There are hundreds of lures and techniques that can be used to catch fish. But when fishing from the shoreyou can't take them all.Unless you want to lug around 50 pounds of gear across the water, you're going to have to make an effort. You need to focus on lures and rigs that are flexible to cover many situations and only carry one or two types of your favorite lures.
This article will show you how to pack everything you need in one tackle box or bag because you won't want to take anything else with you. This includes secondary storage to go in your box and I'll give examples of what's in my tackle box.You should fill with your own favorite baits,but you can use mine as a good basis for the types of lures to include. Please note that I am primarily a bass angler and will therefore focus on these baits. But you can vary yours for each type of fish you are looking for!
Tackle Box vs. Rucksack
The first thing I'm going to recommend before I tell you what to pack in your tackle box is to trade the box for a backpack. Tackle boxes are great for storing bait at home or on a boat. But if you're fishing offshore, it's a lot easier to throw on a pack and not have to carry anything extra on your hands.
And where do you put a tackle box?When you're sitting on the shore of a lake, there aren't always good spots to sit on a tackle box. You forget where you are sitting and kick against it. If you're really unlucky, you can slide off the shore into the water. You have to pick it up and put it down every time you move. Or simply throw on a backpack and your bait is always with you.
There are many backpack options in different price ranges, and most even have dedicated pockets for cameras, pliers, water bottles, and other necessities. So if you have the ability, spend some money on a backpack and you'll save yourself a lot of heartache later. My recommendation for a backpack isthis Plano Series A backpack– which is slightly smaller than the one you see in these photos. Because to be honest, that big back hurts me and I don't use all the space it offers.
As you will see in the photos I use a backpack. But the tips and guidelines will help you no matter what type of device storage you have. Just know where I keep tackle bags because they easily fit in a backpack. You may need to use hard containers or whatever fits in your tackle box. Another good reason for backpacks: You can stow soft plastic in bags instead of sorting it into hard-shell suitcases. And soft plastics are always best kept in their original packaging.
Confine all your hard baits to one large tool box
I only carry two large tool boxes in my bank fishing tackle bag and one of them contains all the hard baits I will be using for bank fishing. so firstFind the largest tool chest that fits in your tackle box or bag– in most cases this comes with the purchase.
Mine has 12 compartments total so I know I'm limited to 24 hard baits, 2 per compartment. You can do more or less depending on your size, but this is a good base.Make sure you haven't overloaded the compartments and tangled hooks– I made this mistake and it causes damage and frustration when pulling out the baits. Also, 24 hard baits are more than enough for school fishing.
The key is to make sure you have hard bait for every opportunity. I divide my utility box into thirds:one third for shallow water, one third for shallow water (shallow water up to 4 feet), one third for deeper water.In these sections you then want all the sizes and actions you need. So your topwater should have a pop-up style lure: big for bass / small for panfish. Then you also have a large running lure and a smaller wiggling lure. Make sure everything is varied and that you don't have two lures that require the same situation to use.
Then think like this for each section. Have wide crankbaits that wobble and small ones that wobble. I put a chatterbait and a floater in my hardbait box along with a few crankbaits with rattles, some of which are silent. I also keep one panfish colored crankbait, one shad colored and one crayfish colored.The key is that all options are available to you.And so that each has a purpose, without duplicates.
Below are all the hard baits I keep in my bank tackle box. You will see that I have some multiples in the baits that I use a lot, butI don't keep two baits that serve exactly the same purpose.Everything must serve a specific situation. Think of the water depth, the colour, the action and the size. When it's 50 degrees, windy and the water is cloudy, I use the "x" bait.
My recommendation for a toolbox isthe flat edge utility box. That's not what I have either. It's just a better option that I'm saving to buy for myself.
A utility box for terminal tackle
The second large utensil box is for all your end devices. That may sound simple at first. But start thinking about each hook size and weight you need for each technique and you'll probably figure it out before long.it's a lot more than you think.
Most manufacturers make utility storage boxes with smaller compartments intended for terminal rigging:I can highly recommend the purchase.Terminal tackle comes in different sizes, so it helps to have multiple compartments with a smaller size for smaller weights and hooks.
We also split this box:⅓ free hooks, ⅓ weights and the rest jig heads or other finishing equipment needed.That sounds like a lot of hooks - but you need a lot of different sizes. Perch themselves require large hooks for long worms or short hooks for drop shotting. Then panfish and crappie need small hooks, you need big octopus hooks for catfish fishing. You see this slightly starting to take in ⅓.
