By Adam Smith -
Hey guys, I was out in my boat doing a little organizing and thought I would share a few things that have helped me organize my gear to help reach
maximum time fishing on the water and lead to less clutter. I have listed 5 things that I have found useful and hope you can find something to help be more organized on the water.
Lay all your gear out and become familiar with where everything is and what all you have. This seems pretty obvious but I know in the past I have been out on the water and thought I had everything I needed and come to find out there was a pack of baits that I forgot at home. Also just becoming familiar with where everything is stored is very important, this will lead to less time getting wasted on the water searching for what you need. So before fishing season starts or your next tournament take some time to lay out everything you have, learned it all, and take a tally of all your gear.
Tip 2 you hear all the time and if you have not listened to it yet your missing out. Tip 2 is to get rod sox. I have rod sox on all of my Denali Rods. Not only will this help with saving time taking your rods in and out of the rod locker but I don’t know how many rods I broke just last year moving my rods around and scratching the blank or breaking a guide. So get some rod sox you will love them.
I like to change out all of my hooks on all of my crankbaits except jerkbaits. I will save all my old hooks for pre fishing or if I need to look at the size of hook the lure came with. In the containers above I will store old and new hooks but keep them all separated by doing this I have a large selection of different styles of hooks to choose from. I feel like this helps a lot more than putting all the hooks in a Plano tackle box because once you do that they will get mixed up and you don’t know what is what. So if you get a chance find some inexpensive containers and organize your hooks and/or weights.
Tip 4 is very similar to tip 1. Even if you are very familiar with your tackle you should still label everything. If you want to be a little neater than myself you can type up labels on the computer and print them out with the name of everything in each box but duck tape worked good for me. Also when organizing and labeling be sure to try and group things that go together, that will make it a lot easier in the long run. So not only do you want to become familiar with where everything is and what you have but label and keep similar tackle together.
I actually have not got to use this yet but so far it seems awesome. I came across this at the Detroit Fishing Show. This is called the Gear Grabbar. It is very easy to install and works great. The whole thing is magnetic so there are different spots you can put baits, hooks, and other gear. I am very excited to use the gear grabbar this season. While you’re pre-fishing, breaking down the water, and figuring out what baits, will change what your Gear Grabbar holds. When the day of your tournament comes the Gear Grabbar will allow you to be worry free of digging for baits. Everything you need should be stocked up and ready to go.
Hopefully you have learned or seen something new to organize your boat and tackle. Thanks for reading and good fishing!
Adam is one of the true up-and-comers in freshwater sports angling. A hardcore tournament angler and native of Napoleon, Ohio, Adam fished over 24 tournaments by the age 18. Adam, has made it a personal goal to introduce high school bass fishing to high schools through out Ohio to start kids fishing earlier in tournaments. He is currently sponsored by several companies including:
ThunderShadCrankbaits.com, SecretWeaponLures.com, SkinnyBearBassJigs.com, and powerteamlures.com
Check out Adam’s website at: http://adamsmithbass.com/