List op equipment 

When we prepare a fishing trip, we pack our fishing gear from a fixed basic list. This list contains items that are generic for every fishing trip we make. However, for each travel destination we make the list more specific, looking for the ideal mix between minimum weight and maximum flexibility.

In addition to 'standard' fishing gear, we also list various other items that we have found useful in recent years. Of course, we always take into account factors such as climate area, accommodation (hotel or tent) and 'fishing conditions' (wading, or from a boat). In addition, we also have some tips on how to pack all your stuff (also in relation to customs). Of course we will give you detailed information about the materials you really should bring along for your trip.

The basis of our fishing set are the following rods:

  • 50 lbs, 180 cm - for trolling and heavy bottom fishing
  • 20-30 lbs, 210 cm - shads and jigs 150 - 350 grams +
  • uptide rod 150-250 gr, 240-270 cm - popping, beach fishing
  • spinning rods 50-150 gr, 300 cm - light piling, plugs
  • spinning rods 10-40 gr, 210 cm

Of course we bring matching (multipier) reels for our rods with spare spools. And in addition we take some extra spools with 300 metre or more braided line of different thicknesses as a spare.

We transport the rods in rod cases. There are several models on the market that do not contain PVC. (PVC seems to break at 'below zero temperatures' in the cargo area of an airplane; by the way, IN the beginning we used a piece of sewer pipe as a transport tube and that went well ...).

We put our other materials in several flat Plano or Flambeau boxes.

Leaders: you can't carry enough material for this, because fish are sometimes picky, or you lose a lot of material. We always have the following material with us:

  • Fluorocarbon 30/00, nylon 50/00, 75/00 and 120/00
  • 50 kg steel wire (7-Strand), sleeves and pliers
  • Pianowire


  • Long shank 8, 4, 1/0, 10/0,
  • Circlehooks 4, 1/0 and 8/0 - for (live) baitfish - don't strike, but calmly 'tighten' the drag!
  • Treble hooks 1 and 3/0
  • Lead (2 of everything) - it's worth checking in advance if you can buy lead, leadheads, pilks / jigs on the spot. Saves a lot of pounds!
  • Torpedo : 50, 75, 100
  • Anchor : 100, 150,
  • Round : 250, 375, 500
  • Pilks / jigs: 40, 60, 80, 100, 150, 250, 300, 400, 500
  • Poppers (up to 150 grams), lures and stickbaits (saltwater and freshwater fishing)
  • Shads, twisters, Eddystone eels, gummymakks, squids and other rubber
  • Lead heads: 15, 25, 75, 100, 150, 175, 200 gr
  • Swivels crosslock- 100 lbs, 200 lbs
  • Zip-gliders
  • Anti-tangle
  • Floats
  • Feather paternosters (for catching baitfish)
  • Bait - worms, squid, mackerel, herring - frozen
  • Brakelights
  • Gaff/net/lip-gripper
  • Pliers / Leatherman
  • Tape measure
  • Old towel
  • Rod holder
  • Budpad/breast harness/gloves for long drills
  • Rope with carabiner for attaching the rod/reel to the boat during biggame fishing
  • Cap / Hat (against sun or cold)
  • Rain gear
  • Warm clothing (fish overall)
  • Gloves (waterproof)
  • Boots, wading suit
  • Hand warmer/Heated socks
  • Sunglasses - polarizing!!!!!
  • Filleting knife - in fish box/bag for border control!
  • Zipper freezer bags
  • Garbage bags
  • Thermos flask (for coffee / tea)
  • Food (cereal bars, nuts, sausage, cheese)
  • Power glue and Ducktape (for small repairs)
  • Spare top eye and eyes
  • Permit (if necessary abroad)
  • Boating license, radio, radar licenses (just in case ...)


Please note that your suitcase(s) and rod case(s) can be thoroughly checked during border checks. Therefore, do not pack your fishing gear in your hand luggage, but in your suitcase and keep in mind that the suitcases can be opened (with force if necessary!), especially if you are travelling to or via the USA. Put old cloths or socks in the fishing rod case to prevent fishing rods from contacting each other during transport.


For general use we consider the following stuff:


Passport, (travel) insurance card, cash (for tips - check how this is handled on the spot), bank card, printed tickets, electricity adapter, extension cord, flashlight and batteries, photo/video equipment, washing powder, sewing kit, mobile phone (program local emergency numbers!) + charger.

Clothing: it depends very much on the location, but in any case goes in the suitcase: (Teva-) sandals or boat shoes - for on the boat (bare feet is sometimes dangerous because of hooks) or in the evening in the house, fleece sweater (also pleasant during a colder evening in the tropics, long-sleeved shirt and trousers with long legs against the strong sun in warm areas, fleece jacket, sports / swim pants, thermo underwear, towel.

Of course we also bring toiletries, supplemented with nail clippers (also useful for finishing underlines), tweezers (against splinters), large bottle of sun lotion!, earplugs (for on the plane or against your buddies snoring) and toilet paper.

A carefully composed medicine kit can solve many problems; the contents are always minimal: a large pack of loperamide (against diarrhoea), Paracetamol 500 (against fever and pain), plasters and tape, a medicine against travel/seasickness, mosquito oil (our preference is DEET, the strength depends on the travel destination), Azaron (against the effect of an insect bite), supplemented with ointment to relieve bruises and/or burns (eg. Arniflor and Calendulan), ointment against damaged and cuts on the hands.


In order to prevent the effects of all kinds of nasty insects or the effects of bacteria and viruses, for some areas it is necessary to obtain vaccinations against mainly Hepatitis A and/or B, diphtheria, tetanus and polio via the general practitioner or a travel clinic; this may vary per destination. Also think of medication to prevent malaria and bring a mosquito net as extra protection if the destination is in the tropics.

Depending on the accommodation, you can pack the following 'sleeping gear': sleeping bag or set of sheets, tent, ground sheet, mat, (inflatable) pillow - also for airplanes. If you are camping, here is a basic list for some cooking and eating stuff: burner, fire, cutlery, can opener, fuel and bottle, pots and pans, screen (against wind), plate, cup, scissors, silver foil, detergent, washing-up liquid, tea towel, tea bags, coffee, filters, filter holder, corkscrew.

Please note that during various trips on the plane or at the airport you will need to apply for a temporary visa by filling in various documents. Always keep your passport and a pen handy on the plane!


For other questions you can always contact us via [email protected]