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A tackle box is more or less the fisherman’s toy box full of tricks of the trade. Creating the perfect tackle box for your type of fishing takes years and years of trial and error, fine tuning, and learning about not only your likes and dislikes, but what the fish in your area like too. There is no correct way to stock your tackle box. In fact, if you ask a hundred fishermen what they think they need to have in their box, you will most likely get a hundred different answers. That being said, there are some items that are a good idea for any saltwater fisherman to keep well-stocked, regardless of personal preference. Below are ten tackle box basics that will give you a good jumping-off point to your perfect tackle box. Keep these essentials close at hand and you’ll be well prepared for any fish you happen to hook.

Sinkers: The basics. Egg, Bank, Trolling, and Split-Shot.

Artificial Lures: The type of lure really depends on what kind of fish you are hunting. Recently there have been many developments in lures, such as scented lures, that aid in helping the fish think that a fake lure is really a tasty snack. Think about what fish are in your local waters, ask your local store, and purchase your artificial lures accordingly.

Popping Cork: A little extra help attracting those fish never hurt.

Clippers: Great for breaking worn-out lines.

Extra line: Having extra line of varying lengths can really make or break your day’s catch.

Hooks: They bend, they get lost, they get swallowed … having extra hooks is a must. Without them, your fishing cannot continue!

Pliers: Great for getting those bent hooks out.

Knife: For cutting lines, fish, sandwiches … a must have for any all-day adventure.

First Aid: Because who knows what can happen!

Fishing license: Important to have at hand when you finally land that big trophy. In Massachusetts, anyone over the age of 16 is required to have a permit for any recreational fishing, regardless of where or how you like to fish. Permits run $10, but if you are over 60 it’s free! Not from Massachusetts but love to fish here? If you are a native of New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, or Connecticut, your state’s permit will be valid in Massachusetts waters.

Before your next fishing excursion, tackle your tackle box. Don’t be unprepared for the advanture!