Whether you’re heading out onto the lake or wading into a stream, there’s something calming and meditative about fishing. But if you’re new to the activity, it can be overwhelming to see all of the best fishing accessories on the market and know where to begin.
Don’t worry. We’re here for you.
Your Guide to Essential Best Fishing Accessories
We’ve written this guide to help you. In no time, you’ll be packed up, geared up, suited up and ready to go on your fishing excursion.
#01: Clothing Essentials
For fishermen and women, a waterproof jacket/coat is an absolute must in the world of fishing accessories. There are coats labeled as waterproof when they really aren’t, so be sure to do your research.
Which you choose will depend – to some extent – on the type of fishing you’re planning to do. For example, if you’re an ice fisher, you’ll want to be sure the coat has a fleece lining. If you’re a fly fisher, you’ll want plenty of pockets to hold your fishing accessories.
Quality clothing will keep you dry in even the most unfriendly conditions. The rule of thumb is to find a waterproof jacket that’s made of a breathable and durable water repellent (DWR) fabric finish.
Also, if you’re going to be spending a lot of time out of the boat and directly in the river or lake, you may also want to invest in waders.
On those hotter summer days when a coat is not an issue, you may be tempted to wear shorts. But you’re better off with pants. Especially if there are biting insects.
And a hat is always a good idea. It’ll protect you from both the sun and the rain.
Other clothing essentials you’ll want to bring along include:
- An extra pair of socks in case the ones you’re wearing get wet
- An extra pair of shoes (for the same reason)
- An entire change of clothes, for a dry drive home
- A towel
#02: Fishing Equipment
Just as in all other hunting, you need to have the right equipment.
You’ll need to pack for the type of fishing you’ll be doing. In other words, pack the rods, reels, and lines that best match the type of fish you hope to catch.
Once you’ve got the appropriate rod and reel, be sure to bring back-ups of each so that if something happens, you won’t have to cut the trip short. It’s okay to use a less expensive backup reel, but it still needs to work well.
You’ll also want to take several spools of line with you, as well as hooks, sinkers, swivels, and corks. If you’re using artificial lures, take plenty. And if you’re using live bait, don’t forget the bait buckets and coolers.
You should also have a tackle box that holds all of your extra equipment, supplies, and tools. If you’re going into the water, you’ll want a small tackle box to take with you.
Other essential fishing accessories you’ll need include:
- A fishing net for scooping up the fish
- Long-nose pliers for removing hooks
- Knives for cleaning the fish
- An ice chest to keep the fillets cool
- A tape measure so you can brag about how big your fish is
#03: Fishing Bags and Packs
Fishing requires a lot of gear, a lot of pockets, and a lot of storage! While the tackle box holds all the necessary fishing equipment, it’s the fishing bag where you’ll keep the other essentials.
The fisherman’s or fisherwoman’s bag comes in many disguises. It can be a straight-up waterproof bag, a stylish shoulder bag, a bag with wheels, a bag with chairs attached to it, you name it.
So aside from the essentials like your wallet and cell phone, here’s a list of other things you may not have thought to pack:
- A small waterproof bag to keep your cell phone and wallet safe
- Your fishing license!
- A map, just in case phone service is sketchy or non-existent where you’re fishing
- Bug repellent
- First-aid kit
- A good knife
- A multi-functional tool
- Toilet paper (especially for our fisher women)
It’s best to err on the side of bringing too much in the way of fishing accessories. There will be times you’ll be grateful you did. And as you become more familiar with the process, you can always skim down and revise your list as needed.
#04: Thermos/Water container
The cool thing about a thermos flask is that it keeps hot things hot, and cool things cool. This is what makes it one of the most diverse and necessary fishing accessories.
If you’re fishing on a morning before the chill hasn’t quite lifted, you’ll love having coffee, tea or soup to warm you while you wait for the sun to rise. And for ice fishing, having hot fluids is crucial.
But what about when the weather gets warm?
Even in the midst of all the water and the potential rains you’re protecting yourself from, your body still needs fluids. So fill up a thermos with water or another cool refreshing beverage before heading out.
#05: Fish Finders
Full disclaimer here: not everyone will want to use a fish finder. There are some anglers that flat-out agree that to use a fish finder is kind of like cheating.
But when you’re new to fishing and unsure of what you’re doing, it can feel pretty discouraging to sit in the boat all day and wonder if you’re ever going to catch anything.
The fish finder eliminates this hopelessness and despair. And the newer versions are incredibly accurate. They not only locate an individual fish hundreds of feet below the surface, but they can tell you how big it is too.
It’s plain and simple. A fish finder can help you avoid a lot of wasted hours fishing in a spot where there are just no fish. So by our definition, it’s one of the essential fishing accessories.
Anchors aweigh! We hope this guide helps you to enjoy your time out on (or in) the water! If you have other helpful advice, leave a comment below.