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It’s Tackle Box Clean-Up Time

 

News from Sportsmanslifestyle.com

Is your tackle box an item that should wait until spring to receive a good, thorough cleaning? Not if you want to be ready for your favorite sport when spring arrives. Let’s face it, when that warmer weather moves in, you’ll want nothing more than to grab the box, get out on those lakes, streams, and rivers, and cast, cast, cast.

 

From replacing the box itself to repairing lures, tying new flies, and sharpening hooks – now is the time to start doing it all in order to be completely prepared when the ice melts and the fish begin to bite if you did any fishing this past year, which if you are an avid angler you most certainly did – it’s a safe bet that your tackle box is beyond disorganized right now. Or just a total mess. While cleaning happens, you can take a complete inventory, so you know what you’ll need to get.

 

If the tackle box is in good shape (and you don’t want to head to Amazon to find that way cooler one that you’ve wanted for a good, long time), then you can move on to step two.

 

Clean off the countertops and tabletops and remove everything from the box – this includes untangling all the mixed up/looped together threads, flies, etc., and sorting everything into piles, so you take an accurate count of it all. Make sure you also have at your disposal another large container that can be filled with broken items, rusted equipment and lures, and all the other debris that somehow always builds up inside that box.

 

Once you have everything emptied, give that tackle box a complete washing with soap and hot water, scrubbing until it’s clean and presentable once again. Rinse well and dry, seeing that you need that interior to be completely dry before the restocking process begins.

 

Now is the best time to take that inventory. With a pen and paper, make a list of what you have on hand to see what you will need to purchase before next year’s first fishing trip comes around. Some examples that should be on your list are: Fishing Line, bobbers, lures, jigs. leaders, swivels, hooks (all types and sizes), a stringer, a knife, scale/ruler, a flashlight, and never forget the very important First Aid kit.

 

Everyone has different items they love and feel are needed, so make sure to inspect everything and get rid of the items that definitely need to be replaced.

 

In addition, make sure to test your hooks at this time, seeing as that they will have to be sharpened in order to be ready for the next trip. Anglers will tell you that an easy way to test the sharpness of your hooks is to run the point across your fingernail. If it catches, the sharpness is just fine; if it slides along the fingernail with no problems, odds are you’ll lose more fish than you’ll catch if you don’t take the time to sharpen the hook before replacing it back in the tackle box.

When you are finished cleaning and reorganizing, and the box is nice and dry, restock everything in the way that best meets your needs and preferences.

Now comes the hard part…waiting for spring to arrive. Unfortunately, there are no magic lists to help you with that one. Happy Holidays, everybody!

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