Fishing checklist

You can be a novice or expert in catching fish. You can choose different methods for fishing. And you may want to catch different types of fish, such as and carp, sea bass. Everyone’s choice may be different… but that never changes: catching fish is fun for everyone! Of course, it will be more fun to go home with at least a few fish after much occupation. And for this, you should not forget the necessary materials while going fishing. And you should use the fishing checklist to not forget them.


If you set the checklist in advance, your preparation for fishing will be easier and faster. And you don’t forget the necessary materials. In this way, you don’t have any problems and you continue to be happy while fishing.


You can set a fishing essentials checklist by reading this article. For example, to catch fish, if you don’t have hooks, baits, extra fishing line, you may have a problem, right? Or it will be better to have other things like raincoat, first aid kit, foods for you.


Now, let’s talk about the materials you need for fishing and for being more comfortable. And let’s determine the fishing checklist.


Fishing checklist: Essentials


We will also share the materials in the second plan in the continuation of the article. In other words, we will also talk about things like measuring tape, raincoat, foods, drinks for you to be more comfortable. But some materials are much more important to catch fish. So let’s identify them first.


Don’t forget to take the equipments in this title to fish. See materials written here as a guide. And prepare the fishing essentials checklist accordingly.


1 – Fishing rod


Fishing rod is one of the most important parts for catching fish. It is already clear that catching fish without this material will be very difficult. So don’t forget this part when going fishing. And for this, write it the first place on the fishing checklist.


If you don’t have a fishing rod, be careful when buying it. Do the right research and get the best one for you (beginner or expert – cheap or expensive – etc). Most importantly, determine the appropriate rod according to where you will catch fish.


2 – Fishing line


This equipment is very important for sending baits and hooks to places we cannot reach. So write the fishing line in the second row of your checklist. And don’t forget this piece when going fishing.


And when choosing line, pay attention to the line selection according to the place where you will fish. Will you fish in a lake or boat? Or you will catch small fish or catch both large and agile fish? These criterias are very important for line selection.


3 – Fishing reel


The other essential piece after fishing rod and fishing line is fishing reel. Write it on the fishing checklist already and don’t forget this material when going fishing. Because if you use rod and line, you should NOT forget it. You take others in vain hope.


The fishing reel must be appropriate according to other materials you use. Pay attention to this issue when taking this material.


4 – Fishing tackle


Another necessary material for fishing is fishing tackle. We also need little pieces to catch fish. These are pieces, such as hook, sinker, swivel. It is not easy to keep these small items with us separately.


Keep them in a box to make this easier. And write it on your checklist not to forget when you go fishing. Also choose the right pieces according to the fish you want to catch.


We recommend you to read the part “Fishing tackle box checklist” below to prepare the fishing tackle content.


5 – Baits / Lures / Plastic worms


Let’s assume that you go fishing with rod, reel, line and hooks. To catch the fish, you must first fool it. And you need bait for this. So write the baits on your fishing checklist and don’t forget them when going fishing.


You can use live or fake baits. When using fake baits, you should pay attention to their size. Factors such as these are very important for the fish you want to catch.


Also it is prohibited to use live bait in some areas. So you need to use fishing lures or plastic worms there. You can also get the benefits because they are easy to find and use.


6 – Cooler box


Let’s assume that you go to carp hunting. You are lucky and catch a few big carp in the morning. You want to eat them freshly at home in the evening, right? A cooler box would be good for this. In this way, you can eat the fish you catch fresh with your family at dinner.


Fishing checklist: Materials


Catching fish isn’t an easy task. Especially if you aren’t an expert, it may seem a little more difficult to you. But if you are fully equipped for fishing, this will give you great convenience. So determining the fishing checklist becomes very important for you.


Now let’s see all the necessary materials one by one to catch fish easier and more comfortable.


Fishing equipment checklist


To determine the fishing equipment checklist, those equipments I have mentioned previously are indispensable:


1) Fishing rod for catching fish and controlling the line easily and comfortably 2) Long fishing line to throw the hook away 3) Fishing reel to rewind the line we throw 4) Baits to fool and catch fish 5) cooler box to consume the fish we catch freshly 6) And another equipment is fishing tackle that I have mentioned previously.


