Filling Holes in Your Tackle Boxes

Even tough guys have to admit that a lot of fishing lures are
pretty.

But only the smartest anglers can see past holographic
attributes- even bright red diving lips- to understand whether any
given lure would add to their collection from a fishing
standpoint.

Tackle boxes should be more like tool boxes than they are, for most
people.

Your tackle boxes should be loaded up with lures that serve you
well, in your local fishing and on your angling adventures.

As you organize your tackle boxes, take stock of your collections
so as to choose new lures that address needs.

In other words, look for ‘holes in your lineup.’ Pretend you are
running a baseball team. If you already have two good third
basemen, you would not sign a free agent third baseman. Your team
might need a good relief pitcher and a left fielder at the moment,
so you would ‘shop’ for those positions instead.

This is a solid analogy when it comes to shopping for fishing
lures.

Know where the holes are in your tackle boxes.

When choosing lures, you have to detach yourself a bit and focus on
categories of lures. No matter how large your lure collection
becomes, try to remain master of it, manager of it. The goal should
be to collect a variety of presentation styles at each depth
level.

It can get confusing, but you need to approach your lure shopping
with the big picture in mind. Your first priority should be to
gather a small collection of lures that covers a wide range of
depths. It’s better to have a simple selection of a few lures that
cover all the depths you are likely to probe than a huge pile of
lures that all run in the same general depth levels. Covering a
variety of depths is more important, generally speaking, than lure
color, as you place priorities early in your days of building a
tackle assortment.

Begin with a few lures that cover each distinct depth level, then
gradually buy additional lures of varying shape and color that
cover the same depths as others you already own. Then, begin
fine-tuning by adding more colors and a wider variety of lures –
some of which cover the same general depth level as those you
already own, but have a different action – so you can experiment
with different offerings in the same depth zone while trying to
figure out what the fish want.

Choose lure colors based on several factors, not the least of which
is regional history. Some colors just simply produce in some areas,
and different species have been known to hone in on different
colors. You can pick up this local knowledge by talking with good
fishermen and bait shop sales people.

But also think about the general rules of thumb that have served
anglers well for many years. Bright, fluorescent color patterns
(like firetiger) tend to work well in stained and dirty water. A
variety of both subtle colors (shad, perch, crawdad) and flashy
ones (silver and gold, for example) work well in clear water. The
new holographics seem to have their days in both clear and stained
waters.

It gets slightly complex, but strive to understand what sort of
presentation you can create with each lure in your collection. Some
lures have subtle, rolling actions, while other lures that might
run the same depth would have a wider wobble, and still others
would have the potential to create erratic and unpredictable
presentations.

The goal is to have a tackle collection built around catching fish,
no matter how deep they are at the moment… and to be able to
offer different ‘looks’ to the fish, once you find them, until you
figure out what they’ll bite on.

 

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