Fishing is what originally got me into the outdoors. And ever since not catching anything on my first trip I have been hooked ever since. Over the years I have tried countless different techniques, baits and tackle. Things worked and a lot more didn’t. For me it seems to always be that the simpler the setup, the better the experience.
Now as any fisherman knows, there are so many different kinds of fishing. Usually a gear list is either to general or not specific enough for a trip. Just think about the difference in gear you would need to take with you when going from say… slamming some sunfish to hooking up with a monster peacock bass! So for this month’s Check it out List I will be covering something that I think every fisherman could benefit from. A checklist for a fishing pack. This will not be specific for any particular fish species or style of fishing, but something that every fisherman should take with them.
Needle Nose Pliers/ Forceps
Resalable Plastic Bags
Note Pad and Writing Utensil
Lets break this down shall we. Like I discussed with the Range Time bag last month, picking out a proper pack is essential. A lot of people will over-pack and I am one of them. I prefer a backpack style pack as it frees my hands up for carrying other things. Now a backpack does sound like overkill for the minimal items that I listed above, but it leaves me room for all the tackle and such I would need to take to actually fish with. So my suggestion is getting a small-medium zippered pack that can be tossed inside a bigger pack with ease.
The needle-nose pliers are nice for de-hooking fish, crimping barbs and just overall fixing of small things that happen on fishing trips. I like forceps though for their precision of hook removal. Scissors are great for cutting through line. Many would substitute nail-clippers to save space and weight, but I like scissors. (My mother did not like though that I felt my fishing pack deserved the best scissors in the house.) Scissors can also be used to cut through other bigger items when necessary.
Knife. I don’t really know a single list in life that one could not use a good knife in. There is no specific knife I suggest, just make sure it is one that you like and can work with. You’ll need for all the millions of uses knives get put through… and of course gutting your catch!
We all have been with people that don’t like getting “icky from fishing” and I can’t blame em. As much as I respect Powerbait Trout Bait it does tend to ruin any sandwich I eat if I have some left on my hands. So bring a towel. Seriously.
Every pack used for outdoor activities should have a few trash bags. You know it, I know it, the animals know it and the Forest Service knows it… people are slobs. Somebody has to help out when it comes to the litter issues so many places suffer.
Sunscreen and bug repellent are good to carry, for obvious reasons. I suggest putting these in the resalable plastic bags to keep them from spilling/leaking on other items. Also have a few more plastic bags because you never know what you might need to bag up.
By ruler I mean a retractable kind. Get one of those little three-foot ones that take up no space. Use it to measure your fish. The note pad and writing utensil will let you keep track of your successes, failures and just thoughts while out fishing. Humans as a species are slowly losing the ability to hand-write (I’m pretty sure it started with doctors…) so why not get back to basics when reconnecting with the wilderness.
Well there you have it. Another checklist to check off.
Could track bees in a blizzard! Giddy-Up!!