It is better to prepare a tackle box for easy checking small parts. We will tell it in a separate heading below because it is a bit more complicated to prepare for this.


Another point you should be careful is live baits. You should use live bait to catch fish, such as carp and sea bass. Live baits like small fish, insects make your work easier.


Extra for fishing equipment checklist


Another material for catching fish is fishing net. It is also a good idea for fishing. Remember this piece if you will go where you can use a net. This material has different sizes, different types and methods of use.


We recommend you to choose rubber or silicon net for fishing net. Write it on the fishing checklist and don’t forget to take. By the way, if you fish in different countries, pay attention to the laws for fishing with net.


Another equipment you should not forget when going to fish is pliers or pliers with nippers. This piece should be with you. Because you will need this piece for many different things. The selection of pliers may vary depending on the place you will go. Also multi tool that can be used more easily will be useful.


Fishing tackle box checklist


You need some small parts to catch fish. These parts, such as hooks, bobbers, jigs are important elements for catching fish. In other words, they are small but they have great importance for fishing. Forgetting these parts at home while going to fishing may be the reason of getting a very big problem while catching fish.


Of course, in order not to forget these small pieces, you need to keep them in the same place. And a tackle box is of great importance for this. Write it on the fishing checklist to avoid going fishing with the missing piece. And keep the tackle box fully ready.


Well, which parts should you set for the fishing tackle box checklist? Let’s talk about this issue now. To prepare the tackle box, you should use the following parts:



You need a few hooks when fishing. Because one of the most important materials for catching fish is the hook. There are different types of hooks, such as J-hook, French hook. You should choose the right hook type according to the type of fish you will catch.


That is, if you will catch small fish or larger fish such as carp, you should determine the hook accordingly. You should get information to know the right type. At least you can get information from where you will buy hook.


When preparing a tackle box, don’t forget to put hooks. Also we recommend that you put extra hooks on the fishing checklist just in case.


Extra fishing line


When catching fish, there is a possibility of having some problems for each piece. And one of these parts is the fishing line. For example, when catching fish, you may need to cut the line in some situations such as line is attached to rocks. So you should have an extra fishing line with you to continue catching fish.


When preparing a tackle box, you should not forget to add an extra line in it. By the way, there are different line types. According to the fish you hunt, you should use a line such as monofilament, fluorocarbon. You should also have an extra of the line type you use.


Sinkers / Weights


If the fish you are chasing is at the bottom, you should lower the bait and the hook. For this you should use sinker. So it must be in the tackle box. It is made of lead, brass, steel, etc.


You can also use different weights to sink the hook. But don’t forget to add the sinker to your fishing checklist and tackle box in order to be efficient. It is enough to have several sinkers in the tackle box.


Bobbers / Floaters


These pieces are also very important for fishing. The hook location may change due to the current, especially in rivers. If you use bobbers or floaters, you can easily learn where the hook is. When fish bite the bait, you can also see this.


These pieces are useful for catching fish. When you prepare a tackle box, don’t forget to put them in order not to miss these benefits. It is enough to have several bobbers or floaters in the tackle box.


Knife / Pocket knife / Nail clippers


In addition to pliers or multi tool, don’t forget to put knife, a small pocket knife and a pair of nail clippers in your tackle box. They all have different functions.


Use these pieces to more easily perform different operations such as cutting the line, taking the hook out of the fish’s mouth, realigning the hooks when catching fish.


Also if you want to eat the fish right after you catch it, you should have the right knife with you. Cleaning the fish isn’t an easy task. A fillet knife is the best for this. Add them to the fishing checklist and tackle box, not to forget these parts when going fishing.




There are also other pieces like these to catch fish easily. And if you have these pieces in the tackle box, it makes easy your work.


You can use swivels to keep the line from getting twisted. Also thanks to it, you can keep the sinker a fixed distance above the bait.


Thanks to the jigs, you can lift and lower the bait in the water. Thus you can encourage the fish to strike.


You can use a fish stringer to hold all the fish you catch. Also if you want the fish to live and stay fresh, it works.


Also you can use leaders, spoons, flies and power bait to catch fish more effectively. Let’s continue with other materials for an accurate fishing checklist.


