You often find that fishermen focus mainly on their tackle and forget about the tools and accessories that they are going to need when they are fishing too.
You may get onto your boat and then realize that you require some additional tools when you’re out on the lake.
Over time it is likely that you will develop an understanding of the essential fishing tools and accessories that you are going to need once you gain a familiarity with them.
These items don’t necessarily come with expensive price tags but each of them have their uses and are important in their own way. Below are the top ten essential fishing tools and accessories that are more than likely to come in useful.
The most basic tool that you would expect every angler to be carrying around with them is a pair of aluminum pliers. As aluminum tends to be stronger than steel they are less likely to rust and most of them come with carbide steel cutters built-in.
These pliers will come in useful when it comes to cutting the line, removing treble hooks from fish, and sometimes in the case of emergencies, this may involve removing hooks from your skin.
They are also used for bending things and are essential whether this is for fishing from the shore or a boat.
A good pair of sharp cutting blades are great for cutting through many different materials that you will come across whilst fishing, this may be regular monofilament, fluorocarbon, or braid.
They are also good enough for cutting through other fabrics too, for example, if ever you find that a stray hook gets stuck in clothes, carpet, or nylon then a good pair of scissors will be able to cut through this material with ease.
You would expect to find a multi-tool in every tackle box or boat. As a versatile tool, it is very handy for allowing you to work in many different situations with ease. This tool is really useful when it comes to fixing some minor problems with equipment. This may include screws in your bait caster or fixing the drag on your spinning reel.
Impressively this tool can come in handy if you ever find yourself with a lost wire clip inside your spinning reel pool, using this tool this can easily replace it.
This tool is particularly useful because you have all of the different tools that you need incorporated into one item, so don’t have to worry about having a toolbox with you all the time.
Fishing First Aid Kit
This is something that every fisherman’s kit should include in case you find yourself with some minor emergencies. Smaller first aid kits are going to fit into backpacks conveniently. Of course, you will want to choose a first aid kit that is waterproof too.
When you are fishing you never know when you might find yourself in a situation where you get cut from fish teeth or hooks stuck on your body somewhere. A first aid cut is going to be very beneficial in providing you with the pain relief and antibiotics that you will need.
Fishing Digital Scale
Having a digital scale is ideal because you never know when you are going to catch your personal best.
A small digital scale is ideal because this enables you to weigh the fish that you have caught and put a number to it. Choosing a smaller scale is going to be very convenient and a lot easier to store away.
Using a digital scale gives you a much more accurate reading of the weight of the fish than a traditional scale would.
When you’re fishing you never know when you’re going to catch a fish that you are going to wish you took a photograph of. Of course, catching an impressive fish is going to call for a photograph to document it and you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity by not having a camera with you.
A digital camera gives you plenty of time to capture this photograph. You simply need to set a timer and position your camera ready to capture the image.
A GoPro is a great option because with this device you can set the camera down in position and also take photos at regular intervals. This gives you the chance to get into frame and pose for a shot with your catch.
Fishing Landing Net
Regardless of where you are fishing whether this is from the boat or the bank the task of retrieving your fish is made much easier by using a good landing net. This enables you to reach fish from the bank that you may not necessarily have been able to access from the water.
If you are fishing from a boat using a net will mean that you don’t have to dive into the water when there are whitecap rollers. Ideally, you want to choose a net that folds up easily for convenience and has an extendable handle to reach the areas furthest away.
Fishing Neck Gaiter
When you are spending a lot of time out fishing, as an angler sun protection is very important. For anglers, there are many reasons that sunscreen can be awkward to apply.
Not only is it expensive but it can be greasy with a strong smell too. When you are out fishing and you are already dealing with heat, regularly applying sunscreen can be a difficult task.
The solution to this problem is a fishing gaiter with a high SPF. You will find different brands with different shapes that you may find suit your head and neck shape better, you will also want one with breathing holes near the face portion.
A neck gaiter can cool or warm the neck or head area but can also be used to cover your ears, nose, face, and throat.
Fishing Microfiber towels
It is always useful to carry some microfiber cloths on your boat with you as they are convenient for cleaning. You can use them to wipe down your fishfinder screens which will prevent the occurrence of water spots.
Using them alongside a good hull cleaner is an effective way of wiping down your boat once you have pulled it out of the water. Buying them in bigger packs means that they last much longer because they can be washed multiple times after they have been used and they don’t wear easily.
There are many uses for super glue when it comes to fishing. You can use super glue to keep plastic trailers and skirts attached.
You can also use superglue for gluing knots which will prevent them from slipping. However, superglue is also very useful in case of emergencies such as repairs or as a temporary measure for closing cuts if you can’t access bandages.