Tackle bags can sometimes be compared with our backyard sheds. We buy a great tool, maybe use it once or twice, and then need a place to store it before the next use. And that next use may not be anytime soon. So we place it in the shed and then the next thing we know, the shed is full and when we need that tool, you can’t find it.
Well, our tackle bags are a lot like those backyard sheds. We need a place to store our go-to items along with that special gear we purchased with the hope that it would work. And like storing dozens of tools in the shed, the fishing gear somehow gets shoved in our tackle bags and frequently gets lost or damaged.
Not only can gear get damaged but the angler can get injured reaching into their bag for something only to get stuck by a hook or bait knife.
Organization of fishing tackle and gear is imperative. Most anglers use plastic trays or zip lock bags to store items in their bag. Hooks, sinkers, floats and other items should be kept in their original containers if possible. Bags and boxes have many compartments which can be used for frequently use tools, extra line, scents.
So when the fish are biting or the blitz is on is no time to begin digging into you gear box or bag to retrieve something. It’s best to put things in their place where you can access them quickly before the big rush occurs.
Remember, your target species won’t wait around for you to rig up the right gear and catch them. You must be ready at any moment.
“Because most times you only have a moment to make that cast”.
Until next time – Tightlines – Capt. Tony