Other necessary materials for checklist


Aside the above written, some materials should be with you, when going fishing. Some of these are required. Others work to make you more comfortable and protected.


Don’t forget to get the fishing license while going fishing. This is a necessary document for fishing. Local authorities may ask you to show this document. So write it on your checklist and don’t forget it when you go fishing.


When preparing your checklist, don’t skip writing the map of water or area that you will catch fish. You may need it there. Also it is good for you to have compass with you.


Add tape measure to your checklist, to measure the length of the fish you catched. You may wonder the length of the fish when you catch a big fish. In addition, catching fish shorter than a certain length is prohibited in some areas. Also for it, you may need a tape measure.


In addition, different materials such as first aid kit, rainwear, food, beverage, toilet paper should be in your fishing checklist. Now let’s examine all of these materials one by one.




First aid kit and medicine: we use materials such as hooks, knives, pliers when catching fish. And we may have some problems. So just in case, you should have a first aid kit with you. Also, you should have medicine with you to eliminate pain problems such as headache and toothache while hunting fish.


Mobile phone in protective case: nowadays we usually have a mobile phone with us. But sometimes we may forget it. We should not forget the mobile phone to communicate especially when going to fish. Just in case, write your cell phone to your checklist to keep your cell phone with you.


Ziploc bag for electronic materials: keep the materials like small radio, electric torch, batteries, flashlight, etc in a bag. A ziploc bag is better so that they don’t come into contact with water. Also don’t forget to put spare batteries for electronics. Let’s continue with other parts required for the fishing checklist.




Waterproof footwear: you should be careful not to get wet because catching fish is related to water. You should especially protect your feet. Otherwise catching fish may be a nightmare!.


So don’t forget to write waterproof boots on your checklist. Also it is good to have spare dry socks with you. If you are better at fishing, we recommend you to write waders on your checklist.


Fishing vest: you need to find some materials easily and quickly while catching fish. Fishing vest helps you to use them immediately. If you want to wear a fishing vest while hunting fish, first write it on your checklist not to forget it.


Rainwear or rainjacket: the weather may change suddenly when it’s sunny. You should have a rainwear with you for the possibility of rain. Write it to the fishing checklist weather change not to spoil your fishing pleasure. By the way, it is better to learn the weather for the day you go fishing.


Sun Protection: Polarized sunglasses, centless sunscreen and toque hat or cap hat (to be warm or to be protected from the sun) should be with you. In addition, wearing especially sunglasses and a hat when catching fish motivates you.


Gloves or mittens: You can also write this material for different purposes, such as protecting your hands, keeping them warm. In addition, if you want to use fingerless gloves, you can also write it on your list.


You may also have other personal clothes with you. These can be pants, shirts, coat, bandana, balaclava and underwear for a change. The choice of garment may vary depending on the season. For example, if you are going to go fishing in winter, extra warm clothes will be important for you.


Protection from the elements


Lip balm: you can keep lip balm with you to protect your lips from environmental factors. Also, thanks to lip balm, lips don’t lose moisture, lips soften and cracking is prevented. So we suggest you to write it on the fishing checklist.


Insect repellant: It is normal to see lots of insects because you are in nature. If you want them not to approach you and harm you, you should also write insect repellant on your checklist.


Personal hygiene


To ensure personal hygiene, don’t skip writing some materials on your list. You should have a small bottle of hand sanitizer, quick dry towel and toilet paper with you when going fishing.


Nutrition and hydration


You should take food and drink while going to fish. For example, while catching fish on a hot day, you may have problems if you don’t have water with you.


In addition, fishing is a thing to be happy. Wouldn’t you like to be happier when catching fish? By making the fishing as a picnic, you can be sure that you will be happier. Fishing is more fun if you have your favorite foods and drinks.


For this, you can write different alternatives on the fishing checklist, such as sandwiches, fruits, snacks or granola bars for food. For drink, you should definitely have a few water bottles with you. You can also choose different beverage alternatives, such as fruit juice, soda, beer.


Fishing trip checklist


Let’s prepare a guide for fishing trip checklist in this section. Let’s also make a summary of the above materials.


