No matter where or how you fish, you’ll need the right gear. Here are the must-have items every angler needs for their next fishing trip.
Let's start with the necessities. It goes without saying you'll need to bring your fishing rod and reel. However, there are specific rods and reels designed for every fishing style. You wouldn't try to tow a car with a wagon, would you? The same concept applies to fishing. You can't expect to land a marlin with a bass rod. So make sure you have the right rod for the place and fish. You'll also need some tackle, including line, hooks, sinkers, bait, pliers, and sinkers.
With all that tackle, you'll need a place to safely and securely store it. That's where tackle boxes come in. The best tackle box is water-resistant, spacious, and will allow you to stay organized, so you don't have to fish around looking for things. You can also throw your fishing license in your tackle box. Better yet, slip it into your Groove Wallet with your ID and credit cards.
If you're a serious angler seeking to improve time on the water, it's worth considering investing in a fish finder. Fish finders have a slew of tools that will help you easily locate and catch more fish. With powerful sonar, sharp imaging, mapping, and navigation, you won't have to guess what lies under your boat - you'll know.
With all those fish you'll catch, you'll need somewhere to put them all, so make sure to bring a sturdy and long-lasting cooler. Some coolers even come with a handy fish ruler on the lids. If you plan on catching and releasing, a cooler will also be beneficial to hold your lunch.
With different terrain and unique sets of challenges to deal with, you'll need to find the right shoes for the job. If you're fly fishing, opt for waterproof boots or waders with insulation. On the other hand, sandals are more comfortable if you're fishing on a boat in tropical waters. Bottom line, you'll want a pair of shoes that combine comfort, dependability, and style.
Anglers are ditching their metal ring for a silicone Groove Ring® - because you should never have to leave your wedding ring behind. Groove rings are breathable, flexible, and stylish silicone rings that are perfect for the ultimate outdoorsman. Not only are they designed to easily break away when put under pressure to protect your fingers, but they're also engineered to keep air in and moisture out. Add in a lifetime warranty, and you can rest assured that we've got you covered.
Serious anglers never leave home without their polarized sunglasses. The harsh sunlight can reflect massive amounts of glare from the water's surface toward your eyes. Polarized sunglasses are designed to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. But did you know quality polarized sunglasses also enhance vision with vivid detail and contrast? This helps you see the fish below the surface, giving you a serious competitive edge.
No matter where you fish, you'll need a sharp, reliable, and versatile knife. Whether you need to cut a line or clean a fish on the water, the last thing you want is your knife failing you when you need it most. Make sure to choose a knife that's resistant to rust and salt water, easy to keep sharp, and powerful enough to get the job done. Keep in mind that fishing knives should weigh within 3-8 ounces.
Whether you're fly fishing, deep sea fishing, or even ice fishing, it's important to bring sunscreen. The last thing you want to deal with is a little sunburn. SPF 30 is the sunscreen sweet spot, blocking 97% of the sun's rays.
First Aid Kit
Fishing can come with a lot of unexpected cuts and scratches, which can lead to dangerous infections. Hooks may sink into your skin or a fish's sharp fins may cut you. These fishing-related wounds should be immediately treated. So it's always a good idea to bring a first aid kit anytime you head out on a fishing trip. A basic first aid kit includes bandages, sterilization, medical tape, antibiotics, trauma shears, and more.