If you’re an average bass fisherman, chances are that you started with a small tackle box. Then when you started turning into a real fisherman, you threw the tiny box away and got a bigger one to house all your goodies. Soon you found that one was too small and then the cycle started again – and so on and so on.
It really is difficult to give advice on a tackle box as each person has their own preference, and it has much to do with personal taste and temperament.
So I am going to instead give you advice on what else I consider as neccessary accessories for bass fishing, from the large to the small.
These are used chiefly in streams and smaller rivers. However they also good for fishing in shallower lakes and dams. In many streams high-length boots or wading stockings are sufficient, but for a lake or dam it’s generally best to get the arm pit length waders.
Notorious as bass are for throwing lures when they leap, they can’t do it if they are solidly hooked. To test this, the next time you land a bass that’s reasonably well hooked, try your best to remove that hook, and you will find that no matter what you try that hook stays right there in the fishes mouth.
Sharp hooks will drive into the hard mouth of a bass, so a little while spent on sharpening your hooks could go a long way to more than doubling your catch the next time you go fishing. It’s not enought to have them sharp going out, each time you land a fish, or your lure accidently strikes something, test the point of your hook by lightly brushing with your thumb. If it doesn’t start to dig in when your thumb barely touches it, it’s not sharp enough.
Rainsuits and Boots
Not too many years ago many of us would rather risk getting wet in a sudden thunder shower, than carry along a raincoat. We’d take the chance that it wouldn’t rain, and very often we were fooled and soaked.
Nowadays there is such a wide range of ligh weight raincoats, and even waterproof wear of all sorts from shirts, to pants to shoes, that there realls is no excuse for sitting in the rain and getting a soaking followed by some pneumonia. It’s not practical and it’s not fun trying to fish while your underpants are sopping wet.
A lightweight raincoat should be part of any bass fisherman’s kit, having said that please be reasonable and even if you do have the correct rain gear, do not be a dunce and sit out during lighting and thunderstorms.
For removing a hook that a bass has taken deeply, or is embedded in the very tough part of the lip, nothing else is so convenient as a pair of long nosed pliers. They should have a wire cutter, which also has many used – it is handier than a knife for cutting monofilament or even braided line.
This might sound like a no brainer, but you would be surprised by how many bass fishermen don’t keep their rods in any form of casing. This of course leads to the early demise of most rods from all sorts of effect on it, then they wonder why they need to keep replacing rods.
Having said that, it is also important to use a rod case correctly or else it too can damage the rod. This merely means that the rod and it’s cloth cover, should be bone dry before placing it in the case. Any dampness in a closed confined space like that would not bode well for the rod, doesn’t matter what material its made of.
A landing net is both more effective and safer for both fisherman and the bass. Many ‘Seasoned Veterans’ think it is macho to land a bass by placing their thumbs into the mouth and lifting the fish by the lower jaw, if the jaw is bent to keep the mouth wide open, it seems to partly paralyze the fish and it isn’t likely to flop.
However too many who tried it got their hands seriously injured, a heavy flopping bass drives and embedded hook deeper and deeper. Using a landing net is a sure thing, and definitely safer.
Really? I hear you say – but have you ever come back from a days fishing and you have that slight headache? Slightly queasy feeling in your stomach? Or maybe just sour and generally cranky? According to some eye specialists, eyestrain from bright sunlight can definitely have an adverse affect on you. If you can afford it then there are ones designed especially for fishermen, darker on top and bottom then in the middle, this cuts glare from both the sky and it’s reflection on the water.
If not then at the very least wear a normal pair of sunglasses to ease the effect.
Antiseptic and Plasters
This is something that most male fishermen tend to completely ignore, until they get to the point in their fishing day where they manage to jab their hand with a hook or tear it open in one way or the other. They then progress to trying to find something to use as a makeshift bandage, often causing infection which only gets worse the longer they stay at the water. A simple antiseptic liquid or even cream , and a few plasters can go a long way in preventing nasty infections for cuts.