Fishing rod
Fishing reel
Fishing line
Fishing license
Baits / Lures / Plastic worms
Cooler box
Fishing net
Fishing tackle box:
Extra fishing line
Sinkers / Weights
Bobbers / Floaters
Knife / Pocket knife / Nail clippers
Multi tool / Pliers with nippers
Fillet knife
Fish stringer
Power bait
Electric torch
Map of water
Tape measure
First aid kit
Mobile phone
Ziploc bag
Waterproof footwear
Spare dry socks
Fishing vest
Rainwear or rainjacket
Polarized sunglasses
Centless sunscreen
Toque hat / Cap hat
Gloves or fingerless gloves
Personal clothes like pants, shirts, coat, bandana, balaclava underwear
Lip balm
Insect repellant
Hand sanitizer
Dry towel
Toilet paper
Nutrition and hydration:
 Granola bars
Fruit juics


Checklist for beginners


If you are new to fishing, you need to pay attention to some issues. For example, you should learn the characteristics of the fish you want to catch. Or you should know the place where you will go, the fish in it and the baits required for it.


In addition to these, you should have a right checklist before going fishing. Let’s set a good beginners fishing checklist now.


Beginners fishing checklist


First you should write the most necessary materials for catching fish on your checklist to remember. These materials are fishing rod, fishing reel and fishing line. We recommend that you don’t buy expensive products as you are a beginner. Buy suitable but high quality rod, reel and line.


Hooks are very important to catch fish. Of course, you need to use also baits for the fish to come to the hook. If you don’t write these materials on the list and go fishing without them, most probably you will return home empty.


Some other ingredients such as hooks and baits are also important for catching fish easily. These are sinkers or weights, bobbers or floaters, extra fishing line and knife. These should be with you when you go fishing. We also suggest you write a fishing tackle box on the checklist to keep them together.


Let’s continue with pliers to determine the fishing checklist. You will need pliers / pliers with nippers for different operations while hunting fish. So you shouldn’t forget to write it on your checklist.


Fishing license is another thing that is essential for a beginner. In some regions, officers may ask you to show that document.


Extra for beginners checklist


Some materials are also required for a beginner for different purposes, such as emergencies, being more comfortable, protecting yourself. For these, first write first aid kit, medicine and cell phone on your checklist.


Then write insect repellant for protection; hand sanitizer, dry towel and toilet paper for personal hygiene. And you can list your favorite ones to get food types such as fruits, snacks for nutrition; and beverages such as water, fruit juice.


Basic fishing checklist


With the above section, we have prepared a guide for a good checklist for beginners. But we need to prepare a basic fishing checklist for a healthier, easier and more enjoyable fishing.


We don’t want to be confused by rewriting the materials on the beginners checklist. In addition to the above materials, you can prepare a basic checklist by writing those on your list:


There are different methods and different materials for catching fish. And one of them is fishing net. You can use a rubber or silicon fishing net. However note, that this material is prohibited in some countries.


You should also use some materials to fish more easily. For this, map of water and compass will be useful for you. Then you should use fish stringer, swivels, jigs, flies, leaders, spoons and power bait while catching fish.


What materials will you use to easily do some processes like realigning the hooks? Pocket knife / nail clippers / multi tool is very useful for this kind of operations. So they should be on the fishing checklist to remember to take.


After catching fish


You may also need those equipments after catching fish. One of them is cooler box and the other is tape measure. Wouldn’t you like to eat the fish fresh for dinner? To do it, you should have a cooler box with you. You can also put some ice in it.


The tape measure you bring is also good for learning the length of the fish.


Clothes, electronics and protection


Weather may change. It may rain suddenly. You should be prepared for this. Use rainwear or rainjacket for rain. Take a coat, mittens and toque hat with you when you go fishing to avoid getting cold.


Wear waterproof footwear so that your feet don’t get wet even if it isn’t rainy. Fishing vest is also very useful to reach the required materials faster.


You should protect yourself from the sun in hot weather. To do so, write sunglasses, centless sunscreen and cap hat on the fishing checklist. Also write electronics such as electric torch, batteries, flashlight, small radio.


You can use fingerless gloves to protect your hands and lip balm to prevent your lips from drying out. It is good for you to have personal clothes such as spare shirts and underwear with you. Also write a ziploc bag on your checklist for electronics.


