The last fishing report of the year and there's not much to report. I got skunked every time I went out this past week. Bank fishing is off for now, I guess. We might try the boat if the weather is nice and see how that goes. I will probably still bank fish whenever I can, but my expectations are low.
Since I don't have any good fishing to report, I'd like to talk about gear.
First off, my 'go bag' as Hubs calls it.
addition to my tackle box, which I'll get to in a minute, I carry a bag
of stuff with me when I go fishing. It's actually a book bag, but
since I don't generally carry books around and if I did I have a nicer
bag to use, I have altered the purpose. It's just a burgundy tote with a
little interior pocket - which makes it perfect for my purposes.
Inside I keep 1) a waterproof baggie with my fishing license, a travel
size packet of tissues, a roll of antacids, and a tube of lip balm, 2)
two hand towels for wiping worm and fish gunk off my hands, 3) a pair of
gloves in case it gets cold, 4) a rubberized glove for touching really
grody stuff, 5) a garbage bag for carry my fish to the car, 6) a smaller
plastic grocery bag for garbage. That stuff stays in the bag so I can
grab it and go (hence the term 'go bag'). Before I leave I put my
driver's license and $3 in the little pocket, so I don't have to carry
my purse and leave it unprotected in my car. That way I'm driving legal
and can buy worms at $2.90/dz. I also add in a bottle of water and the
container of worms.
Next, I carry my tackle box. It's
a small tackle box. One tray with like 7 slots for lures and things
and a bottom part for other stuffs like a knife, a stringer, bobbers,
hand sanitizer*, etc. In the slots, there are 6 small ones and one long
one. The long slot is for pre-rigged hooks. I affixed foam rubber on
either side to keep the hooks untangled and the line lays in the
middle. I also keep a boxed Rapala top water lure in there to hold down
the line so it doesn't get tangled in there. The smaller slots are as
follows: 1) pre-rigged artificials, 2) small lures and jigheads, 3)
sinkers and swivels, 4) a crankbait lure, 5) two rattletrap lures, 6)
spinner baits and buzzbaits, my little measuring tape, leaders. Simple
The only other things I carry are my pretty pink
Signature rod and reel combo. I keep another rod and reel in the car
in case of emergencies. I don't want to get out there again, have my
reel die, and have to drive all the way home. Now, I just have to walk
back to the car. (And if I'm fishing a ways away from the car, I carry
That's it for me. Fishing made simple for the less than competent angler.
*I carry hand sanitizer to disinfect wounds, not for general hand cleaning. Like if I put a hook in my finger or a testy bluegill spears my hands with its spiny dorsal fins. Anything bleeding is doused, so worm dirt and gunk doesn't get into the wound.