3 Most Valuable Pieces of Equipment for an Angler

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What’s your MVPE – Most Valuable Piece of Equipment? Today we’re looking at the most valuable fishing equipment every angler needs. Items like lures, hooks, rods and reels are too general and are not included when considering an MVPE. An MVPE candidate is an item you can’t leave home without, is used frequently, and helps you catch fish.

Here is our list of the three most valuable fishing equipment items:

1. Needle Nose Pliers

A good pair of needle nose pliers is incredibly handy. They are essential in retrieving hooks in soft
mouth fish (catfish, bullheads, suckers, carp, etc.) and hooks that are lodged further down the throat of
a fish. They also are valuable in straightening hooks, cutting fishing line, tightening loose nuts and many
other things.

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2. Sunglasses

Sunglasses provide three important functions. First, they provide protection from the sun. UV light is incredibly harmful to your eyes. Nearly all sunglasses, including most cheap ones, provide at least some UV protection. Two, polarized sunglasses allow you to see through glare on the water. This gives you better views of your line and fish/vegetation. Three, they make you look cool. Even the goofiest person can look good in a sharp pair of sunglasses.

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3. Camera

BluegillSlayer.com is a huge advocate of C.P.R. – Catch, Photograph, and Release. Cameras provide you with the ability to share memories and document amazing trips. You can show the world what you’ve slayed without actually killing the fish. Nearly all modern cell phones take at least decent photographs. Digital cameras are very affordable and can take excellent shots. Action cameras like go-pros provide amazingly high quality video. Cell phones, digital cameras and go-pros all also have accessories that make them waterproof – a must if your clumsy or just don’t like the idea of wasting a few hundred bucks.

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Honorable Mention


Why it should have been included:

There are few things worse in life than a bad sunburn. It’s always one of those “in hindsight” things where you wish you would have used it (or more of it). The sun has always been a sneaky enemy of fisherman. Many anglers start out the day before sunrise and forget to apply it as the day goes by.

Additionally, some of the worse sunburns you experience occur on cooler days or days with some cloud cover. Between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, the sun’s UV light is the strongest, regardless of conditions or temperature.

Why it wasn’t included:

Sunscreen is important for all outdoor activities, not just fishing.


Why it should have been included:

Hats provide UV protection, allow you to see better and can cover up a bad bed-head look.

Why it wasn’t included:

T-shirts, pants and boots are all just as important if not more so.

Fishing Net

Why it should have been included:

Nets make handling toothy or extremely active fish easier. Trying to handle a Northern Pike with a crank bait in its mouth is virtually impossible to do by hand. Also, it’s always tough to miss getting a picture of a great fish because you weren’t able to get it in the boat.

Why it wasn’t included:

You don’t really need one to shore fish. You also don’t need one to catch bluegills and other smaller fish.



There are endless new products and things in a fisherman’s tackle box that are useful. Tell us in the comments below what your MVPE is. Thanks for reading!


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