Fishing gear checklist


The most necessary equipments for preparing fishing gear checklist; fishing rod, line, reel, tackle box, baits or lures. Also, don’t forget to write the necessary materials for emergencies, for protection, for personal hygiene, for nutrition and hydration and spare clothes.


Beginner fly fishing gear checklist


Fly fishing is one of the good ideas to spend a good time outdoors in good weather. Well, what materials should you use while doing this? What should you determine when preparing a checklist? Let’s prepare a guide for the beginner fly fishing gear checklist now.


1 – Fly fishing rod: Fly fishing rod should be at the top of the list. There are different types of fly fishing rods. You need to use the right fly rod according to the place you will go and the type of fish you will catch.


2 – Fly fishing reel: The second important material in the list is fly fishing reel. When purchasing it, you should be sure it is compatible with the fly fishing rod.


3 – Fly fishing line: this material is also very important in fly fishing method. You need to choose a quality fly fishing line to catch fish.


4 – Fly fishing line backing: this material makes the fly fishing line more effective. Don’t forget to write this piece under the fly fishing line when you determine the fishing checklist.


5 – Leader: Want to catch more fish more easily? This material is also very useful for fly fishing method.


6 – Flies: flies is an essential part of fly fishing, especially for beginners. You should use this piece in sweet or salt water. A topwater popping bug or clouser minnow pattern are its most useful types.


7- Line snips: If you want to be more effective in fly fishing, line snips will be useful for you. If you don’t write it on your list, you go fishing missing.


8 – Forceps: It makes easy to pull the hook out after catching the fish. It is also a very useful tool for crimping hooks.


9 – Fishing license: Don’t forget this document while going fishing.


10 – Polarized sunglasses: you can protect your eyes from both the sun and the glare in the water. You can even see the fish better. Don’t skip writing polarized sunglasses on the list to do them.


Fly fishing is a method for catching fish. The necessary materials must be used to do it. And in order not to forget them at home, beginner fly fishng gear checklist should be prepared.


Fly fishing checklist


To prepare a fly fishing checklist, you can get a guide the list above for the beginner. But if you want to have a better fly fishing, don’t forget to write those to your list:


  • Compass and map of water / map of area for better hunting,
  • Cooler box and ice to keep your fish fresh,
  • Tape measure to understand the length of the fish,
  • Waterproof footwear to avoid getting wet,
  • Rainwear, coat, mittens, hat, etc for weather change
  • Fishing vest to be faster,
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses to be protected from the Sun
  • Fingerless gloves to protect your hands,
  • And spare clothes.


Fishing checklist: Place and time


The materials you will need when catching fish in different places may vary. Now let’s talk about the checklist that is required for different places.


Ice fishing checklist


This fishing method isn’t like a normal fishing. And ice fishing checklist is different. The biggest difference is in clothes. When ice fishing, you need to prevent cold first. For that, you should layer your clothing. Singlet, t-shirt, long underwear shirt, sweater, coat …


Just in case you should have extra dry clothes with you. In addition, hats, thick socks, gloves and waterproof boots will be very valuable for you there to keep your body warm.


What is required for the equipment? To catch fish there, first you should drill a hole in the ice. You will need an ice auger for this. You should also write an ice skimmer on the ice fishing trip checklist

For clearing ice chips.


When catching fish, you need fishing rod, ice fishing poles and bobber. You can also have a carpet or rug with you to feel warmer by staying on it. Cardboard will also work if you cannot find them.


Don’t forget baits while going fishing. Also you will need an insulated box or bucket to prevent some materials such as bait from freezing. So don’t skip writing it on the fishing checklist.


In ice fishing, you should use small hooks so that the fish don’t see. By the way, a pair of nail clippers / a small pocket knife / multi tool is required to process small hooks. You should also have pliers and knife with you.


In addition


Don’t forget to get a quality flashlight and tape measure for the ice fishing equipment checklist. Tape measure is requried for measuring the fish which have length limits.


A sled is useful for moving forward and carrying the materials. You should also remember to get a first aid kit in order to protect yourself against just in case.


