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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:48

Minimizing Tackle to Maximize Time

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Sometimes less can be more when fishing. ”Less” can help make you a better angler, and give you more confidence in different baits and presentations. I have three tips that have helped me in tournaments, as well as to enjoy more time fishing and less time tying on different baits.

Rig for the season. Fish respond differently to different baits throughout the year, while some baits work year round. Here is where keeping a fishing log can come in handy. Keeping track of just a few pieces of information can help make fishing more successful year after year. By tracking weather conditions, water temperature, location, and baits used, you can use the log as a great reference for tournaments or helping that new guy learn what works.

Take what’s needed. So many of us have loads of the same type of bait (I use soft plastic paddletails). Many anglers have their go-to brand for this bait, in a stack of different colors. To help save space, I like to take the information I have on water conditions and what’s working out there to decide on three different colors, and that is all that goes out. It took me from using an entire tackle box of one presentation to one or two small bags. For hard baits, I take only one small Plano box with what I know I am going to need: a few jigs, a couple suspending baits, maybe a topwater, and a spoon. That’s it - one small box and two bags of plastics time to fish.

Don’t give up on your baits. This can sounds shaky at first, and potentially cause a panic attack when you don’t have something you left at home. Keep calm, and keep working with what you brought. When you do your homework and present the bait properly, the fish will hit it. I love using this for my weekend fishing adventures. It keeps the clutter down, and helps make the time more about fishing and less about why I am not catching fish. When it comes to the tournament application, I will double what I take - two boxes and extra soft plastics. That is mainly due to extra time on the water and the potential to fish multiple locations in the same day.

Please get out there and try to find what works best for you. At a minimum, make sure you are having a fun and safe time.

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# TonyMSP 2015-02-11 09:58
Very helpful. Thank you
# marsh_life 2015-02-11 11:22
Good article... I keep a set number of plano boxes I take. When I run out of room, I then cull through my lures and take out what I'm not using or is not producing at the time, for whatever reason. My tackle constantly goes through a substitution system. Everything else is stored at home for another day or the garbage can. ;)
# brokedaddydave 2015-02-11 14:27
Good job on the write up Doug.
# wildrover 2015-02-13 10:02
Excellent article and it comes from someone with experience. Thanks, think I will go scale back my choices of what I will carry in the kayak. Really liked the article.
# Sky 2015-03-05 14:06
Looking at this has been my biggest hindrance I take everything out on my cuda 12 even if I know I'm only going to be on the water a hour today I'm going to go through my tackle and apply what you said thanks

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