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Fishing Checklist

Do you have a fishing trip coming up in the near future? Here’s a fishing checklist that can help organise your fishing trip. It’s designed to cover everything you might need whether you’re going out for just the day or planning a longer trip. As always if there’s anything missing from the checklist below, please let me know.

Fishing Equipment

  • Fishing licence.
  • Fishing poles. Make sure you know the legal limit on how many poles you can use.
  • Rods/reels.
  • Tackle box with these items:
    • Bobbers.
    • Extra fishing line.
    • Fish stringer.
    • Hooks.
    • Jigs.
    • Leaders.
    • Lures.
    • Power bait.
    • Sinkers and weights.
  • Live bait (if using minnows consider an air aerator, keep all live bait out of direct sunlight).
  • Line clippers.
  • Needle nose pliers.
  • Towels (for drying hands after catching fish).
  • Cooler containing bait (keep livebait cool and dry, and keep minnows cool and wet).
  • Extra spool of line.
  • Measuring tape.
  • Castnet or seine if you plan to gather bait.
  • Mouth spreader if you’re fishing for species with teeth.
  • Weight scale.

General Equipment

  • First-aid kit.
  • Camera (don’t use your smartphone in case it falls into the water!)
  • Portable GPS unit.
  • Compass.
  • Map of the area you plan to fish in.
  • Meals and snacks.
  • Insect repellant.
  • Flashlight or headlamp.
  • Landing net.
  • Cooler containing beverages.
  • Water bottles (filled of course!)
  • Knife or multitool.
  • Lighter or matches in waterproof case.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Small bottle of hand sanitiser.
  • Hand warmers.
  • Plastic bags.
  • 25 feet of small-diameter rope.
  • Seat, bucket, or cushion.


  • Foul-weather waterproof bag containing:
    • rain suit
    • knit hat
    • gloves
    • dry socks
  • Long underwear.
  • Long sleeved shirt (SPF fabric).
  • Short sleeved shirt (SPF fabric).
  • Convertible trousers (ideally with zippered legs, turning them into instant shorts).
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Socks.
  • Waterproof boots.
  • Waders or hip boots.
  • Baseball cap.
  • Polarised sunglasses.
  • Thermos gloves.
  • Deck shoes.
  • Life jacket.

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One comment

  1. I love your very comprehensive checklist about what items to bring into a fishing trip, including a fishing license, fishing poles, first-aid kit, and a compass. As I agree that one should ask how many poles is one allowed to bring to a trip, one can find this out with the local fishing gear shop. Doing this will not only assure one of an uninterrupted fishing day but also keep one safe while on the water as well.

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