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screamingreel

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Jan 14, 2006
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Jeff Burroughs
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On one hand it is okay to bring what you want as long as it does not get in the way of others. One the other hand, it is your trip so do what you want. Hopefully we can all work it out peacefully or at least mock the "offenders". Over the years I have seen so many amusing excess-gear situations, it is truly comical.

On 1.5 to 3 day trips with variable-sized BFT possible, I bring 25/30, 40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 130 and a 40 long-rod surface iron set-up. I usually only use 3 or 4 of these set-ups per trip, but I never know which ones until I am on the water. I do use a very small tackle box. The trips I go on have more than enough rod holders for everything we bring.

The thing that makes no sense to me on any length trip are all the bags, milk crates, chairs and coolers strewn about the deck and in the way of getting to a tacklebox - real 1st world problems!

Looking forward to my next trip...

- Jeff
 
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plj46

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It would be physically impossible for me to give less of a fuck what other people bring or don’t bring on the trip they paid for.
I would agree except for when there is no good place (or any place) to put your rods or tackle box other than to scatter your own stuff all over the boat.
 
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Scold

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I would agree except for when there is no good place (or any place) to put your rods or tackle box other than to scatter your own stuff all over the boat.
Those are two separate issues. The problem you stated in your post does not arise from the amount of gear one brings, but rather from individuals who are inconsiderate in regards to where they place/store their gear.
 
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Blind Luck

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I just carry my lures with or ON me.
Who needs a tackle box😂😂😂😂😂

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hucklongfin

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Jul 3, 2003
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I remember Chuck’s beer can charters! I never needed enough to fill a can. It just reminded you of what was actually important. Of course back in the Albie days all you needed were a few #2 hooks.
 
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hucklongfin

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I'd love to reduce the amount of gear I bring but can't figure out how many jigs, snipers, and flat falls is enough?
On an offshore trip targeting BFT? Two of each is plenty. A YT trip? 3 surface irons and 2 yoyo Iron. I’m pretty much packed up for my Cedros trip at the end of Aug and it would all just about fit in a 12 oz can.

All I lost on my 8 day last month was a 100gm Colt Sniper to a Mako. In terms of jigs, I only used one FF, one knife jig and the one sniper.
 
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vegasandre

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You don't want me to be on any of your trips..that is for sure- LOL.
hmm for a 1-3 day with known possibilites of larger fish..

2 popping specific Spinning stella rods. (1 for small to medium and 1 for big only)
2-3 jigging specific rods. (1 PE4 1 PE7 and 1 PE10(if biggies are going to be around)
1 surface iron specific rod (YT or colt sniper type)
bait out fits from 20-100 (usually bring 1 25 lb kelp small stuff rod, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 80/100
and a kite outfit because the boats kits outfits are beat to shit usually.

no less than 50 jigs 10 surface iron and 10 poppers. and that is for any trip.
Multiples of all of my favorite jigs. must have 3x of my go to's..

may I not use most of them- YES
but if I Ido and it's home... well that sucks.
Cleaning it up afterwards- I don't dig it but the :
not having it is > >>than not having to sort it later (for me)
 

Scold

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You don't want me to be on any of your trips..that is for sure- LOL.
hmm for a 1-3 day with known possibilites of larger fish..

2 popping specific Spinning stella rods. (1 for small to medium and 1 for big only)
2-3 jigging specific rods. (1 PE4 1 PE7 and 1 PE10(if biggies are going to be around)
1 surface iron specific rod (YT or colt sniper type)
bait out fits from 20-100 (usually bring 1 25 lb kelp small stuff rod, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 80/100
and a kite outfit because the boats kits outfits are beat to shit usually.

no less than 50 jigs 10 surface iron and 10 poppers. and that is for any trip.
Multiples of all of my favorite jigs. must have 3x of my go to's..

