With all of the fishing opportunities available in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia in salt and freshwater, tackle bags are frequently used. The day of bringing massive amounts of gear is a thing of the past. Today, small boxes and bags are all that’s needed. Even a compact bag will hold five essential items for every fisherman. 

Pliers

Fishing pliers top the list because they can be resourceful for more than just pulling hooks out of a fish’s mouth. While a pair of needle-nose pliers will work, consider a multi-tool instead because of the following reasons. 

Many multi-tools are equipped with the following

Knife

Saw

File

Screwdrivers

Ruler

Bottle Opener

The tool easily fits on a belt or can be stored in a tackle box. Always have it handy when you need to reach for it to cut a snagged line, sharpen a hook, open a cold beer, or, most importantly, remove a hook from the mouth of a fish. 

Sunscreen

For many, the sunscreen has been left behind far too many times. Whether the sunscreen bottle was left back home, in the truck, or anywhere else, that won’t help when you need it.

The pain and skin damage attributed by the sun is easily avoidable. Protect your skin with a high SPF rated sunscreen that is water-resistant.

Make sure to pack a small travel size sunscreen in the tackle box or tackle bag to make sure that it comes along with you for each and every trip. Drop it in one of the side pockets, so it’s out of the way the more frequently needed items.

Measuring Tape

A measuring tape is a must-have if you plan to take fish home for dinner. Following the fishing regulations of Georgia, South Carolina, and Georgia is essential to avoid high dollar fines. 

Bring along a fold-out ruler or measuring tape to determine the length of each fish you catch on a trip. Either pack the freshwater or saltwater regulations chart or pull up the size and bag limits on your phone. 

If you’re not into keeping fish for dinner, a measuring device can be equally important. You may just catch a personal best and want to tell all your friends and family about the big catch of the day. 

Fishing Towel

When it comes time to handle a fish or after baiting a hook, a towel will quickly clean your hand or prevent you from having to touch either of the two. 

As the fish is reeled in, have the towel in close proximity to hold in your hand and wrap around the fish. The slime on the outside of a fish can cause it to slide out of your grip while trying to remove the hook. 

You may want to dip the rag in the water after each fish to clean away any slime or scales. This way, the next time you use it, you won’t grab a dirty side of the towel. Throw the towel away or clean it in a washing machine each time you return but remember to replace it. 

Fishing Tackle for a Fishing Bag

Much like the name tackle bag or tackle box, it can hold many things in addition to just tackle. Depending on the type of fishing you engage in, a few different bags can be used to store tackle for catching other fish varieties.

When it comes to picking out a tackle box, smaller may be better. No need to lug around a big tackle bag that’s filled with things you don’t need.  Have one box with gear that is used for the species you are targeting that day. 

The fishing bag should be filled with hooks, weights, floats, lures, leader lines, and you may even want to store a valid fishing license within. 

Conclusion The best fishing supplies to store in a tackle bag

Have each of these items will make your day far more simple. These are all items that will most often be used on every single fishing trip. No matter if you’re fishing saltwater or freshwater in the ocean, creek, river, lake, pond, or marsh, all of these items will come in handy. Each time you pull that tackle box off the shelf, you will know that the essentials are within and ready to go.