There is nothing better than a fishing trip. Whether you are going with friends or family, being on the open water, you against nature, is a battle that many are willing to take. Any angler will tell you that before you catch the “big one” you will need to have the right gear. Sure, you are going to need fishing poles and some bait, but some things that can make catching that prize fish easier. When considering your next fishing trip, make sure to include these three things:
1. Swiss Army Knife
There are 101 reasons why you will need a pocket knife out on the waters. However, all the different attachments that come along with a Swiss army knife will also be helpful. You may need help freeing tangled line between poles, restringing and cutting the line on a pole, or with various other aspects of fishing. The player attachment can be used to pull the hook from the fish’s mouth and secure the sinker weight. This little tool is worth the investment.
These knives are also called 7-in-1 because they have several different tools folded neatly into one case. Depending on the brand and price, some are nicer than others. Since you will be dealing with a lot of moisture and water, you need a rustproof setup.
2. A Fishing Net
Most people hit the waters with every kind of new pole and tackle imaginable. While they have dreams of catching that big fish, they have no idea how hard it can be to get that “monster” in the boat. A fishing net is excellent when you are searching for larger fish. Anything over five pounds can put up quite a fight, and you may lose the battle. Once you lure the fish to the boat side, you can quickly scoop it up with the net.
Nets come in various sizes from those that will fit the smaller crabs and such to those that will grab a 20-pound fish without difficulty. Spend a bit of money and get one that is made for endurance and will withstand weatherization.
3. Sunblock-Sun Gloves
While you may not see this is a necessity for fishing, the glare from the water and sun will fry you quicker than a piece of chicken in a skillet. Why do you think fisherman always wear hats? It offers some of the best protection against the harmful rays from Mother Nature.
Sun gloves have been around for a while, but they are just becoming popular. Sun gloves protect your hands since they are exposed to water, moving all around, and cannot escape the sun’s glare. Be sure to reapply your sunscreen according to the manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure your protection does not run out.
By adding these three things to your next fishing trip, you can ensure that you have a great time with little issue. They do not cost a bunch of money, but they will enhance your trip.