These Are The Top 5 Must-Have Tools For Wade Fishing
What are the must-have tools for successfully wade fishing?
Aside from tackle and lures, what does an angler need to comfortably wade for big fish?
There are lots of additional gear options, but below are the FIVE MUST-HAVE tools for wade fishing!
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5 Must-Have Tools For Wade Fishing [VIDEO]
If you have the right gear for wade fishing, then you will have an easier time catching fish and you might even catch more fish because of it!
1. Wade Fishing Belt
In order to stay more organized and keep gear close to you, a wading belt is an essential tool for wade fishing.
Wade belts provide a lot of options for you to hold any type of gear from tackle, to a water bottle, to pliers, and more.
A belt eliminates the need to lug other gear or bags around by having everything you need right on your waist.
Certain types of wade belts also have back supports for wade anglers.
If you are out wade fishing for a few hours and covering a lot of ground on foot, it can take a toll on your back walking through mud and sand.
A wading belt will bring you more comfort and keep all your gear organized as well as easily accessible.
2. Landing Gear
Fish grips are really easy to use and help control the fish when you get it up close to you.
All you need to do is open up the jaws of the grips and reach down to lip the fish.
Grips will make sure the fish is controlled and secure for pictures as well as provide ease when taking the hook out.
Wading nets are great for feisty fish that like to flail around when you get them in close because it provides you more control.
They are buoyant and can float right on top of the water next to you.
When you are handling a fish, you can drop it in the net and the net will remain in place.
The mesh of most nets will not tear the slime off of trout or other fish and your hook won’t get stuck either.
3. Fishing Line Cutters
Line cutters can attach to your belt and are an easy tool for cutting lines quickly to re-tie knots.
If you want to change out lures faster, line cutters make it easier than using the cutting element on pliers.
Some line cutters have a retractable feature on them so you can pull them from your belt to use.
Moreover, line cutters don’t seem to rust.
Different pairs of pliers will rust easily when constantly exposed to saltwater but line cutters do not.
Long, needle-nose pliers are an absolute necessity for any angler going out wade fishing.
Longer pliers will assist in getting hooks out easier if the fish swallows a hook or in case you do happen to hook a shark.
Pliers make sure the hook is removed easier and safely as well as keep your fingers away from hooks and sharp teeth.
4. Wading Boots
You should choose your boot type based on the season you are going to be wade fishing in.
Boots have different levels of insulation and tread based on the season.
If you are going to be wading around in areas with mud, a lace-up boot is the way to go.
Zip-up boots are preferred for fishing in sandy bottoms and grass flats.
Lace-up boots will keep the boot snug to your foot and you won’t have to worry about losing them in the mud.
Zip-up boots are better for flats or sandy bottoms because they are more lightweight and have a little less insulation.
Furthermore, zip-up boots are more effective in warmer months in spring and summer.
When you are wading in the winter months, it is also smart to wear neoprene socks for comfort and insulation.
Winter calls for lace-up boots with more insulation and stability when the water temperature drops a bit.
Boots will make your day out fishing easier by protecting your feet against any gravel, rocks, or shells.
A stringer is a very important tool if you plan on keeping fish.
This will allow you to clip each fish that you decide to keep in their mouths securely.
Traditional stringers have a metal needle that you run through the jaw of the fish.
Stringers have a latch to attach to your wading belt.
Most wading belts are made with an insert or latch for stringers.
All you have to do with a stringer is clip the fish to it and let the stringer float behind you.
You can keep your catch close to you but also at a safe distance just in case a shark decides they want to check on the fish you’ve caught.
A stringer is an important tool if you are keeping fish or holding them for a tournament.
Traditional stringers with a metal needle tend to lessen the survival of the fish and do more damage to them.
The clips on stringers are about the same gauge as a hook and keep the fish connected to you.
If you want to keep better fish you can switch them out with a stringer as opposed to an icebox.
You can keep the fish you want to without killing the fish you’ve already caught.
- TFO Professional M Fast 7’6″
- ForEverlast G2 Wade Fishing Belt
- H20 Express Wade Fishing Belt (Academy)
- FishGrips (Acadamy)
- Ugly Stik Pliers
- Boomerang Line Cutters
- ForEverlast G2 Wade Fishing Net
- Grind Tournament Stringer
- Simms Clearwater Wading Boots
- Magellen Outdoors Wading Boots (Academy)
- NRS Backwater Boot
There are many tools wade anglers take out with them on fishing trips but these are the top five must-have pieces of equipment you should have with you on a wading trip.
Combined, all of the pieces of gear will enhance your fishing experience by making it easier on you and on the fish.
Be sure to prepare and equip yourself with the proper tools to set yourself up for wade fishing success!
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