While few things feel as good as casting your line and catching a fish while out on the water, the time in between the catch can be less than entertaining. That is why there have been so many gadgets and gear aimed directly at making the rest of fishing as enjoyable as actually catching the fish. So whether you want to enhance your fishing trip, or you’re looking for a great gift for someone who loves to fish, look no further than this list of cool fishing gear you can use on your next fishing trip.
Delk Multi Tool
A multi tool is a fantastic thing to have out on the water and few are better than Delk’s model. With a fish hook remover, a fish scraper, a pair of scissors, serrated knife, an eighteen pound scale to weigh your catch and much more, the Delk multi tool is an all in one, pocket sized wonder with a lifetime warranty.
Crossbody Tackle Bag
While out on the water it is important to have all your gear easy to access and close by. So rather than having a separate tackle box that will take up storage space and be further away from you, opt for a crossbody tackle bag. This will have everything you need right on your body so there is no need to reach or strain to get your gear and you don’t need to worry about losing anything into the water. You can easily fit your lures, bait, fishing line, fishing hooks, hook cutters, pliers, spare line, a knife and your fish finder and GPS all in one easy space. There is also a place for your keys and phone and even some snacks if you so choose.
Outdoor Weather Indicator Watch
There is nothing worse than an unexpected change in weather forcing you to cancel your trip or end it early. With an outdoor weather indicator watch you will always have access to the weather conditions right in your pocket. It will also indicate the phases of the moon, the tide level, your risk of sunburn, and more. It also will adjust the display brightness to make it easy to ready in any environment and features a standard watch, alarm clock and stopwatch. The outdoor weather indicator watch does not have the standard band to go around your wrist, but instead a sturdy clip that will not fall off or break, no matter where you fasten it.
Paracord Survival Watch
If you are interested in combining a watch with survival features, look no further than a paracord survival watch. The watch itself has luminescent hands so you can easily read the display, and the black design reduces glare and reflections. The paracord is 54 inches long and will easily unravel when you need it, but stay in the intricate design that stays comfortable whether on your wrist as a bracelet or hanging from your clothing. You can also look at tutorials online on how to re-coil the paracord and include items like fish hooks, pins, and other small items you may need extra of right inside the paracord wrap while out on the water.
A gift perfect for not only the person fishing, but those who live with them, de-fishing soap is perfect for removing the remnants of the day out on the water. The de-fishing soap is designed to not only clean your hands, but also remove the fish smell from your hands. You can use it on your body, the knives and hooks you use, any of your equipment that smells a little too fishy, and even your pets.
Booms Fishing X1 Aluminum Fishing Pliers
Pliers are a must have for any fisherman so it is important to have a quality pair. The Booms fishing x1 aluminum fishing pliers are just that with an unsurpassable design and an affordable price. These pliers are corrosion resistant so you can use them in fresh or salt water and is available in multiple colors. The x1 pliers also have a lanyard with clip so you can connect them to your body and a protective cover so you keep them close by and protected so they don’t lose their durability.
Custom Leathercraft Wild River Lighted Backpack
Combining a standard backpack design with a tacklebox, the custom leathercraft wild river lighted backpack is the perfect mix for anyone why prefers carrying a backpack but wants the organization of a tacklebox. There are designated compartments that hold things like pliers to keep them within reach and a variety of smaller pockets for things like extra line, sunglasses, you phone and much more. There is also a large compartment that holds up to four trays that you can use to store your bait, lures, hooks and other things you would keep in a tacklebox. This backpack also includes a built in rain cover and LED light to make it easy to access your gear in any situation.
Electric Fish Scaler
Scaling your catch is a task that you may not enjoy, but need to do. But the electric fish scaler makes the process quick and efficient. Cordless, portable, and easy to use, the electric fish scaler is a must have for anyone bringing home their catch.
Be sure to check out the full review of fish scalers here: The Best Fish Scaler for Your Catch
ReelSonar Wireless Bluetooth Smart Fish Finder
Fish finders are a great way to efficiently catch the most fish by casting your line where the fish are. This not only keeps you from having to move around to different spots to try and find the fish, but prevent your from fishing in areas where you could risk getting caught on something. The ReelSonar wireless Bluetooth smart fish finder is a fantastic option to those who want to use a fish finder on long trips or in a wide variety of places. This is because this fish finder utilizes sonar at up to 135 feet, has an LED beacon, a ten hour battery life and of course, Bluetooth technology.
Waterproof Phone Case
It is difficult, if not impossible for people to go out without their phone, especially when going somewhere where you may need to contact someone for help. But if you are out on the water it is crucial that you not only have your phone, but have it protected as well. A waterproof phone case is a great solution to this because you can keep your phone close, keep it protected from the water, and use it when you need to without ruining it with wet hands.
Microfiber Bait Towel
As your fishing trip progresses you will inevitably need to change bait at least once. But as you handle the bait, whether it is worms, minnows, shrimp or anything else, your hands can get quite slippery. So it is important to have something that you can clean your hands off on. Otherwise your bait may not stay on the hook as it should, or you may drop something trying to negotiate your gear with slippery hands. A microfiber bait towel is the ideal method for cleaning off your hands while on a boat or standing out on the shore where you don’t have access to a sink because it will remove the slime and gunk thoroughly enough to use your hands. The microfiber will dry more quickly than regular towels like cotton or polyester as well.
