One of the biggest dilemmas in fishing today is the amount
of tackle available to the weekend angler.
Every week I get bombarded with "new product" and the "latest
and greatest" in baits. I find myself wondering if fishing
every day for a year would get me ahead of the stack! I
become "gun shy" of another worm, another crankbait or other
plastic monstrosities that look like something from STAR
Well I am here to tell you that it is time for some changes
around here and I want you my loyal readers to try something
new this season, even if it is only one new lure or a new
line or a new scent.
My thought process for this article however, is that I am,
like most anglers, an "old fashioned" kind of guy when it
comes to tackle. I like what works and do not often stray
from my usual "go to" items.
To prove the point I frequently open my tackle boxes when
things get tough and I will nearly always reach for the
same two or three items. Adding a word to those of Martha
Stewart (no relation!) that is NOT a good thing!
As I grow more experienced with my fishing (ED note: Does
it ever end?) I find that I think more now than ever about
the type of fish I am targeting and where they might hide
if I were that fish. My next thought process is what are
they eating under these conditions? Which way is the wind
blowing, what is the water temperature etc, etc. My biggest
asset however is my "gut reaction". I cannot tell you how
many times I have said to myself (yes fishermen do talk
to themselves constantly!) "What in God's name are you doing
Charles"? "You know this is not going to work, so why are
you still throwing it"? Sound familiar?
I fish with several people who do not like certain types
of fishing style i.e. Carolina rig, crankbaits, buzzbaits
etc, etc. Well I am asking you to try the styles you do
not usually use, in your local lake or river. Try larger
sized baits than you usually throw, or a really bizarre
colored spinnerbait. You may surprise yourself with the
fish you catch. I went "out on a limb" with my fishing this
season and with five top ten places in the last five tournaments
I proved to myself that change is good and I feel this could
be my year because I dared to be different.
Here are a few fishing tackle items you might want to try
for the 2000/2001 season. I have tried and tested all these
items and can personally give my seal of approval!
SNAP-SET Spinnerbaits & Buzzbaits (608) 348-5614.
This is the best spinnerbait and buzzbait on the market!
Budz Fishin Wayz Gitzits (888) 758-2864
If you liked Bobby Garlands Gitzits, these are the new owners.
Hooks and G-Line by Gamakatsu. Available from Causeway Bait
and Tackle (516) 785-3223.
The best hooks fishing line in the world. Forget the rest
buy the best!
Kick-N-Bass fish attractant and scent (800) 605-2277.
Puts more fish in your livewell! This is the best fish attractant
I have EVER used!
So this season I have decided to not only open my tackle
boxes but also my mind to the possibilities of other lures
and accessories making the difference. All to often we are
fooled into using something because someone "only last week"
caught forty fish in two hours on such and such a bait!
Well I can tell you that I would have to see it with my
own eyes before I fall for that kind of chat ever again
and even then, would not try to duplicate it.
Please remember to practice catch and release for all your
freshwater species and if you are a saltwater fisherman
or woman, please only keep what you can eat and release
the rest. We have a God given resource here on Long Island,
let's all work together to keep it going for many more wonderful
Charles - Contact me with your questions or comments at