It won’t be long now. Fishing retailers will start rolling out some of the biggest sales of the year later this month.
What better excuse to clean out and organize your tackle boxes, and make room for new gear.
Here are eight tips to help get you started:
- Go through everything you have. That way you know exactly what you have and what you need.
- Get rid of ineffective gear. Give it away, garage sale it or donate it to charity. Maybe someone else will have better luck with it.
- Determine the best way to organize the keepers. There are two main strategies: organizing by type of tackle or organizing by fish species. The latter works well when dealing with less gear, while organizing by tackle type is preferable when managing large inventories. Or use a combination of both.
- Everything should have a home. Plastic trays and bins with adjustable dividers are perfect for the job.
- Use clear plastic storage containers. They provide better visibility and allow quicker access to tackle than opaque containers.
- Keep similar tackle together. Arrange it according to type, size, shape and color.
- Keep soft baits in original packaging. If already opened, store them according to type and color in plastic bags to avoid a mess.
- Label everything. Use removable labels rather than writing directly on the containers. Add color coding to locate gear even faster.
Outdoor 101: First Aid in a Bottle
Carrying a first-aid kit is a good idea, even on day trips. To make a pocket-size version, fill a prescription bottle or similar container with a few of the essentials, such as antiseptic wipes, antibacterial cream, adhesive bandages, pain relievers and small tweezers.
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Catch of the Month
Here are prime fishing opportunities around the state in February.
- The Keys: bluefish, amberjack, jack, bonito, grouper, cobia, mackerel, barracuda, pompano, sailfish, shark, seatrout and snapper.
- Central: crappie, striper and snook.
- Northwest: crappie, grouper, seatrout, snapper, striper and triggerfish.
- Central West: bass, crappie, flounder, tripletail and sheepshead.
- Southwest: bass, amberjack, drum, crappie, sheepshead, ladyfish, mackerel, pompano, grouper and snapper.
Many of Curtis Condon’s fondest memories involve outdoor adventures with friends and family, whether fishing with old school buddies, backpacking in the mountains of the Northwest with his sons, or bird watching along the Gulf Coast with his wife. He feels fortunate having the opportunity to write about the outdoors and other subjects for more than 30 years.