Studies show that in the business world, organized people are generally more successful than those who are not. The same can be said about organized bass anglers. Think about it:
- Organized anglers can accomplish more on the water by wasting less time digging through tackle.
- Organized anglers can be more productive and efficient with the time they save.
- Organized anglers are more focused on the next bite because they are not distracted by clutter.
In bass fishing, so much is out of our control. But one thing we can control is our organization. To me, angling organization begins with your tackle. Waiting out a long winter can be frustrating. But it also provides a great opportunity to get your lures and soft plastics in order for next season.
Whether you have the luxury of a spacious bass boat, or you keep your tackle in a backpack, finding storage boxes and bins that maximize your available space is key.
I use boxes to store my terminal tackle and hard baits. When it comes to boxes, I’m partial to the Flambeau Tuff ‘Tainers with Zerust Corrosion Protection. These boxes come in a bunch of shapes and sizes, and are very durable. And most importantly, they are rust-resistant! The boxes are treated with a special chemical that seals the boxes when they are closed, keeping moisture out. Is there anything worse than opening your crankbait box to find all of your hooks rusted out?
Bins are great receptacles for storing bags of soft plastics. A lot of anglers take their plastics out of the bag and store them directly in boxes, but from my experience they won’t last as long out of the package. Also, by storing your plastics in their bags, you can transport them into a co-angler box or backpack easier than having to bring an entire storage box with you.
And for wired baits, the Cooks Tackle System is pretty unique system if you have a boat.
Labeling the contents of your boxes and bins will save you a ton of time on the water. I rarely spend more than a couple of seconds finding what I need, which gives me a time advantage over competitors who have tackle scattered all over the place. A label maker is ideal, but if you don’t want to drop the money on one, a piece of tape and a permanent marker will get the job done.
Do you have a favorite tip for tackle storage? Feel free to share by leaving a comment.
If you follow Ohio Bass Blog regularly, you will recognize the name Corneilus Harris. “Corn” had a heck of a fall and winter fishing the AEP ReCreation Lands last season, landing a number of Ohio toads. The Columbus Dispatch published a nice article about him Sunday, which can be read here. Congrats buddy!