Fishing Supplies Checklist-Tackle You Don’t Want to Forget

When packing your fishing supplies for a bass fishing trip to Florida, there are a few specialty items that are a must. You might want to use this as your checklist for gathering up your fishing equipment before heading out.

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Fishing Poles:

  • Flippin’ Stick
  • Spinnerbait Rod
  • Crankin’ Stick
  • Worm Rod

Fishing Reels:
  • Baitcast Reel w/clicker
  • Baitcast Reel all-purpose
  • Baitcast Reel slow retrieve
  • Spinning Reel med. freshwater (optional)

Once you’ve decided on the rod and reel combos, you’ll need to add these must have terminal tackle items to your fishing supplies list.

Fishing Line:

  • Braided Line 50 to 60 pound test
  • Monofilament Fishing Line 12 pound, 14 pound and 30 pound

Fishing Hooks:
  • Kahle Hook w/ weedguard 2/0 to 5/0
  • Kahle Hook w/o weedguard 2/0 to 5/0
  • Wide Gap Hook w/ offset shank 3/0 to 4/0
  • Worm Hook wide w/ offset shank 2/0 to 4/0
  • Worm Hook straight shank 2/0 to 4/0
  • Circle Hook 3/0 to 5/0

If you plan on fishing strictly with live bait for trophy sized bass, focus on the heavy tackle in your fishing supplies checklist. This includes a flippin’ stick rigged with a baitcast reel that incorporates a line out alarm or more commonly referred to as a clicker. Spool the reel with 50 to 60 pound braided line. Also bring some 30 pound clear or green monofilament line to use as leader material. Add in some strong hooks both with and without weedguards. The hook of choice among guides is the Kahle style hooks. These hooks have become so popular for shiner fishing that Gamakatsu just calls theirs “Shiner Hooks”.

Later in this site I go deeper into detail on each piece of equipment. We’ll cover subjects like weedless vs. no weedguard, when, where and why. In the knot section we’ll show how to attach the monofilament leader to the braided line. “What the heck is a line out alarm” and why it’s more than just a strike signal?

In the lists above we’re just hitting the high points on what to include on your fishing supplies checklist. You’re going to have your favorites you’ll want to experiment with and those confident baits that you feel comfortable with. What we’re trying to do is whittle the list down to what are proven methods the guides use and works best for them in Florida. Couple that with the fishing supplies they use to help their customers boat trophy fish, day in and day out. These are the essentials to help you in preparing for a successful Florida trophy hunt.

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