PRE-SEASON TACKLE BOX PLANNING   Leave a comment

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“Duffer” is a colloquial or slang term for a mediocre or poor golfer. The term can be derogatory, but often isn’t. If you say, for example, “most of the golfers who play this course are duffers,” there’s nothing really insulting about that. After all, for most courses the majority of golfers on it will be mediocre to poor players (higher handicappers). And there’s nothing wrong with that!

I am a duffer when it comes to fishing. I did not seriously take it up until later in life.  I have fished with some great anglers but the largemouth bass is still out of my class.  Granted I sometimes hook a nice one but most get away.  Basically I just do not put enough effort into it.  Besides I tend to get sidetracked viewing the nature all around me and do not react to the bite in time.

Still I have studied the sport and the tackle used. Here are basics for pre-spawn tackle.

Deciding what lure to throw at pre-spawn largemouth bass can be a testy proposition. It does not have to be with a little advance planning.  Do not wait until you are out on the water before selecting your tackle.

Try to recall just which lures produced for you last year. Here are some suggestions.

Lures come in several types such as jigs, spinner baits, crankbaits and plastic worms. The jigs and spinner baits generally are any color as long as it is either white or chartreuse.  Maybe a combination of the two colors is acceptable.

For crankbaits stick to the shallow running ones, either lipless or square billed. Usually shad imitations are best.

Plastics include worms, Senkos and the large soft plastics like flukes. The best flukes are pearl or white in color.

Shakey heads with a plastic worm in green pumpkin or blue are good. Both colors work well with Senkos.

A small tackle box containing snaps, O-rings, and treble hooks of a variety of colors in sizes 8 through 2/0 cover a variety of problems that can develop on the water. Pliers, needle-nosed and split-ringed come in handy.  There are some pliers that fill both those requirements.

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