The weights are a bit simpler: I always keep two main sizes.⅛ for lighter applications and ¼ for heavier applications.I also keep ½ ounce egg sinker in case you want to fish for catfish or bottom fish for other larger species that live in deep water. After that, I try to keep a few ball sinkers, egg sinkers, and throwing weights (which can be used for a lot of things other than throws).
The last ⅓ can be a bit more customizable for the types of jig heads and end rigs you like to use. Shakyheads, Football Jigheads, Swinging Heads and NED Heads are all in mine because I love wearing them. But if you like swimbaits, you should have jigs or underspins for swimbaits. If you use larvae, insert ball heads.Remember, you only use what you need.When I want to cast a grub I usually just switch to a floating jig (on my hard bait box) or use a ball weight with an offset hook. So I don't waste space in my box for ball heads or dart jigs.
Also consider other things you may need, such as: B. Snaps and swivels, they should also have compartments. I often use Carolina stops and Bobber stops so find them on me. However, if you use the rotating parts a lot, they should be with you.
Below is another picture of everything I have in my terminal's tackle box now. They change sometimes when I try a new technique or find I'm not using an old one, but generallyit has stayed the same for years.I'm more geared towards bass fishing but have found it works for whatever species I want to target.
A bag/box for worm/creature bait
Now that we figured out rigid boxes, let's talk about soft plastic storage. Whether you're a perch angler or targeting other freshwater fish, you need soft plastics. I keep my soft plastics in two bags, one for worm/creature bait and one for everything else.it isIt's the best soft plastic bag you can buy.
Depending on how big your bag is or how much you can fit in your box, you'll likely find that around 20 is your max capacity. So how do you reduce the hundreds of different plastic worms and creatures to 20? Much like we did with the hard plastics.
Worm Bait vs. Creature Bait
The first good breakdown is getting about half worms and half creature bait on their soft plastics. If you prefer one over the other, you certainly lean that way, but starting with a 50/50 split is good.
Worms come in a surprising variety of styles and sizes. From 10 inches to 4 inches, with paddle tails, straight tails, ribbon tails it goes on.
We'll discuss more in the Color section, but youYou want multiples of each color for the worms' style, at least 3.That means you get about 3 types or sizes of worms, not really many. So think about the techniques you will use and any you may need. Unless you're fishing deeper for big bass, you might not need the big 10 inch tapetail worms. Or if you don't like skinny fishing styles like ned rigs or stickbaits, don't even include them.
If you don't know or don't have enough experience, I suggest you get some fine style worms as accessoriesCheater-Wurm, a stickbait style like aSenko, and a worm with more action like apaddle cola or tape cola. They all work in a variety of situations and provide a good foundation to build on as you find the types that you like and that work well for you.
While all worm style baits mimic a worm and share the same basic shape, you will find that critter baits come in a variety of different guises. Beaver Styles, Harvest Styles and Lizards to name a few.
Again, you have about 3 to choose from since you want different colors. So try to focus on having 3 different types of creatures that you like or match your water. A trailing style is probably required here, and you may decide that you want all three to be some sort of trailing style, just different sizes with different actions.
If you are starting and have no experience,I recommend a smaller crab bait, a larger one, and then choosing a third type of critter from your local selection.This gives you flexibility in the size of the crab baits that are typically the most commonly used, but also gives you the option to choose something else if worms and crabs don't work in your lakes. I am very happy to includebaby brush pigsfor my other creature style lures and find that they work when other lures don't work.
You should think about the color as this is usually one of the first considerations when choosing a soft plastic. Zoom makes about 10 different color variations of pumpkin green, and unfortunately you won't be able to have them all. But overall, unless you catch them with green pumpkin candies, switching to purple green pumpkin flakes isn't going to save your day.
So again -Focus on only having one color from each color family.Have a natural color or two for lighter situations like a green pumpkin or watermelon. One with flakes and one without is my preferred method. Then choose a dark color for the muddy water, like a bug or black/blue scale. Then a light color for super clear water or if you want to change it on fish like white or rubber.
Then expand this to include every type of lure we discussed above. If you want to experiment more, try mixing your color with each type of lure. For example, get a Green Pumpkin Trickworm, Watermelon Crab Bait, and Motor Oil Bait. If you find that one of the colors works well for you, you can always switch your future soft plastics to that color. That's how I landed on Watermelon Red Flakes as my favorite soft plastic color. I bought a baby brush in the color and was so successful that I started buyingatdarin.
