Your tackle box is much like Batman?s utility belt, except for fishing. The equipment you carry inside your box should allow you to solve any sort of fishing problem and specifically target types of fish. The problem that you need to solve as an eco-friendly fisherman is how to put together top-quality gear that will allow you to catch fish without harming the environment.
1.No Lead Weights
Lead weights have been outlawed, but they still exist. If you like to buy secondhand, be wary of lead weights.,
2.Bring an Old Pill Bottle
One of the problems of fishing is getting caught on snags. The goal is to retrieve your gear without breaking your line. If you break your line, you pollute by leaving a hook, line and sinker in the lake. My grandfather used to bring an couple of orange pill bottles along. They were rigged to slide down the line and float above the hook. The pill bottle would pull the hook free by coming at the problem from a different angle. He had about a 95% success rate. Remember to wash your pills bottles thoroughly before exposing to the lake water.
3.Biodegradable Fishing Gear
Even with a 95% success rate, 5 times out of a hundred, you?d lose some gear. You can reduce your negative environmental impact by employing biodegradable fishing gear. Bioline makes biodegradable fishing line. You can also find lures that biodegrade as well.
4.Proper Tackle Box Care
To make your tackle box last longer, you should clean it out from time to time. Remove all contents. Wash with light soap and warm water. Some recommend that you spray fish scent on your hands when handling tackle.
Here?s a chance to do to two eco-friendly things at the same time. Build a worm composter to get rid of food waste. And use the excess worms to fish. You?ll reduce packaging waste by growing your own worms. Think about all little fridges that sale mass-produced live bait from Canada. That?s a carbon footprint right there.
6.Pack a Tape Measure
Always follow the size guidelines when catching fish. It?s more challenging, and it?s the right thing to do for the fish population.