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Organize Your Tackle Box 

Get a jump on ‘spring cleaning’ for your favorite pastime. 

I’m probably not the only one who fumbles through a pile of tangled mess in my tackle box because I’d rather spend my time fishing than preparing for it.

However, pro anglers say that having your tackle box organized will increase your fishing success. Pick a bad-weather weekend and take the time to arrange a tackle box that’s sure to up your angling game.

Decide which type you want to be and get organized, or throw caution to the wind and grab what you’ve got and go. Either way, you’ve got a hook in the water!

Here’s a playful look at some enthusiasts who go overboard with their obsession. 

the traditionalist: 

The large plastic organizer tackle box with the double fold-out plastic divider lasts about 10 minutes on the water, then dumps your carefully crafted display into a heap. Back home, you’ll stack up the behemoth again, with the same result on the next trip.

the milk crater or wagoneer:

Some kayak anglers study YouTube videos about how to best organize their milk crate tackle box, then strap it to the back of their craft. The ungainly weight sometimes causes them to capsize. The saltwater variety of the milk crater is the wagon hauler. It’s all good until the shrimp bait spills in the wagon and these haulers have to take everything out to clean it.

the day boxer:

These anglers have an array of different tackle boxes, one for each location and type of fishing. They have a Lampasas River white bass box and a Fayetteville bass box, etc. Sounds great, but there’s always something missing because they didn’t buy line clippers or pliers or something for each box. They plan to get the needed gear out of the coastal wading box and put it in their summer catfish box, but they forget. Time to improvise.

the vest wearer:

 Some fly anglers attempt to strap everything on their super-organized vests. They probably spend as much time talking to the other fishermen on the river about their vest organization as they do actually catching fish.

 Alexey Lutsenko | Dreamstime.com

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