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Overton's Tacklebox Essentials
Before getting on the water, it’s important to take inventory of all the items in your tackle box. You want to make sure you have everything you need to help you catch that fish of a lifetime! Don’t risk letting the big one get away while you’re digging for something you don’t have. Stock up on these tackle box essentials so you're prepared to reel in the fish that makes your buddies envious.
Bass Fishing

Keep Plenty of Extra Hooks

Not only should there be extra hooks, there should also be a variety of hooks and sizes so you can adapt if your target fish changes. Whether it’s a traditional J-hook or the popular French hook, stock your tackle box with different styles and sizes to ensure you’re prepared to catch the smallest trout or the biggest catfish. A good rule to remember is "you can catch a big fish on a small hook, but you can't catch a small fish on a big hook." So be prepared for whatever the situation may call for.

Bass Fishing

Keep A Variety of Lure Options

Be prepared for changing conditions and target fish by keeping a wide variety of lures on hand. Keep several in your tackle box in an assortment of sizes and colors to try when nothing else seems to be working. If you’ve been successful using plastic worms or fishing lures in a certain color, keep them on hand for continued success. Keep several options of hardbaits, such as crankbaits, jerkbaits, topwaters, and one or two spinners. Soft plastics such as worms, craws, and creatures are great for fishing bass. Also add some jigs for a well rounded tackle box.

Bass Fishing

Extra Bobbers and Sinkers

Every fisherman should have a few bobbers and sinkers in their tackle box. Bobbers float on the surface of the water and dip under once a fish bites. They’re a great tool to help you manage several rods at once. Sinkers are small weights that help the hook and bait sink deeper into the water. The right size sinker can keep the bait in place in a strong current. Sinkers get lost easily, so you need to keep a back-up supply on hand. Keep different size weights on hand so you can adapt to conditions and water depth.

Bass Fishing

Extra Spools of Fishing Line

It’s inevitable. At some point you'll likely have a backlash or a tangle in your fishing line. There's even a possibility that a large fish will snap your line. Be prepared by having additional spools of fishing line in your tackle box. Keep a variety of extra line in different strengths to help you catch your target fish. Larger fish species such as Catfish and Striped Bass require heavier lines in test strengths of 50 lbs. or more. Smaller species such as bream and sunfish require line strengths as small as 4-lb. test. Be prepared for every situation!

Bass Fishing

Tools of the Trade

There are a few tools necessary in every tackle box. Items such as a knife, scissors, and pliers are essential. A good pair of scissors always comes in handy when trying to cut your fishing line. They'll save you some unnecessary stress when your only option is to cut a snagged line. Needle nose pliers are also essential; nothing removes a hook from a fish's mouth better than a trusty set of needle nose pliers. An important tool to help prevent a hook in your finger!

Bass Fishing

First Aid Kit

Accidents do happen. Always keep a small first aid kit in your tackle box. Necessities such as Band-Aids, small bandages, Neosporin, and waterproof medical tape should suffice for most fishing-related wounds. Remember safety first!

Bass Fishing

Sunscreen and Insect Repellent

Along the same lines of putting safety first, make an effort to protect your skin by having sunscreen and insect repellent in your tackle box. Fishing can be a wait-and-see game where you’ll be out in the sun and subjected to outdoor conditions for an extended period of time. Keeping a supply of sunscreen and insect repellent in the same place as other commonly used items will help you remember to apply it throughout the day. With a fully stocked tackle box, you’re able to focus on the task at hand, knowing everything you need is within reach.

Bass Fishing