Checklist: 5 types of fishing tackle for your tackle box

5 Types of Fishing Tackle for your Tackle Box
Groovy Outdoors Pro-Staff Team Lead Kevin Lee McIver with a nice largemouth bass in Tennessee.

Groovy Outdoors Pro-Staff Team Lead Kevin Lee McIver with a nice largemouth bass taken years ago in Tennessee.

It is fishing season so what fishing tackle should you have in your tackle box at all times? It varies, but if you go with keeping some old standbys in your tackle box, you’ll stand a good chance of being ready for most type of North American fish. Since you may fish in many different types of water, keep your tackle box supplied with a basic assortment.

  1. Use plastic baits for those slow days or days when fish are in located in heavy vegetation.
  2. Keep a few crank baits, deep divers, that can reach deep structure and overhangs.
  3. Don’t overlook some topwater baits for those wee hours when the water is as still as glass.
  4. Have a couple of spinner baits available for maneuvering around logs and stumps.
  5. It doesn’t hurt to keep some fish hooks and sinkers of assorted sizes, along with floaters (bobbers) for catching bluegill to channel cats. As an add on, keep some steel leaders in case you end up fishing for the big boys with teeth.

Привет нашим друзьям в России .

Спасибо за поддержку Groovy на открытом воздухе. Пожалуйста, пришлите нам несколько фотографий и рассказы об охоте , рыбалке и на свежем воздухе в вашей стране .
Thank you for supporting Groovy Outdoors. Please send us some photos and stories about hunting,  fishing and the great outdoors in your country.

Author Kevin Lee McIver at Charleston State Park in Indiana

Разместить истории через ответ и включают в себя электронную почту , и мы свяжемся с Вами .
Автор Кевин Ли МакИвер в лесу .

Author Kevin Lee McIver in the Woods.


Fishing for Sunfish

Listen to our latest podcast with host Kevin Lee McIver. In this episode, Kevin talks about fishing for sunfish, one of America’s greatest little game fish. You can catch them just about anywhere, from a creek, to river, or lakes. They are also tasty fried. Learn more in this podcast.

Paracord for Survival

Useful in Many Situations

By David J. Fred - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.(Original text: Self-created, en:Nikon D70, uploaded by creator of image), CC BY-SA 2.5,

Paracord or “550 cord” by Army paratroopers has multiple uses in the outdoors, including survival situations.


Parachute cord, paracord, or “550 cord” as it is called by Army paratroopers is a multiple filament cord with 550 lb. test strength that is highly useful for many situations.

As an Army paratrooper, we used it to tie down equipment including our canteens to secure them to our light-bearing equipment (web gear).

As you crossed a stream, you would remove each canteen, unravel the 550 cord, open the tops and drop them into the water. By the time you crossed to the other bank, canteens were full (of course you had to add iodine tablets to kill the bacteria).

I’ve also used parachute cord in Europe to catch wild rainbow trout out of cold streams deep in the forest. We were training in a German private forest when my Soldiers told me they saw fish in a stream. We contemplated on “how” to make a fishing pole when one of them suggested 550 cord.

As a team eager to test our survival skills, we used a long tree branch for the rod, cut and pulled the strands from the 550 cord, took a medical safety-pin and straightened it, cut a piece of notched wood for a bobber or floater and we had our fishing pole.

The next question became what to use as fishing bait. The only meat was in our MRE (Meals-Read-to-Eat), so we used the meatballs in BBQ sauce and headed to the stream where we located a small ledge just slightly above the waters.

On my first cast, which was really like a pendulum swing, the meatball fell off. A second later a nightly splash was seen and it was gone. The trout lying below the running water was not so fortunately on the second cast and I brought in a 12 inch rainbow. We could another and then returned to camp triumphantly where we build a fire pit, dropped in the fish, covered them with dirt, and let them cook. Delicious.

Parachute cord can also be used to set snares for wild game, tie down a pack, or even make  stirrup footings for a Prusik climb up a rope that was taught to us in Ranger School. These days you’ll see people wearing paracord bracelets but you can buy it in bulk and keep it ready for any daily chore or emergency.

Kevin Lee McIver

Groovy Outdoors

1 2 3 45