Tools You Need in Every Tackle Box

Tools You Need in Every Tackle Box

Despite your skill and experience with fishing, you are only as good as the tools you have in your arsenal. This includes your rod, bait, lures, and tackle box, which is where you keep all your essential fishing supplies. However, there are other types of tools you must have with you at all times to ensure you’re the best angler you can possibly be.

Here at Special Mate, we take fishing as seriously as you do. That’s why we never hit the water without a selection of important tools. The right tools can make you more efficient and improve your chance of getting a big catch, but they can also benefit you from a safety perspective. Here are a few essential items to add to your fishing tools list.


Scissors are a multi-purpose tool that you will use time and again on your boat. They can be used to cut lines, ropes, and so much more. Make sure the brand you choose are sturdy and durable enough to cut through just about anything. They should also be rust-proof, since it’s likely they will get wet while you’re fishing. Investing in a good pair of scissors is recommended if you frequently fish or consider yourself a serious angler.

Fish Grippers

Taking a hook out of a fish’s mouth can be dicey, to say the least. The last thing you want to happen is to cut your hand and have to cut short your fishing trip. Fish grippers are an ideal tool, in this case, as they will preserve your fingers while you’re removing a hook. These tools attach to the mouth and hold the fish steady, which allows you to safely remove a hook.


Part of the fun of fishing is bragging about the weight of your catch. A scale allows you to accurately assess a fish’s weight, which can boost your bragging rights even more. It also allows you to call out any fishing buddies that may be embellishing the weight of their catches. You can bring along a tape measure to determine the full size of your prized fish.


Like scissors, pliers are an essential multi-tool for every angler. A solid pair of needle nose pliers can be used to remove hooks, tie knots, pinching sinkers, and more. They can also be an important first aid device should you or a buddy accidentally get hooked.


Whether you’re fishing early at morning or late at night, visibility is definitely decreased in the dark. A flashlight is an essential tool, in this case, both for efficiency and safety. While most smartphones are equipped with a light, it may not be sufficient for your needs. You may also be hesitant to use your phone’s light, as dropping it into the water is a definite catastrophe. Having a dedicated flashlight ensures you have the illumination you need when you need it most.

First Aid Kit

While not necessarily a tool, you should never head out for a day of fishing without having a first aid kit onboard. In general, your kit should include band-aids, alcohol, antibiotic ointment, sterile gauze, waterproof tape, aspirin, and more. Kits should also contain some kind of cooling salve for sunburns if you plan on spending a lot of time on the water during summer. However, wearing a good sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is best to prevent sunburns.

Where can you put all the essential tools listed above? Our tackle boxes are known for their durable construction, as we insist on using quality materials. We also make sure our design is as efficient as possible, so you can always find exactly what you’re looking for. Feel free to review our products, so you can find a reliable box for your next fishing excursion.