One bag/box for all other soft plastics
With your worms and critters kit, you have another bag or box to hold other soft plastics that you may need. This includes swimbaits, leeches, maggots, frogs or trailers.
Because there are so many options for other soft plasticsYou probably don't have all the color options here that you do with worms and crabs. But generally speaking, swimbaits and the like don't require that many color combinations, so having more styles and fewer color options here works well.
Also, there are probably some types of soft plastic that you just won't use because you don't have the terminal rig or don't want to use it. I hardly ever use maggots so I just don't put them in my other soft plastic storage. Instead, I have multicolored fins because I use them a lot more when I'm at school. I haven't had frog hooks for a long time, so I've never kept soft plastic frogs.
For a beginnerI would recommend focusing more on thatFood,swim bait, jChancestyle bait.These are great for a variety of different fish and can be fished in many different situations. Focus on bright colors that mimic baitfish like white and silver, and also keep some natural colors like pumpkin green.
Possible differences you might have
You will see that my bag of worms/creatures is much larger than my "other" bag. That's because I believe these techniques are most successful in school. But you might be different, so adapt accordingly based on what is successful and what you want to launch.Fishing is a personal choiceand if you don't like fishing with worms, then don't buy a bundle. Buy swimbaits of different sizes, types and colors and focus on that. Just remember to keep your tackle the same so you have everything you need to fish your chosen style.Don't have multiple size worm hooks if you only have one type of worm.
The soft plastic examples that I included in my box are also based on bass fishing but can be mimicked with any type of fish. Crappie-type baits can be divided into worms, larvae, and other types of small creatures. Or if you're fishing for walleye, focus on multiple types of simulated soft plastic baits and limit your worms.
The important part isMake sure you don't have double baits and cover any bases you might need.A color for every water clarity. Multiple types of imitations that can work in different situations. Big baits when you want to catch big fish, small ones when fishing is difficult and you need finesse. This mindset is the most important thing to keep in mind to set up an effective tackle box for bank fishing.
Various items in one tackle box
That makes up the bulk of your tackle bag and what you'll be fishing with it, but here are some additional items you might want to toss in various bags or pouches that your bag or tackle box might have.
The most important thing to keep is probably a good pairneedle nose pliersThey also have an avant-garde. These are useful for bending hooks as needed, removing hooks from fish, cutting line after retying, and more. They essentially fit into any tackle box or bag when fishing the bank. You will see below that I currently have surgical scissors that will do the job.
When I first started fishing, I didn't have a scale with me when fishing from the bank. Then one day (what I thought at the time) I caught a giant bass. I took pictures but oh if I had a scale to know how much I weighed.
Fortunately, this experience taught me to carryA scaleat all times and later when I caught larger fish I had it to prove to myself and others of actual size. There's nothing worse than catching the fish of your life and not knowing how much it weighs. When buying a digital scale, also think about spare batteries.Maybe the only thing worse than not having a scale is having a scale that doesn't work...
Fish smell and are covered with a layer of mucus that protects them and helps them swim in the water. You really don't want it in your hands and then on your rod when you start fishing again. In addition, when catching a catfish it is important to have something to protect you from its bite. A rag will serve many purposes and is always a useful tool. When my wife is done with the kitchen towels, they go straight into my tackle bag.
In addition to your soft plastics, you'll probably want some more "natural" baits like live worms, stink baits, corn, bread, and the variety of things that can be used to catch school fish, depending on what you're looking for.Make sure you have pockets in your tackle box or bag that will securely fit these thingsSo you don't carry live or natural baits when they could fit in your bag. Just keep in mind that some things, like night owls, keep better in a cooler, so you might want to keep them in a cooler in your car before packing them in a bag.
One last thing you might want to take away are scents, dyes, and other attractants.Be VERY careful with these. You might notice a yellow-green page in my tackle bag. It smelled like garlic for months no matter how I washed it. You don't want them to spill, so make sure they're closed and don't store them in places where temperatures can fluctuate wildly, causing spills.
Hopefully you now have a good idea of how to organize your fishing gear on the bank so you have everything you need when you arrive at your home lake. Again, remember that you want to limit everything or it will become too heavy to be useful. But you also want to keep everything you need for a situation. I believe that following the presented guide and using my bag as inspiration will lead you to great success.
If you have dissenting opinions or things to consider in your bank fish box, please let me know below!