The last thing you want to do is be unprepared when out on the water. Having the proper fishing accessories is essential to a successful and stress free trip. Below I have put together my personal list of accessories that every angler should have on them at all times.
Boomerang Long Snip
The Boomerang Long Snip is an improved version of Boomerang’s original model. Its stainless steel cutting jaw is perfect for snipping braided line as many of you know is a pain, especially when trying to slice through with plain scissors or knives.
The Snip tool makes it easy and leaves a clean cut. It also has additional features including a locking mechanism which stores the blade safely, a 36” military-grade retractable cord with a key chain connector making it perfect for hooking onto your belt loop, carabiner, or backpack. The long cutter works wonders on trimming jig skirts, weed guards, and reaching into tight areas such as the bottom of a spool, making this a must-have accessory for all anglers.
Sun protection is a big deal when out on the water for long periods of time. Without the proper clothing you can be unknowingly exposing yourself to large amounts of UV rays which can result in skin cancer such as Melanoma. Luckily, Simms provides a wide variety of products that are designed specifically for anglers; my favorite being the Simms SunGaiter. This product is made from Solarflex UPF 50 stretch fabric and is extremely effective and comfortable.
The Simms SunGaiter’s longer cape, custom shape, and laser cut breathing holes helps you not just breath easily but properly protect your neck, ears, and face along with having quick-dry capabilities. This buff conforms to your head much better than the traditional tube-shaped buffs, and breathing holes make a huge difference in my personal experience. The SunGaiter is a lifesaver when I’m on the bass boat for nine hours a day, or even if I just want to stay cool and comfortable when bank fishing.
Split Ring Pliers
Nobody likes to open O-Rings with their bare hands, as it often results in a painful ending. Traditional pliers work sometimes but most often we end up failing too. Split ring pliers are an absolute lifesaver because they allow you to make swapping hooks and O-Rings quick and easy. Since hooks get bent and dull and therefore less effective it’s helpful to have these pliers around to swap to fresh hooks so that you can land more fish consistently. It is the perfect tool for replacing stock or dull hooks on crankbaits, jerkbaits, lipless cranks, etc., and once you have a pair they will make maintenance feel like a breeze.
Tackle Buddy Leader Organizer
Organizing your pre-tied leaders is important. The Tackle Buddy Leader Organizer puts an end to tangles and keeps hook points safely out of the way whether you’re storing in your backpack or tackle box. With the rubber-padded body you can push the hook point into it to stay stable and wrap the leader line between the individual ridged separators. This device also has extra storage for weights, hooks, and other small accessories which is accessible by removing the end caps, revealing a hollow storage space inside. The Tackle Buddy has been my lifesaver when it comes to pier fishing for shark and ray and keeping my leaders tangle-free in my waist pack when surf fishing for striper and perch. Definitely another must-have accessory that can be used for any type of species.
The Rod Glove
This is one of those products that I believe many anglers oversee when it comes to fishing accessories. The Rod Glove protects the rod, guides, and tip from scratching and impact in the long run, therefore extending your fishing rods lifespan. The Rod Glove comes in 30 colors and additional style options are available for casting, spinning, and ice fishing rods. Overall I recommend buying a sleeve for each rod because a broken rod or warranty can cost you hundreds while a sleeve is only $6-8.
I used to think Reel Grips were a very unnecessary addition to my baitcasting reels, but after seeing a coworker’s reels decked out in Reel Grips I decided why not give them a try. I have ultimately changed my mind now that I’ve used them, and they surprisingly do give you a much better grip on the handle, especially helping when fishing reaction baits. The rubber material on the Reel Grip never lose their grip, and the ribbed design helps to channel the water away from your fingers, helping you maintain contact with your handle at all times. I highly recommend these for your casting reel, they’re cheap and effective!
In the comment section below let me know what fishing accessories you think every angler should have.