A great day of fishing begins with a well-prepared tackle box

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The great days of summer are ahead of us! The kids are out of school. The sun is shining, and the air is warm. It’s time to go fishing. Here are some suggestions on how to stock your tackle box this summer:

Terminal tackle: hooks – size 6 to 8; 1/0 to 4/0, weights – 1/16 oz. and 1/8 oz. split shot; 1/8 to 1/2 oz. bullet-shaped, bobbers – 3/8” and 1/2” pencil-style clip on or slip (with stopper), and jig heads – 1/16 and 1/32 oz. “crappie”; 1/6 and 1/10 oz. “Ned Rig” (stand-up or mushroom-style head)

Lures: inline spinners – 1/16 oz. and 1/8 oz.; color: chartreuse (yellow-green), beetle spins – 1/16 oz. and 1/8 oz.; color: green, spinner baits – 1/4 oz. and 1/2 oz.; colors: white and chartreuse, crankbaits – Iipless and lipped; colors: shad, bluegill, and chartreuse, and soft plastics – worms and stickbaits in black and green pumpkin; curly tail grubs in white and chartreuse; frogs with double hook in white and green

Other items: needle nose pliers, fishing line clippers (e.g., nail clippers), bug spray, sunscreen, lip balm, first aid items/kit, extra fishing license in a clear “zipper” bag, and Fishing Guide

Wondering when to use which fishing lure? See more information here.