As the ice melts and the weather begins to warm up, anglers prepare for their first Spring fishing expedition. Spring marks the peak season for a variety of popular game fish, from bass and trout to walleye and pike. Spawning season starts for many fish species in the Spring, making it an exciting, fast-paced time for anglers across the country.
Before you get out on the water this Spring, you’ll need to pack up your ice fishing gear and break out your Spring equipment. Now is a great time to check up on your equipment and make sure you have everything you’ll need for successful Spring season.
If it’s time to update your fishing gear, our friends at Fish307.com came up with this list of the top 10 items you’ll need for Spring. This top 10 list has your Spring essentials from trusted, high quality brands. Check out Fish307.com’s top 10 for Spring today so that you can make your first great catch of the season!
Engel 7.5QT Live Bait DryBox / Cooler
Engel has improved upon its already top-of-the-industry drybox and cooler. Based on customer feedback, they replaced the standard “hang tray” with an all-new pull net, making it easier to grab bait and change water. They also moved the air tube port into the lid, so that you can fill more of the box and to cut down on overflow splashing.
Challenger Jointed Minnow 4 ⅜ in., 12 colors
The Challenger minnow is trusted brand Challenger’s best-selling product. This lure is effective in catching a wide variety of fish in lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds. The Challenger minnow comes in 12 colors, some brighter or shinier to attract fish.
Humminbird HELIX5 CHIRP GPS 5” Portable Sonar GPS G2
Humminbird’s portable sonar is highly regarded as an industry leader, and their HELIX5 CHIRP GPS G2 Portable Sonar is an improvement upon other models. The new user interface and operating system features a color, LED backlit screen and portable CHIRP dualbeam plus sonar.
New Phase FG1425 Ultra Slim 8 Compartment Tackle Box
If it’s time for a brand new tackle box, this is the one for you. This clearview tackle box has eight separate compartments and its ultra slim design makes it easy to store with your other gear.
Fillet Away Fish Mat
The Fillet Away Fish Mat is made from high quality TPV material that does not absorb oil, making it easy to clean. The pegs help to hold the fish in place while you clean and cut, so that you can safely and easily fillet your catch.
Mustad 8” Serrated Fillet Knife – MT004
This serrated blade is made with German stainless steel and coated with Teflon to prevent corrosion and effortlessly slice through fish. The handle is ergonomically designed with a no-slip grip, and a rigid safety sheath prevents accidents.
Berkley Trilene XL Smooth Casting Fishing Line
America’s best selling microfilament is now stronger and smoother, with an improved formula for 20% greater knot strength and 50% greater wet strength. Berkley Trilene XL Smooth Casting Fishing line is also 20% more flexible for maximum manageability and smooth casting.
Okuma Convector Line Counter Trolling Reels
With a new self-lubricating gear system and a larger gear box with 50% more drag surface, the Okuma Convector can smoothly stop even the fastest fish. The ergonomically designed handle knob makes it easy to use this top-rated convector all day.
Fish307.com Downrigger Trolling Rods
Fos307’s trolling rods are lightweight and sensitive, but have a strong backbone for hooksets and forced releases. The custom graphite rods also feature a corrosion resistant reel to ensure a long life, whether freshwater or saltwater fishing.
Hemostats – Short Straight End
These hemostats are affordable and high quality. Made from stainless steel, they are great for removing hooks from fish and are sure to last.