It’s easy to say fishing tool box, but a distinction is needed. For every angler practicing his activity on the boat there is no only one box (or bag) for fishing: they must be at least two. There are one that is a main or generic box and a second, more specific for the type of fishing that is done.
The first, for the most part, remains fixed in the boat. The second, or rather the seconds, must be created in function of which prey we are going to undermine. Of course you bring us behind the “second box” appropriate to the type of fishes we’re going to face. No need to keep it in the boat to take up space.
Further premise, the tool box, or rather the ideal one, is created over time. It’s hard to leave a shop, even if it’s supplied, with the perfect fishing tool box for us. Its construction takes place step by step considering one’s habits and refining the specific fishing technique. However, what we give you here is an excellent base to start from.
We start from the container. It is advisable a top box model, with handle, equipped with more shelves, at least two, and a tray divided into compartments a little wider of the drawers, arranged on the top level. One of 40 x 35 basic centimeters is sufficient.
This box should not lack a set of accessories and tools. Let’s see them in detail. Swivels and carabiners of at least 3, 4 sizes. To start with, let’s say that sizes 6 to 10 are the most suitable. The 6 indicates the largest of the series and the 10 the smallest. Attention, not all manufacturers use the same system to indicate the dimensions. The figures are always there, but not everyone uses them in the same way. However, talking to the seller will clear up any doubts. He will be able to tell you that size X of company A is equivalent to size Y of company B.
Must also include loose hooks, i.e. not tied, even those of at least 3 or 4 sizes; for example, hooks with paddle from size 5 to size 12; hooks of the same size already tied with wire of different diameters are also required. There are the so-called “frames”: small pieces of rigid cardboard where companies or shops prepare from eight to 12 hooks already tied to a piece of wire. They are aimed at a specific type of prey. For example, hooks for small fish, such as bogues, mullets, eyes, gilt-head breams, then with hooks of 12 and with a wire diameter from 0.12 to 0.16. Or hooks tied for mackerel, cork hooks that can be 6 or 8 with a wire from 0.16 to 0.20; there are also hooks for gilthead bream and sand steenbras, with hooks a little longer than those of before, with a stem a little longer and measures from 4 to 8, and wire a little larger, from 0.25 to 0.28.
Plastic or rubber beads, also called knot protector. They are similar to those of bracelets made as children. Usually those with holes from 2 to 4 are kept available (the ball is proportionally large). They are used to make any mounting that we can prepare with the accessories that we find in the box. For example, frames with sliding lead. Very simply: from the reel, take the thread out of the barrel loops, put a lead with a through-hole in the thread and stop it with a bead and a knot to which a swivel with carabiner will be attached. Immediately afterwards you put it in place the armrest, that is the end piece, made by the frame with the hook already tied. The length varies from 80 centimetres up to 1.5 metres.
As a set of 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 grams. There are two types among those with a through-hole, with a simple hole through it or with a swivel integrated. The first one will be used, for example with mounts like sliding lead, the other with other solutions like the sabiki (see below). Don’t forget the smaller ones, from 0.10 to 0.25 grams and also from 1.00 and 1.50 grams.
Some floating two categories, fixed and sliding. In the sea you prefer sliding because you can fish with rods not very long (up to 3 meters). Weight from 3 to 15 grams of floating range. With the classic drop shape. Also some starlight for night fishing.
Any ready-made set-top like sabiki, already armed and ready to use. This is a frame that has several hooks attached, placed between two swivels: one above and one below the insertion of the various hooks. The upper swivel is attached to the wire coming from the barrel, the one underneath a lead. Each hook is covered with an attraction (silver paper, white paper, small feathers or anything that can simulate the movement and colour of a fish. In practice it is a bait not unlike the fly used for the homonymous fishing. Attention: the law does not allow the use of sabiki with more than six hooks.
Last also some loose spools of thread (three, four spools with: teaspoons and Rapala-like fish). Sizes for the first from 5 to 10 cm, and Rapala from 3 to 10 cm.
To finish, a plastic slammer. Caps and scissors, if you want to keep them on board, open them in excellent stainless steel, surgical, otherwise after a week they are down full of rust. The downside is that tools and utensils of this type are expensive, up to 35, 40 euros each.
The heavier things (leads) it’s better to put them at the bottom that help stabilize the cassette. Then the hooks then the tied hooks. And the fake baits, continuing towards the top of the container, you put the floats and in the bigger pocket: slammer, wires from peach of respect, wicks, split plumbing and all those bulkier packages that don’t fit in the drawers bottom. A clean cloth, also in microfibre, can be kept in the cassette, always at the top because it is very voluminous. However, if it is dirtied with organic material (fish and its remnants) it is good to take it to wash because after a while it starts to stink. As a rule, therefore, mops and rags wipes hand, preys and tools it is better take them them clean every time from home.