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Basics You NEED to Have in Your Tackle Box
While there isn't any such thing as a perfect tackle box set up, the truth of the matter is that you're going to want to really think about each and every single piece you add to your tackle box so that you are prepared for any and every eventuality when you go fishing.
Most tackle boxes are very organic. The contents of them change and shift on the fly with every intended adventure, bait and lures (as well as other accessories) getting swapped out for other options depending upon the kind of fishing you're going to be doing that day.
At the same time, there are fundamental elements that you need to make sure your tackle box has at all times - the foundational building blocks that all tackle boxes need to be built off of.
There is absolutely NOTHING worse than being miles in the woods downriver, away from everyone and everything, just about to hit your favorite secret spot that nobody else knows about right before the fish really start to strike and discovering that your plum out of line - or that you have just a snap your last length of line and now you have to pack it all in.
Always carry at least two or three different spools of line that you're able to 'hot swap' into your rod and reel so that you can meet any needs and challenges you may be facing out on the water.
This goes hand-in-hand with the extra line that you want to keep in your tackle box at all times, and for just as obvious so reason. You want to have multiple hooks in different configurations and sizes, giving you the chance to land all of the fish that you're going after as well as any whoppers that you may not have expected to be waiting for you.
Bobbers and floaters
Some people call them bobbers, others call them floaters, but at the end of the day they are going to really help you know when you're getting bites from fish while you're out on bigger stretches of water.
Sure, experienced anglers are going to be able to tell when they have a solid strike just by the tension in the airline and any activity on their pole, but those just starting out - as well as those that don't want to have to fry their brain with extreme focus every time they cast - are going to want to slap a bobber on the line to give them a visual cue for when the action starts.
Most bait isn't going to be heavy enough all on its own to get down to the depths that attract the kind of fish that you are going after, and that's why you're going to want to be able to snap sinkers onto your line.
Extra sinkers let you add extra weight as necessary, but they also help you stay up and running when you have to cut a snagged line loose or have a fish break your line when you least expect them to. Lead sinkers are becoming kind of rare now, but if you can find them they are very easy to work with - though brass, tungsten, steel, and bismuth sinkers will get the job done just as well.