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Fishing Tackle For The Casual Boater

Updated on August 22, 2013

The best fishing tackle doesn't have to break the bank

Fishing tackle can really get up in the big bucks but, for the casual boater who may be more interested in just tossing in a line, affordable fishing tackle can be easily found. And, I know - that's because I'm cheap. I do though love to fish and there's nothing more rewarding for a cheapskate than getting a "free" fish dinner on a free boat ride. Of course, "free" is in quotes for a reason. Fishing can become expensive very quickly!

I've been fishing the Chesapeake Bay for about 40 years now. My first excursions were with my father on a 24' Criss Craft cruiser. We'd head out at first light and throw chum for rockfish. That was when a bushel of clams to smoosh up cost, oh, about $12. Now, it's generally too expensive to chum so we live line - that's when we start off fishing for bait fish which can be as much fun as pulling in the rockfish or the bluefish.

I've searched and searched to find the best fishing tackle on the web just so that you don't have to shell out a fortune to start fishing. Wasn't that nice of me? Come along and see what I've found.

BTW: That beauty in the photo (not the man...) is a rock fish from the Chesapeake Bay. It was caught in early July, 2012.

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Ready to Fish Soft Sided Tackle Bag

This soft sided tackle box has loads of pockets to keep your fishing lures, hooks or swivels separated. the Ready to Fish tackle bag is waterproof too so it will protect all of your fishing tackle, even if you happen to drop it in a stream when you slip on slippery rock (not that I'd know that for sure....). This great fishing tackle box even has a pocket to store your cell phone, GPS or any other item you don't want swimming with the fishes. The netting on the outside is a perfect place to store gloves or a jacket for colder weather fishing.

Ready 2 Fish Soft Sided Tackle Bag
Ready 2 Fish Soft Sided Tackle Bag

Easily transport your tackle from garage to your favorite fishing hole -- while keeping it protected, well organized, and easily accessible -- with the South Bend Ready 2 Fish Tackle Bag. The waterproof bag offers a variety of adjustable compartments, including a dedicated electronics pocket, as well as a cable net to hold a jacket and gloves.


Other soft sided tackle boxes

I tend to like the soft sided tackle boxes to store my fishing gear as they're sort of expandable (re: you can stuff 'em full). These soft sided tackle boxes are particularly nice as they seem to have more pockets and places for storing things such as fish hooks. sinkers, bobbers, etc.

Fuzion Fish Eyes Rod and Reel

NOW we're talkin'! This collapsible fishing pole comes with a camera so you can see where those fishies are hiding. If nothing else, it's got to be entertaining!

Fuzion Fish Eyes Rod and Reel
Fuzion Fish Eyes Rod and Reel

This would be a perfect Christmas or birthday gift for the younger fisherman or fisherwoman! The camera uses batteries so carry fresh AAs with you for continued entertainment. With a full color and full motion LED screen, this small fishing pole transmits live footage of what's going on under there.


Yes, I let him go...

Yes, I let him go...
Yes, I let him go...

Fishing coolers

Whether you need a cooler to keep those fish on ice until you can clean and descale them or you prefer to use your cooler for chilling a few beers, a cooler just goes along with fishing. And, if you're on a boat, you might want a soft sided cooler so that it doesn't punch through your vinyl seats (yes, it happens....don't ask me how I know but I do...).

A good waterproof digital camera can capture the action

I love my Sony DSC-TX10 waterproof digital camera and take it fishing with us at every chance. This digital camera is about as small as they get and I love that it zooms without having a large lens - the lens remains flush. The Sony underwater camera also takes an amazing panorama picture as can be seen below.

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX10 16.2 MP Waterproof Digital Still Camera with Exmor R CMOS Sensor, 3D Sweep Panorama and Full HD 1080/60i Video (Black)
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX10 16.2 MP Waterproof Digital Still Camera with Exmor R CMOS Sensor, 3D Sweep Panorama and Full HD 1080/60i Video (Black)

This is my 3rd Sony digital camera and I've loved them all equally. The thing I really like about this one though is the panoramas it takes. Please come see my other Squidoo article: "a href="">My review of the Sony Waterproof DSC-TX10 camera.

This teeny gem of a camera takes pics up to 16mb so you can blow them up and make those fish look even bigger. Small enough to fit into a shirt or a pants pocket, the Sony waterproof camera will take a licking and keep on ticking (wait a sec - that's Timex.....). Whatever. Mine has been batted around quite a bit and still takes crystal clear photos.


More underwater digital cameras

Make sure your casual fisherman has the means to record (and edit...) his catch.

Intova IC12 Digital Waterproof Camera CHECK PRICE

New Pioneeer Sealife DC1400 Digital Underwater 14MP Pro Camera Package CHECK PRICE

...Yet! I'll admit it - I'm fishing for comments (sorry, couldn't help the pun). Please let me know what you have to say about fishing, this article, or life in general.

Something's fishy around here - You didn't leave me comments...

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    • mariacarbonara profile image


      5 years ago

      Loving that green tackle bag. That would make a perfect gift for someone I know

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Back to comment on that intro picture. NICE CATCH! ;o)

    • PaulWinter profile image


      6 years ago

      I love to fish, but I've never fished from a boat.

    • vegetablegardenh profile image


      6 years ago

      That's a nice Bluefish you caught there, wow!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      My mom and dad loved to fish and had the master angler certificates to show for it. I never cared for the sunburn and mosquito bites, so I'm a non-fishing-person. I do like to eat them though.

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I like the fishing part but can't clean them. Oh and I'll eat them. Sounds like you are an expert fisherman, Lori!

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      6 years ago

      Not my cup of tea, but great article for fishermen.


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