"Taming Your Tackle, Part 3"
Soft plastic, or often called "worm", binders are a great way to pack a lot of tackle into a small place. While very useful for storing soft plastic baits; they are also good for storing rigs and other terminal tackle as well. Avoid large bulky items to get the most out of your binders, and avoid overstuffing them. Too much stuff, and they become very hard to flip through(I can tell you that from personal experience!)
Pro Tip: If using binder for storing soft plastics, try and keep the baits in their factory package when possible. This will allow you to pack two colors per "page". Also, when you lock onto the magic color for the day; it is easier to pull that pack of baits out and have it readily available.
"Taming Your Tackle, Part 2"
Keeping a couple small 'go-to' boxes packed for different species/tactics is an easy way to keep your tackle organized, and eliminate un-needed clutter on any given fishing trip.
Depending on your target species or fishing trip these boxes will vary greatly; but with a little thought and careful packing it is possible to pack a big punch with a small box. While you don't want to leave anything behind, or wish you had that box of lures sitting in the garage; not having a huge tackle box to dig through can be a huge time saver.
Example: Pictured is my go-to big snook box. It always has jigs, a few swim baits, leader, and pliers in it. I feel confident in that selection, and have no need for a lot of other extra stuff in the box.
Pro Tip: Keeping unneeded tackle in its original package greatly preserves its life. It is amazing how many lures, hooks, and other terminal tackle become rusty or corroded in a tackle box and have never even been used. Keep it sealed in the package, when practical.
"Taming Your Tackle, Part 1"
Having an organized tackle system, be it big or small, is a absolute must. Knowing where to find what you are looking for, in a split second, can be the difference between a few extra bites or missed opportunities.
Over the next week; Capt. Eric
(www.freighttrainfishing.com) and I will be sharing some great ideas, tips, and tricks for organizing and storing your tackle. Including: inexpensive easy storage options, packing for different situations, reducing waste, and more.
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