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No one checklist works for every fishing trip, as there are many variables to consider. Are you fishing saltwater or freshwater? What species are you fishing for? What’s the weather like? What season is it? Are you fishing from a boat or the bank?

This table is a broad list of things necessary for most trips, arranged in order from most to least crucial. Go through this list before each venture, skipping items that aren’t relevant for a particular trip. It should help you remember many of the items you need!

Fishing Equipment General Equipment Clothing
Rods/reels First-aid kit Life jacket
Tackle carrier containing all your terminal tackle, as well as your lures and flies Camera Foul-weather waterproof bag containing rainsuit, knit hat, gloves, and dry socks)
Line clippers Meals and snacks Polarized sunglasses
Needlenose pliers Insect repellant Baseball cap
Towel (for drying hands after catching fish) Flashlight or headlamp Waterproof boots
Cooler containing bait (keep livebait cool and dry, and keep minnows cool and wet) Cooler containing (nonalcoholic) beverages Deck shoes
Landing net Thermos Gloves
Extra spool of line GPS unit or compass Waders or hip boots
Measuring tape Knife or multitool Fleece jacket
Castnet or seine if you plan to gather bait Lighter or matches in waterproof case Shirt – SPF fabric and longsleeved
Mouth spreader if you’re fishing for species with teeth Sunscreen Shirt – SPF fabric and shortsleeved
Weight scale Hand sanitizer Long underwear
Hand warmers Convertible pants (pants with zippered legs, making instant shorts)
Plastic bags Socks
25 feet of small-diameter rope
Seat, bucket, or cushion
Toilet paper

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