Bootcamp is the same everywhere: Basic. Training.
And here, with about 40 anglers of varying degrees of expertise, we figured we’d start with the basics: loading a tackle box.
Assuming everyone has rods, reels and lines, the first thing to go into a tackle box is terminal tackle. These are the things you use to keep bait on the end of your line. Terminal tackle can be bought in bulk or in packages with lots of assorted pieces.
You’ll need snaps and swivels – hooks – split rings – sinkers – and weights.
Be smart and buy stainless and lead free. They’ll last longer and they’re safer for the environment.
Next in the box are a pair of long nose pliers with a wire cutter at the base – a hook extractor – a fishing multi-tool – a fillet knife, if you’re into it – and of course, being the optimists we all are, a scale.
This will get any novice angler more than started.
We’ll fill that box with more goodies in session 2 of next week’s installment of ‘Bootcamp’.
In the meantime, visit the experts at Sail, the Canadian Outdoors Superstore. to see all the tackle box basics you’ll ever need.