You should consume high-energy foods like snacks to keep energy and motivation. Also it is a good idea to have hot drinks with you because the weather is cold. A thermos is enough to keep them hot.


Kayak fishing checklist


You should pay more attention to the materials you bring because you will be in water while kayak fishing. Therefore, preparing a kayak fishing checklist becomes more important. If you don’t forget the necessary materials, you can protect yourself and be happy in kayak fishing.


You should first consult your doctor to do such activities. Then you should take basic kayaking lessons. When buying a kayak for kayak fishing, you should get information from an experienced person. And you should try it to avoid problems before purchasing.


Well, what materials should you determine for the kayak fishing gear checklist? Here are the materials:


For kayak fishing, you should wear a personal flotation device. Paddle is an important factor in kayak fishing. It should be on the checklist. It is important to have extra paddle and paddle leash in the kayak.


In addition, bilge pump, radio and signaling devices are required for you. Also a first aid kit should be in the kayak. You should not also forget safety equipment.


You should learn the weather before going kayak fishing. If the weather will be rainy, you should pay attention to the clothes you will take. You should also have extra clothing. Add also sunscreen on your list to see the fish better and protect your eyes.


Offshore fishing checklist


If you will prepare an offshore fishing checklist, you should not forget the following:


  • Verifying fishing licenses
  • Checking fluids like oil
  • Checking safety equipment
  • Life jackets, cushions, flares, fire extinguisher
  • Using a pinfish trap
  • Rods, baits, tackle box, etc
  • Signaling devices
  • First aid kit
  • Tape measure
  • Gloves
  • Knife, pliers
  • Foods and drinks


Surf fishing checklist


Finding material while surf fishing isn’t more difficult than kayak fishing. But you still need the materials you need to catch fish.


So you need to prepare your checklist beforehand. The checklist examples in this article are also suitable for surf fishing checklist.


Overnight fishing trip checklist


You can also prepare overnight fishing trip checklist through this article. But if you want to catch fish in the dark, try not to be alone first. In addition, you should pay particular attention to signaling devices, first aid kit, flashlight and spare batteries.


Checklist for types of fish


When setting a checklist, changes may occur depending on the type of fish you want to catch. Let’s take a look at the checklists for some fish species.


Carp fishing checklist


The difference of bait and fishing rod in carp fishing may be. Therefore, you should pay attention to bait and fishing rod while preparing carp fishing checklist. You can throw cereals such as dry corn and wheat to the region before fishing. If you don’t have cereal with you or if cereal has not been thrown before, you can use worm as live bait.


In addition, if you attach aromatized (vanilla, etc) dough as well bait to the fishing rod, your chances of catching carp increases. And for fishing rod, you can choose about 4 meters and medium hard rod.


Salmon fishing gear checklist


To determine the salmon fishing gear checklist, you should not skip the following materials:


When going fishing, you should have a fishing license and permit with you first,


For equipment, you should buy spinning rod and/or fly rod, spinning reel and/or fly reel, spare spools, fishing net,


Tackle box for materials like swivels, fly and lure boxes, fishing bag, forceps and/or pliers for other equipment,


Spare dry clothes, dry socks, fly fishing vest, waterproof footwear, gloves and/or fingerless gloves for clothing,


And first aid kit, cell phone, maps, foods, drinks, insect repellant, sunscreen, dry towel and toilet paper.


Bass fishing checklist


When preparing bass fishing checklist, the most important factor to remember is live bait. Using live bait makes catching sea bass easy either on the shore or on the boat. You should use fish such as goby or smelt for live bait.


So we suggest you to write this necessary factor on your list. If you cannot find live bait, the choice of fake bait becomes much more important in bass hunting. When there is no live bait, we recommend using popper.


If you want to catch sea bass, you should determine the places where they live. Of course, you should also write equipment such as fishing rod, fishing line, hook for sea bass hunting.


Fishing checklist is important for catching fish. Fishing will not be a lot of fun for you if you forget the fishing line at home or not get the hooks while going fishing. Likewise, you should have an important document like fishing licence with you.


And in order to protect yourself, materials such as first aid kit, sunglasses are important. On the other hand, you should not forget clothes such as rainwear and dry socks. In order not to forget these, you should prepare your list in advance.

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