Easy Tackle Box Setup for Any Beginner

Easy Tackle Box Setup for Any Beginner

A tacklebox is designed to hold all the fishing equipment, such as lures, baits, hooks, and more. It's an essential element to any fishing adventure, so how do we create the perfect tackle box setup?

By Brand Ambassador | February 14, 2022

Good tackle organization is essential when you're spending your day out on the boat. Ensuring you know exactly where a particular hook or lure is on your boat will prevent you from wasting time and aimlessly searching for that specific item. In addition, having the proper tackle box setup will not only save you time but will keep you organized while you're out fishing. After all, you're there to have a good time, right?

A tacklebox is designed to hold all the fishing equipment, such as lures, baits, hooks, and more. It's an essential element to any fishing adventure, so how do we create the perfect tackle box setup? This article will cover the fundamentals of what every tackle box should contain and how to keep it organized. 

How Do You Set Up a Tackle Box for Fishing?

How Do You Set Up a Tackle Box for Fishing

While there are many ways to set up a tackle box, most people prefer to sort it by the type of fish species they plan to catch. As a result, they will be ready to grab whatever is necessary to make the catch right away. In contrast, there are those who prefer to separate hooks, weights, lures, and other miscellaneous items into different tray compartments and group similar items together.

In addition, some prefer completely separate tackle boxes, one for saltwater and one for freshwater. Since your fishing tackle box is one of the most important items you'll carry on your trip, it's crucial to figure out a system that works best for you while keeping it tidy and organized. 

What Should Every Fisherman Have in His Tackle Box?

Now let's get down to business. Do you have any ideas about what should be in a fishing tackle box?

  • Baits and lures - Whether it's crankbaits, jigs, soft plastics, or plastic worm baits, you cannot go fishing without them. It's also a good idea to pick a lure size that corresponds to the tackle you have and the species you're targeting.
  • Extra hooks and sinkers - Make sure to know what kind of fish you're hoping to catch. For example, if you plan to fish for bass, buying a heavier sinker is unnecessary as they are made for bottom fishing. However, it's always good to have a few different sizes and hooks on hand.
  • Extra fishing line - Your fishing trip will not be successful without the additional fishing line. How would you feel if your line snapped while you were in the middle of catching a fish and you had no extras? Always bring an additional line that is suitable for the conditions and the prey. 
  • Pocket knife - A pocket knife always comes in handy, whether you need to use it for cutting bait, fishing lines, or cleaning your fish. 
  • Needle-nosed Pliers - Pliers are needed to remove hooks from fish and cut fishing lines. It is best to use pliers made from aluminum to survive both in freshwater and saltwater. 
  • First Aid Kit - You must keep a small first aid kit with you at all times. Cuts and injuries can happen to anyone at any time. Among the essentials are antibiotic ointment, motion sickness tablets, acetaminophen tablets, antimicrobial towelettes, antiseptic towelettes, and non-latex disposable gloves.
  • Fishing license - Having your fishing license with you is one of the essential items in your tackle box. Don't forget to keep it in a water-resistant plastic sleeve so you can prevent it from getting wet. 
  • Hat, sunglasses, and SPF - Fishing is a great pastime, so you'll likely spend the whole day out on the water. Take care of your face, eyes, and skin, and protect yourself from the sun's intense rays. Always wear SPF when spending time outdoors. 

How Do You Organize a Tackle Box?

Keeping a tackle box organized will prevent anglers from cutting themselves or letting fish escape because they have trouble finding the tools they need. Furthermore, an appropriate box will transport effortlessly from the garage to the boat and back again. 

Keep in mind that a label maker is everyone's best friend when it comes to organization. If you label your trays, you'll be able to quickly locate any fishing equipment you brought along with you. In addition, we've compiled a few things so that you have more time for fishing rather than thinking.

  • Combine tackle for the particular fish species in one tray
  • Arrange your lures according to what they do 
  • Organize soft-plastic baits with similar colors in the same container
  • Make use of tray storage and utility box with small sections to put away hooks, sinkers, floats, and other fishing tackle
  • Consider using transparent plastic lids to see what's inside your container easily
  • Utilize labels as a method of identifying items 

What Should Be in a Beginner's Fishing Tackle Box?

You should figure out what type of fishing you will be doing before choosing a tackle box. For example, do you plan on fishing from the shore or a boat? If you are new to shoreline fishing, you may benefit from using a backpack-style tackle bag since it will free up your hands. 

However, if you are fishing from a kayak or a boat, you will need a tackle box or bags with clear trays. Every beginner's tackle box should contain lures, baits, as well as different hooks. Extra line, needle-nose pliers, and a flashlight are also essential items. 

With that being said, one can easily become overwhelmed with all the fishing tackle options out there, so let's focus on the basics. Once you have gone fishing a few times, you will start figuring out what works and what doesn't. Over time, you will develop your fishing techniques and pick up the correct tackle.

What Do You Need for Kids to Fish?

Whether you're on vacation or living in Florida, fishing can be a lot of fun for the whole family, even kids! The question is, how can we prepare everyone for this activity. An essential part of learning how to fish involves getting to know the equipment you will use. 

To enhance the experience for kids, you should start with simple fishing gear that typically costs no more than $40. While you can pick and choose what to bring with you, this kit comes with a telescopic fishing rod, spin-cast reel, fishing line, fishing tackle, and travel bag, and it is designed specifically for kids.

Aside from fishing equipment, don't forget to bring sunblock and a hat. Protecting your loved ones from the sun's intense rays is essential. Another essential? Lifejacket! With a bit of planning and the right expectations, fishing with kids can be a blast. Are you excited to go on a fishing getaway?

What Are the Five Common Fishing Gears?

What Are the Five Common Fishing Gears
  1. Nets - There are various sizes and shapes of nets. The passive types allow fish to swim into them, while active types drag fish through the water. Nets commonly used in fishing include trawling nets, beach seines, dredges, and cast nets.
  2. Hook and Line - This is perhaps the most common fishing gear. There are a variety of hooks and lines that include longlines, hand lines, poles, and trolling lines. 
  3. Traps - Fish are caught in enclosed spaces called traps. They are used to bait and encourage the desired species to enter. The most common traps include pots, stow, or bag nets.
  4. Grappling Devices - These devices are generally hand-held gears used to catch specific fish. Grappling devices include harpoons, spears, and arrows. 
  5. Stupefying Devices - These are fishing gears that use explosives or chemicals to stun a large amount of fish. Due to their damaging effects on the marine ecosystem, they are typically not preferred.

Plan Your Next Fishing Trip with Jensen's Marina™

Now that you know all about the perfect tackle box setup, visit us at Jensen's Marina and Cottages™, and let's get out on the water! Prepare your fishing equipment - boats can accommodate up to 12 people. In addition, if you're up for the challenge, you can also fish from a kayak. 

At Jensen's Marina, there's a store, a museum, a grill area, and a private dock, so you'll have plenty to do while visiting. So contact us, and allow yourself to escape from your everyday worries while enjoying the beauty of Captiva Island. 

Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina and Cottages™

15107 Captiva Drive
Captiva, FL 33924

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