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Fishing Hack: Stow It, Don’t Throw It

Stow it, so you don’t have to throw it!

We as anglers invest a small fortune in fishing tackle every year (for some habitual offenders its weekly). Upwards of 6 Billion dollars a year is the latest published stats.  It is in our best interest to keep our tackle properly stored, cleaned and ready for any situation. Turning strikes into catches, while keeping tackle from prematurely failing.

I have often found that we will spend any amount of money on tackle, from inshore and offshore plugs, hooks, an assorted rigs. So, why do so many anglers turn to the cheapest storage systems available? I have spent upwards of over a $100 on one Black Bart plug, but have noticed I store it in a $9 rig bag. I asked myself, Why? It seems like a good way to save on my hobby, but is it?  So many times I have seen anglers of all skill levels open up a tackle box on the water and pull out a storage box only to find that everything inside is rusted, ruined and hundreds of dollars down the drain. Living and fishing the salty seas means that every trip that we take our tackle has been exposed to harsh abusive elements. So what can you do? It is simple. Start with a good stow-able box system that KEEPS THE ELEMENTS OUT. Choose a good waterproof system with proper seals, hinges and closures. This is one of the most important and easiest steps you can do to preserve your tackle.  Once you return to the dock or the house rinse your tackle off, lightly spray it down with a protective non-corrosive spray. Return your used gear back in its proper home in your waterproof storage system.

There are so many types of storage systems out from soft bags to hard boxes.  It really doesn’t matter the brand or style … just make sure it is waterproof and has sturdy hinges. Plano makes good boxes that can be stowed in a soft bag or put on shelf, box … etc. For that matter tupperware makes some great products as well and come in all shapes and sizes.


0323229_lAnother great storage tip … WD-40® your hooks?  Urban legend has it that WD-40® contains fish oil and therefore you will catch bigger fish.

Fact: Consumers have told us over the years that they have caught some of the biggest fish ever after protecting their fish hooks and lures with WD-40®.  We believe this legend came from folks assuming that the product must contain fish oil since it appears to attract fish.  Sorry Charlie, it just ain’t so.” (excerpt from the website – found here: http://wd40.com/cool-stuff/myths-legends-fun-facts)

Yes, we do know there is some controversy about pollution, this is supposed to be a light spray to prohibit rust and corrosion not used as an actual attractant as stated above. There are plenty of food grade sprays that are also available. The point is that it doesn’t deter the fish.  It does keep your hooks from rusting out. Again, storing your tackle properly will keep it from prematurely failing and turn strikes into catches.

Finally one last tip: sort your lures, rigs and terminal tackle by categorizing, and labeling them. It will make you more productive on the water and keep your investment working for you when you.


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