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Fishing Gear Must Haves

Looking to escape the urban hustle for a few days and cast a line in calm waters? No aspiring gentleman should be caught unprepared during a fishing weekend with the guys. If you’re not sure where to start with your fishing ear, the following is a list of you should bring for an enjoyable and a successful fishing outing:

Weatherproof Apparel

Fishing can be a miserable experience if the weather takes a turn for the worse. Don’t get caught in the rain without the proper gear. Bring along a poncho or rain shell that is 100 percent waterproof — there are plenty of fashionable, classy options to choose from. Wear wool clothing to keep you warm and dry. Even your socks should be wool (not cotton), because it dries more quickly and protects your feet from the cold. Under Armour or SmartWool base layers are ideal for fall and spring fishing because the weather is less predictable.

First Aid Kit

Safety is important, especially when you’re out in nature without cell reception. The hooks and gear you work with are dangerous and can cause injury. Pack a first aid kit that can take care of any injury in a swift manner. Your kit should be equipped with antiseptic towelettes, alcohol pads, bandages, wound closure strips, scissors, tweezers and adhesive tape. Look for a first aid kit with a hard case, so it is water-resistant and won’t be damaged by the elements.

Get a Proper License

Gentlemen always have the proper fishing license. Licenses vary by season, region and type of fish. You also need to know the rules and regulations of the region, such as open season dates, minimum weight requirements of your catch and the overall quantity you can have. For example, salmon season and regulations in the Pacific Northwest change every year and sometimes weekly if in-season updates in a particular run are weaker. Before you head out on your next fishing trip, check your state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife website for regular updates.

Fishing Gear Checklist

Before you head out, create a gear checklist so you don’t forget anything. Your list should include a rod, tackle, fishing line and bait. If you’re a beginner, spincasting outfits are recommended. Make sure you know your reel and how it functions, so you reduce the risk of damage and streamline your fishing experience. Fluorocarbon fishing line has become a reliable go-to because it is invisible under water, has a high abrasion resistance, doesn’t absorb water and has a greater density and weight. Fluoro is more sensitive and packed with molecules that transmit energy, which means it lets you know when you have light bites or lure ticking the bottom.

As far as tackle goes, make sure you bring extra line, extra hooks, bobbers, sinkers, lures, plastic worms, needle nose pliers and a line cutter. You also need to bring fish cleaning tools, since it is easier to clean your fish at the beach or the lake. Bring along a knife for gutting, plastic wrap and an ice-filled cooler for transport. you can even check out fishing mobile aps for additional pointers specific to your location.