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The Perfect Time to Organize or Reorganize

For some, heading out to the lake and bass fishing is either not an option or is less emphasized than in the warmer months. For others, we are fortunate enough to be able to get on the water the majority of the year. For both groups of folks, there are those down times that are perfect for

organizing or reorganizing.


For some, heading out to the lake and bass fishing is either not an option or is less emphasized than in the warmer months. For others, we are fortunate enough to be able to get on the water the majority of the year. For both groups of folks, there are those down times that are perfect for

organizing or reorganizing.


I am making a change in some of the types of boxes I use for storing my tackle. For many years, I have taken baits out of bags and put them into containers of like kinds with a variety of color options. This works, but it is also sometimes not what works best for me. I am planning to slowly

transition to bait bags with bags of baits. Once I figure out the color or colors for an outing, I can place the bag in my pocket or leave bait bag out on the deck of boat. The thought is that this will save me some time vs pulling an entire box out to find the bait I want.




A second change made, I actually started this past year is to move to smaller boxes for my crankbaits. Additionally, I have paired down on the variety of colors. I find that I rotate through a baseline of colors that work for me and the lakes that I fish. I can now keep a wider variety of tackle in my boat. With the items labeled, it makes it easier to find and swap out as needed.



This reorganization time also allows me to restock and get a variety of tackle ordered for the upcoming season. Yes, there will still be items I have to order from Bait-wrx.com throughtout the year for different lakes, but that hopefully will be greatly reduced.


My next organization task is my shelving in boat storage. I have placed things in larger containers for loading into my truck for trips and for filling the containers in my boat. These big toats also help me to clean up and get baits back together after an event or during a lull time in the season. I also “shop” out of these during events. It does mean that I carry a lot of tackle to events, just in case I need them. As with anything, it is a work in progress.




My final orgainzation is with my rods. I color code the rod covers based upon their job. As an example, my black and orange are for my crank baits. My black and red are for my jigs and Texas Rigs; yellow is Carolina rig. This color coding allows meto quickly look in my box to pull the technique or techniques I am using for the day. It also allows me to pull rods from the racks quickly when I am planning and packing for a trip.




Hopefully some of these tips will help you better organize or do some cleaning up when you have some time off the water.



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