From Both of Us —
Having the proper bait, tackle, and rods are essential to landing the fish you’re after. You also need healthy food and plenty of drinking water to withstand fishing on a hot summer day. Other than that, you don’t need much (except experience and good numbers). But, there are a few non-essential items that can elevate your fishing experience. Some of the non-essential items we use and recommend are:
Spotify – This mobile app lets you find, create, and download playlists from the app’s expansive media library. Once you download music to your phone, you can listen to it as much as you want when you don’t have cellular or internet service. Jordan and I downloaded hundreds of songs to his phone and hook up Spotify to the boat’s sound system every time we go out.
Reel Legends Fishing Gear – UPF clothing made by major brands like Columbia, Patagonia, Salt Life, and Simms hold up well and do their jobs, but they’re expensive. You can sometimes buy long-sleeve Reel Legends UPF shirts for less than $15, making them some of the most affordable shirts you’ll find on the market. And they’re ultra lightweight and comfortable. From head-to-toe, we wear Reel Legends UPF gear, including shirts, pants, and buffs.
Double Wall Water Canteens – Yetis keep your Gatorade and water cold, but your drinks can quickly heat up after you grab a beverage from the cooler and set it down as your line takes off. Stainless steel canteens protect your beverage from the sun, keeping it cooler longer. Check out the colster by Yeti for canned beer.
Polarized Sunglasses – Whether you choose Costa Del Mar, Native, or Maui Jim, polarized sunglasses are a must while on the water chasing flats or pelagic species. There are many different options for fishing glasses, including plastic and glass lenses, lens color, and frame style. If you’re targeting offshore species, blue lenses are preferred. If it’s the shallow water species you’re after, green lenses should do the trick.
Motor stick – Save your transom from unnecessary stress by using a motor stick if you trailer. One stick (you don’t need two) can help you avoid a costly repair at the fiberglass shop.
What fishing extras don’t you leave the house without?