Catching the Big One: Gear to Help You Become a Fishing Pro

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Whether you’ve been fishing your entire life or you’ve just learned, there are numerous ways to vastly improve your level of experience and fine-tune your expertise.  Honing in and analyzing your fishing methods, techniques and tactics is one way to improve your game.  There are a number of useful products proven to elevate your fishing experience.  Here are some of the best new fishing-related equipment and gear to set you up for success.

Picture courtesy of L.L. Bean
Picture courtesy of L.L. Bean

L.L. Bean Kennebec Boundary Pack

This hybrid chest pack and fishing vest is remarkably designed to fit and protect your fly boxes, reel and all of the other fishing essentials you need.  It is designed to be taken on and off with ease.  The chest and shoulder panels help equally distribute weight and it’s made from breathable, water-resistant material.  It features a Boa-closure system, which can adjust the fit of the vest.  This product is all about convenience, efficiency and comfort — the utilitarian design allows you to be equipped for nearly any situation.

Picture courtesy of Revant Optics
Picture courtesy of Revant Optics

Oakley Batwolf Sunglasses

This style of sunglasses stays secure on your face with a three-point fit.  This keeps the optics in alignment to fit well on medium to large faces.  The Oakley Batwolf lenses filter out all UVA, UVC, UVB and blue light, while the high definition optics provide the ultimate clarity.  The Iridium feature reduces glare and will allow you to see clearly in any light condition, reducing the strain on your eyes.

Picture courtesy of Jackall
Picture courtesy of Jackall

Jackall Pompadour

Let’s talk lures! The Pompadour, designed by the outdoor-enthusiast, nature-taming Australians, is a highly efficient topwater lure.  It has a fizz and rattle to it that creates quite a loud noise.  This amped up sound of the bait and will draw fish from miles away.  It’s great for any predator fish that you’re after, like bass, toga, sootie or barra.  A little lure with a big sound– it’s bound to bring in those fish and get you the catch!

Picture courtesy of Hydro Flask
Picture courtesy of Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask, Wide Mouth Vacuum Water Bottle

You’re out on your boat or the bank of a river for hours you’re going to need some provisions to boost your energy and keep you going.  Whether you thrive off of minimal H2O hydration or need a near-constant caffeine fix to keep up your energy, this water bottle provides you with a well-insulated carrier for any liquid you choose.  The double-wall, leak-resistant vacuum of the Hydro Flask keeps hot contents hot for 12 hours and cold liquids cold for 24 hours!  The tough stainless steel is protected by a layer of rubber on the outside, so your hands and fingers won’t be harmed because of the temperature.  The steel interior is also food-grade tough and will not pick up any bacteria or odors when you clean it after use.  The wide mouth opening makes it easy to fill the bottle and is perfect for adding ice cubes for that extra refreshing kick.

Picture courtesy of Patagonia
Picture courtesy of Patagonia

Patagonia Capilene 4 Expedition Weight Zip-Neck and Bottoms

Layers are important, especially when you’re out in the elements pursuing your passion.  Patagonia provides the go-to polartec, power dry, high-efficiency base layers.  This fabric technology was designed and developed specifically for Patagonia.  These base layers aren’t as bulky as others, are very breathable and will provide you with constant warmth.  They are perfect for those in-between moments, that time when you find yourself waiting for your next big catch.

What are your essentials that helped you turn into a pro fisher?  Sound off in the comments!