Here’s what you need for a day of fishing
Summer means time on the beach and water. So, why not fish? If you’ve never fished before, then you’ll need to get a few things together. If you’re a pro, we have a line on some serious gear.
Smitty’s Bait House
Dana Gregory and Brenda Nelson of Smitty’s Bait House in Galveston have a few ideas about what you need in a basic tackle box:
1. Pliers or a Hookout — to remove hooks from a fish’s mouth (or lip or gill — it happens)
2. A bait knife
7. Poly stringer — anglers use it to string fish to keep them alive and submerged in water.
8. Extra fishing line
9. Lures — if you’re not using live or dead bait
10. A can of WD-40 — in case you need it for your reel
11. Bug spray
12. A can of meat tenderizer to soothe jellyfish stings
15. Sunglasses — with a floating holder, Nelson added.
“And don’t forget a tide chart,” Gregory said.
Chris Gonzales of Serious Tackle in La Marque caters to clients who are serious anglers. Gonzales repairs reels in his La Marque shop. He also creates custom wraps, which start at about $350.
Penn International 50VSW 2-speed reel, $699.99
Built for hardcore offshore anglers, this indestructible aluminum reel has the strength and power to handle big, angry fish.
MirrOlure 51MR, Color 750, $8.99
This lure has been producing trophy fish for decades. Its life-like appearance, built-in flash and 3-D fiery red eyes are irresistible to all game fish. The line attachment is in the lure’s nose, so it’s great for wade fishing.
Custom rod, various prices
For those anglers who are truly passionate about the sport and want only the best quality and performance, a custom rod may be for you. A custom rod can be embellished with decorative wraps and distinctive handle and grip additions to make it uniquely your own.