Organizing Your Fishing Tackle Before Your Next Vacation
Whether you are at home or at your fishing cabin, you should take some thought to organizing your fishing gear so that it is clean, in good repair, and ready to use the next time you head out. This can save a lot of time and money that could be better spent on fishing.
At home, you should have a permanent place for your fishing gear for long-term storage. Fishing rods should go into racks where they are kept off the floor and away from children and pets. Tackle should be organized in a big tackle box. Waders (clean and dry) should be hung or kept in a storage tub.
If you have never organized your fishing gear, you may have to spend a significant amount of time restoring some of it into proper shape for use. You may want to tackle (ha ha) it in sections - focus on your rods and reels separately from your tackle.
Your rods and reels should be clean and serviceable. You can clean cork handles with mild soap and a scrub brush. WD-40 and an old toothbrush can help with reels. You should check your line and, if at all worn or frayed, cut off enough that you won't worry about it snapping the next time someone uses it.
Make or purchase a rack to stand your fishing rods in. This will eliminate damage caused by leaning against the wall or being accidentally stepped on and will also keep your rods away from children and pets.
Fishing lures and bait are probably going to be your worst enemy if you've not organized them sometime in the last decade. However, going through it will end up paying dividends the next time you just want to grab a tackle box and GO.
The first thing is to gather all of your tackle that you can find into one place. Separate the plastic from the metal, surface from spoon from spinner, etc. Organizing by color also works for some. Basically, you can organize your lures however best suits you. As you separate each lure, make sure that it is clean and not rusty before you assign it to a pile.
You can use freezer bags to organize soft baits, but for fishing lures, hard tackle boxes are best. There are many varieties on the market. If you fish for many different species, you might find that a 'main't tackle box for all of your equipment and a 'grab and go' tackle box will suit your diverse fishing needs.
Label all of your tackle, so you don't have to stop and think about replacing equipment in your new system. Tape or glue labels to the compartments of your hard tackle boxes and get a permanent marker for your freezer bags.
Tackle is best stored in a cool/dry situation rather than the variable temperatures and humidity of a boat or shed. Store in a room or basement.
Organizing your gear may take a long time and some effort. However, when you pack your bags for your next trip to the cabin, you'll be glad that you did. With a little time put in, you'll be able to grab your rod and tackle and just go for that next big catch!