HOOK-EZE Fishing Gear Knot Tying Tool
Improperly tied knots can cause you to lose your lures, which can be expensive depending on what models you go for, but your catch as well. So it is important to guarantee that your knots are not only done properly, but able to withstand the pulling and flopping of a fish as you reel it in. The HOOK-EZE fishing gear knot tying tool takes the stress and hassle out of tying knots and will give you an expert knot without having to ever worry about losing a fish.
Ball Cap Headlamp
Whether you want to get an early start to get out on the water, or you want to stay out later and refuse to call it a day as the sun starts to go down, having a light to help you see is key. But holding a flashlight isn’t exactly conducive to successful fishing. This is where a headlamp becomes increasingly helpful. It allows you to shine light exactly where you’re looking and keep both hands free to be used to focus on fishing. This specific model clips straight onto the rim of your hat which means you won’t have to wear anything clunky or heavy and can stay out fishing as long as you want regardless of how much light is in the sky.
The Ultimate Fishing Chair
Whether you are fishing on a large boat or just off the shore, it is important to have a place to sit when you are going to be out for hours at a time. But not just any door will do. The Ultimate Fishing Chair is just such a chair. Whether you want to fish while sitting, or just want to lounge back and take a break, the Ultimate Fishing Chair comes with a holder for your fishing hole, storage pouches for miscellaneous items, and two drink holders, plus plenty of padding. It also easily folds up so you can easily transport it where you want and store it when you aren’t fishing without it taking up too much space.
Electronic Fish Scale
In many places there is a size and weight requirement for the fish you catch. If you break this rule there can be stiff fines and other punishments for not complying. So rather than risk these consequences once you get back to shore, it is best to weigh and measure the fish as soon as you catch them. This way you can quickly release fish that are too small to prevent any unnecessary issues. Having a small, portable electronic fish scale takes the guesswork out of sizing the fish you catch and it can weigh fish up to 110 pounds.
Waterproof Gear Bag
While tackle bags and boxes are great for smaller items, a gear bag covers the rest of your gear to keep them safe and dry. Easily fit your rod, reel, extra tackle items, and many other things into one convenient bag to transport and access and feel comfortable doing so with padded shoulder straps for easy carrying.
Fishing Knife Set
A good knife is always a must have for fishing, both to deal with the actual fish and the act of catching them. Whether you are cleaning your catch, cutting your line, or just need a sharp object, a good quality set of fishing knives is a must have for any avid fisherman.
Heavy Duty Gloves
Gloves serve a purpose well beyond just keeping your hands warm and dry. Dealing with sharp objects and unpredictable wildlife, gloves offer you protection for your hands and prevent injuries. You should strive for gloves that are made of sturdy, waterproof material like Kevlar and neoprene, and good grip to hold onto your pole, hooks and line.
Fish Lip Grabber
A fish lip grabber, while not the most important piece of equipment, is a great addition to your repertoire if you are looking to show off your fish for pictures. The fish lip grabber holds the fish, well, by the lip, and allows you to hold it up easily and take photos without dropping the fish and losing your catch.
Just like you wouldn’t risk hurting your back while moving heavy furniture, you also need to protect your back while fishing. Because you can’t simply apply the “lift with your knees” method when fishing, you need to find alternate ways to prevent injury. So whether you are fishing for deep sea monsters, or just want to protect your back and provide additional support, the Sportfishing belt will keep you going without issues no matter how big your catch is.
Children’s Fishing Kit
For anyone who loves fishing, the idea of sharing that passion with their children can be a fantastic thing to aspire to. So getting a fishing kit specifically designed for children can help teach them how to handle the equipment safely and allow you a great opportunity to bond with your kids.
Live Bait Cooler
If you want to use life bait while you fish you need to make sure they stay alive during your fishing trip. So it is important to transport that bait in a container that will prevent them from dying, spoiling or spilling.
Trolling Bait Bucket
If you don’t have space for a live bait cooler you can opt for a trolling bait bucket instead. This keeps your live bait in the water to prevent spoiling or dying by storing them in a container that hangs off the side of the boat and into the water.
Basic Lure Set
Lures are a great alternative to live bait because it is reusable and cost effective. But lures can be very pricey depending on the models you choose. So if you want to use lures it can be very cost effective to buy them in sets and get a wider variety of options to use while fishing.
500 Piece Freshwater Hook Set
With sizes ranging from number three to number 12, this set of 500 freshwater hooks will prevent you from getting stuck without a hook, or the wrong size hook, if you lose yours while out on the water. At an incredibly affordable price, this will keep you from running out of hooks any time soon, no matter how many times you need to cut your line.
Fly Fishing Assortment Set
Similar to the lures you use while fishing, you can buy an assortment of fly fishing lures to get a wide variety of flies to use as you fish. This is much more cost effective and gives you a great beginners fly fishing set or a set of replacements.
Heavy Duty Hook Set
Not every hook is able to withstand the weight or power of the fish you are trying to catch. This is why it is important to have a few heavy duty hooks in your tacklebox to guarantee you won’t lose your catch because your hook breaks.
What’s Your Favorite Gear?
There are many different tools and gear available today to help avid fishermen but each has its own nuances when it comes to their tools. Mine is a vest that has multi pockets that are waterproof. Be sure to let us know what your favorite gadget or cool fishing gear you get the most out of in the comments section below.