


__ Camera


__ Cooler for lunch and drinks with ice packs


__ Thermos for coffee


__ Fillet knife and zippered plastic bags


__ Binoculars


__ Waterproof wrist watch


__ Emergency contact phone numbers


__ Cash, credit card, and phone calling card


__ Driver's license and vehicle and boat insurance


__ Health insurance information or card


__ Travel alarm clock

Originally published March 4, 2020. Tim Allard hails from Ottawa, Ontario. He's a full-time outdoor journalist and author/photographer of the multi-award winning book, Ice Fishing - The Ultimate Guide.

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