With the arrival of January, itís
time to start gearing up for the coming bass bonanza of spring.
For some guys itís been a month or two since they even
looked in their boats or tackle boxes.
You know you need some new tackle, but do you remember what
you need? I like to
take advantage of the cold days of January.
It is the perfect time to go out to the garage and just go
through your tackle.
year I look forward to the boat and tackle shows so I can
capitalize on all the bargains that I can find. But a bargain is just a bargain if I need the product and I
will use it. The last
thing I need is to add more weight to my boat and one more thing
to dig through to find the baits that I consistently use.
Iím not saying that you donít need to buy new products.
It just makes sense to restock on your favorite baits that
you will definitely use.
letís look at the soft plastic portion of our tackle.
I buy ten-inch Power Worms by Berkley and Mega Ring Shads
by Gene Larew in one hundred count bags.
I use them consistently and I know that I will need them
this year. I put them
away in late fall and there is know way that I can remember how
many of each color I still have.
So I bundle up and go out to my boat and just start going
through my worm bags. This is a good time to take the partial packs and combine
them. If I have six
bags of watermelon lizards, chances are that three packs of them
have some lizards taken out of the package.
I just donít have time during prime fishing weather to
combine them. (I
mean, if I have time to sort tackle, I have time to go fishing.)
So I take all of them and
get a general count. Then I combine them so that I can make more
room in the bag. I do
that with all the baits that I buy multiple packages of.
Then I look to make sure that I have a good number of them
so that I will not get somewhere and run out.
If I am low on them, I just start a list.
Even when you live, eat, sleep and breathe fishing you can
still forget. So
donít be afraid to write it down.
I move to the hard baits and do the same thing.
I like to make sure that I have at least five to ten of my
favorite RattleTraps by Bill Lewis. In spring when fish pull up on shallow windy points and
RattleTraps are what they want, you donít want to run out.
When you are throwing them on those big flats, you are
bound to loose a few. Do
the same thing with your lipped crankbaits as well as your
move on to the skirted baits.
If you read my column often, you know that they account for
at least half of the fish I catch and they are my favorite to
throw. When looking
through your jigs, be sure that you have plenty of your favorite
colors. You also need to be sure that you have a good selection of
colors that you can use when the fishing gets tough.
You donít want to just keep chunking the same old colors
that everyone else is throwing at them.
I want at least eight black and blue Thunder Rattle Jigs by
Cyclone Baits and at least ten other colors to choose from.
With Jigs it is easy to see the colors that you have. But it is also easy to forget to check the weights that you
have in them. Remember
that bass donít always want a Ĺ oz. jig.
You need more than just one size.
This is also important to remember when you are going
through your spinnerbaits. You
donít just need to have the right color, you also need to have
the right size. A
good rule for me is to try to have at least three Big Easy
Spinnerbaits by Cyclone Baits in shad scale, white,
chartreuse/white and straight chartreuse.
It is a good idea to have three of each color in at least
only thing worse than finding what fish will bite and then losing
it is not having another one to tie on. You can go a long way towards not letting this happen by
being prepared. Make
a list and take it with you to the trade shows.
Donít leave the success of your next fishing trip to
a few for seed,