What should go inside my fishing tackle box for shore fishing

By Simon Day.

Unsure what you need to buy to fill your fishing tackle box for shore fishing? If so read on…

Sea fishing tackle box.

What should my tackle box include?

When you first start your stocking up, a good list of things to buy should include:

  • Packet of swivels
  • Some packets of feathers
  • An assortment of hooks
  • 2 or more floats (plus weights for them)
  • 2 or 3 different sets of hooks
  • 6 or more various weights (see below)
  • A long nosed plier or disgorger
  • Small and large beads
  • A sharp knife
  • Bait elastic
  • Spare line

Packet of Swivels


Sea fishing swivels.

Swivels come in all shapes and sizes and are required for most aspects of fishing. They are most often used to attach your main line to a rig but can also be used in the making of rigs. Here is an example:

Example use of Swivels.

In the image above you'll see that two swivels are being used. One to connect to your main line and the other as part of the pulley rig.

Having a packet of small and medium sized swivels in your box is highly recommended!


Some packets of feathers

Okay… I will admit it… Yes I have arrived at my fishing spot, got all set-up and then suddenly realised my lovely fresh live crab or live worms are sat at home with their feet up, watching TV and being very thankful I forgot to take them!

I've seen seagulls swoop and grab bait before, I've seen dogs run off with it. Anything can happen!

Mackerel feathers.

Even if you're not that into feathering they are worth having as a back-up in case something goes wrong.

Feathers come in packets with 3 to 6 feathers. If you only use light gear don't get the packets with more than 3 feathers. If you're on a good beachcaster and strong reel having 6 feathers on your line will be fine.

If you want more information about feathering please click this feathering for mackerel link.


An assortment of hooks

There are lots of choices out there and which ones you use comes down to your own personal preferences.

Fishing hooks.

Personally, I like using circle hooks for float fishing as they do tend to keep the fish hooked once they bite. For longer baits likes worms and sand eels you'll need a longer shank, like the left packet in the image above.

How many types you use is down to you. For the fishing I do, the packets in the image above are what I mostly take with me.


Floats and parts

I tend to always carry the several parts needed to make a float fishing rig...

Float fishing parts.

For more information on making a float fishing set-up please see this 'Float fishing rig guide' page.



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