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Texas Fishing Necessities

When preparing to embark on a fishing trip in Texas, it is important to consider your necessary supplies. Be sure to make a list before you leave for your Texas fishing adventure. Make your arrangements based on weather conditions, and always plan ahead in case of emergency. Most importantly, don't forget to bring your official credentials and identification along for the trip. For more information on Texas fishing necessities, read below.

Essential Texas Fishing Gear and Documents

When you are fishing in Texas, there are a number of essential items and gear you'll need to have with you. For a comprehensive list and description of essential gear, download this Texas Fishing License Checklist & Forms Packet.

Identification and Documents

Always remember to bring your identification and all documents related to your fishing trip, including:

  • Driver license
  • Fishing license
  • Vehicle or boat registration and insurance

Bring Cash

Many supply stores, convenience stores and marinas may not accept credit cards or checks.

Safety and Survival Gear

Some fishing destinations are usually isolated from populated areas especially those out at sea, which often makes it difficult for help to arrive, should an emergency occur. You should carry the following basic items with you on every fishing trip.

  • Water
  • Food
  • First Aid Kit
  • Compass & map
  • Life vest (if at sea)
  • Clothing & Personal Supplies

Of vital importance to fishing safety in Texas are your clothes. Because you can never be too sure about the weather in both Texas freshwater and saltwater fishing destinations, you should always be prepared.

  • Extra Socks
  • Boots
  • Undergarments
  • Shirt & pants
  • Raingear
  • Waders
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Swim trunks


The type of equipment you will bring on a fishing trip will vary depending on the type of fishing you will be doing in Texas. It is recommended that you bring only the equipment you know you will need, as carrying extra, unnecessary, items will only make your trip harder and heavier than it needs to be.

  • At least two fishing rods per person
  • A variety of bait, tackle and chum
  • An extra spool of fishing reel
  • Fishfinder or GPS
  • A cast net
  • Dehooking devices
  • Venting tools
  • Ice chest
  • Live bait well
  • Buckets
  • Knives
  • Extra gasoline for your boat