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12 Fishing Essentials for Every Angler | BoatUS

Hey there, folks! Lenny Rudow here for BoatUS Magazine. You know. it doesn’t matter if you like to troll for walleye in Wisconsin or chum for stripers on the Chesapeake, no matter what kind of angler you are there’s some basic fishing gear that everybody needs. Well, let’s start with the basics first. Obviously every angler needs a rod and reel. But along with that, another very basic item is your 5 gallon bucket. You can use it for a seat. You can use it to hold you bait. Heck you can use it to hold all your other fishing gear, including a ruler. Got to have a ruler right? Otherwise, how do you know if your fish are big enough to keep? Another item every angler should have is sunscreen. Yes, people. You have got to protect against the sun in this day and age, especially if you’re going to be out all day fishing. Now, I really like to carry backup handhelds to my electronics. If you’re going to be out on a boat and fishing all day long, it’s really important to be able to tell where you are and call for help in case of emergency. What else we got in here? Let’s see. How about a pair of binoculars? These little guys will help me find fish when I see working birds in the distance. Heck, I can use them to spy on other anglers if I want to know if they’re catching anything. Very handy for a fisherman. Now, here’s one that’s a little specialized. These are split ring pliers. See that little knobby on the end? We need this so that we can change out the hooks on lures which are attached with split rings. Another little tool I have here is a multi-tool. Now this has all the different little doodads, screwdrivers, knives, all that stuff, and I like to always keep one of these around for reel repairs or gear repairs that I need to do on the spot. Here we have a pair of fish lip grippers. These come in really handy, especially when you’re fishing for a toothy fish. You can just insert the jaws of this into the jaws of the fish, clamp them down tight, and then you can hold on to that fish really easily. Now I consider these little snippers and absolute must and the reason is especially if you fish with braid It can be really tough to cut fishing line. Make sure you don’t fake it and try and bite through fishing line, because in the long run that will really hurt your teeth. And of course, you’ve got to have a pair of long nose pliers so you can pull the hooks out of the fish’s mouth. One final item on my boat It’s attached, but you might not have it, is a cooler. You’ve got to have a cooler to keep your catch, right? Of course if you want to get the fish from in the water to into your boat, you’ll also need a landing net. Hmmm. I don’t think that’s quite big enough for the fish I catch. Wait a minute, let me see what else I got in here. Ah! Now we’re talking. That’s what I call landing net people! And of course one final item you don’t want to forget is those sunglasses. You need them not only to protect your eyes but also because the sunglasses help cut the glare and actually let you see through the water a little bit better. Well, folks, I hope you found this video helpful. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and don’t forget to click on the subscribe button below so you don’t miss any future BoatUS Magazine videos.


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