Some handy accessories
  |  First Published: March 2005

A little while ago we looked at getting a small tackle box together with hooks, lures and trace line, etc, so this month I’d like to discuss a few extra things to put in that tackle box or carry with you in your fishing haversack.

These are things that serve a purpose, are useful and make life a little easier while fishing and hopefully catching fish.

Walk into any tackle shop or department store that sells fishing gear and you’ll find a huge range of fishing accessories, most of which are a waste of money and won’t last any longer than a few months if you’re lucky. There’ll be special hook sharpeners, hook removers, bells and lights to go on rod tips and detect a bite and even things that will have you scratching your head to work out how they relate to fishing. Most of this stuff is useless rubbish, to put it bluntly.

You probably don’t need most of it because it’s gimmick and it will probably rust within a week of going near saltwater, so keep away from it.

One important thing you will need, however, is something to trim and cut nylon or braided line. My Dad is always telling me not to bite line with my teeth or cut it with a rusty old knife. He used to bite line but he chipped a front tooth years ago doing that and decided to get a pair of clippers.

There are various types from fingernail-style trimmers right through to serrated scissors especially for braid line. They all work but just make sure they are made for fishing and are stainless steel so they don’t rust.

If they are only small, tie a piece of string to them so they don’t get misplaced. My Dad uses a pair of braid scissors and a trimmer and he has these tied together with a short cord so they don’t get lost or separated.

Trimmers or scissors are great for trimming line when you tie a knot as well as for cutting heaver trace or leader line.

Next thing you might like to look at is a stainless steel multi-tool. The main thing I use this for is removing hooks from fishes’ mouths but they also have screwdrivers and a small knife blade that always come in handy.

The ‘name’ brand multi-tools are well over $100 and while they are very well-made, the cheap copies you buy in hardware or tackle stores are at markets do a great job and last just as long if you wash them in warm water when they get saltwater on them. Just make sure they are stainless steel.

Add a few drops of oil to the hinges now and then and you’ll have something that will last a long time and come in very handy.

If you fish from wharves or even small boats at night it pays to invest in a quality torch or headlamp. You won’t get much for under about $50 so save up or get it for your birthday or Christmas, rather than buy a $10 special that falls apart within a week.

Make sure you look after your light and keep it clean if it gets wet with saltwater because the terminals or switch might rust.

Like most things, you’re better off buying the best you can afford and looking after it with a bit of regular maintenance.

There are a heap of other things to think about, from keeper nets to sunglasses and so many others.

My advice is to make sure you have a need for it before you buy and look around to get the right gear at the best price. Don’t just buy on impulse or because a piece of equipment looks cool.

A stainless steel multi-tool is perfect for removing lures from fishes’ mouths.

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