may I not use most of them- YES
but if I Ido and it's home... well that sucks.
Cleaning it up afterwards- I don't dig it but the :
not having it is > >>than not having to sort it later (for me)
How FUCKING DARE you enjoy your fishing trip in the manner you deem fit! THE NERVE YOU HAVE!

the moment someone pays for my trip is the moment they can dictate, or even have an opinion, about how much gear I bring. As long as I store it in a fashion that does not impede others, than it’s no one else’s business the amount of setups I have with me. Threads like these make me want to take every setup I own just to annoy people who care what others do. Don’t worry though, I’ll stow my 4wt Thomas and Thomas Paradigm/Abel Super 4 setup next to my OSP4X/50VISW combo up on the bow as to not ruffle any feathers.
 
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snordo

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I’ll be glad when that silly rule goes away. More than 50% of my backpack is bedding, and I went to REI ( Sorry BillW, that’s what it is named :D ), and got the smallest bedding and pillow I could get.
I bought the Intex Camping Flocked Pillow and use 2 of those and are great. They are inflatables. It's about 18" wide.
You can find them online at Walmart or Amazon as

Intex Inflatable Waterproof Downy Fabric Pillow 68672​


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Let em eat 74

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My only problem is that I’ve noticed that the guy who brings the most shit is usually also the guy who demands the primo spot for all his crap (and might move your box to get it) , it’s also no surprise it takes him the longest to rig and get out of the way again.

Being self aware enough to realize it isn’t just YOUR vacation is important.
 
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FishRock

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I agree with David though the bottom line is bring whatever you want but show some respect to other anglers. I see that some folks bring the entire garage no matter how long a trip it is and I get that (you have it why not bring it) but they also acknowledge the fact and act accordingly. Other folks manage to be that guy with two rods and a roller bag as they need the Alfa spot for all their gear even if it is in everyone else's way.

I don't think anyone needs more than 3 rods/setups for any trip.

One rod for light line 20-50.

One for medium Heavy 60-80

And one 100-130.

I don't need any more. Though I bring 5 rigs on my 14 day trips. I do know that if I have multiple malfunctions I may be wishing for backups but that is why you test and maintain your gear.

I also read threads about the number of jigs, bombs or poppers some anglers bring. While it would be fun the have all this stuff I cannot afford it. I don't want to lug it around or pay to ship it both ways every year and I cannot even find the time to fish it all on a single trip.

If you want to know what you need gear wise for any given trip just ask the boat to set you up. That is how I got to my current arsenal.
 
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AWilliams

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2 rods on a full day...30# bait/jig rod and 40# jigstick. 3 rods on and overnite or 1.5 day. With the addition of a 50# bait stick...but I'm not a tuna chaser. Paddy yellowtail and yo-yo are my thing. If we run into some tuna, great. I'm set. I bring a backpack, thats it. 2-3700 boxes of jigs and weights/hooks If it won't fit in there, I leave it at home and it really forces you to pare your shit down. Watched a guy on my last full day bring 7 rods...to each his own.
 
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Steve K

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Jan 2, 2005
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The idea of setting aside in a bag the terminal tackle you actually used during your trip is brilliant. I usually put anything I’ve used in the top of my bag and rinse it off on the boat. If not on travel days, at the end. To see what you used, make a note of what you lost, tells you a lot about what you’ll need next time.

I more than halfway wonder if some of the guys don’t have the experience and just bring everything they have…
 
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dvader

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I used to and still have a tendency to bring too much tackle. The group I fished with used to say to me that we were only going overnight not for a week. I am going on a 2.5 day in September and keep packing and unpacking telling myself I need this and then the next day I take it out. Apparently being a tackle addict is genetic. I had my granddaughter with me Sunday at a tackle store and she saw the wall of jigs and just went ahh they are pretty.
 
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flickfish

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Being able to bring a minimal amount of gear on a trip is a result of having the luxury of having years of experience and doing multiple trips a year in this very expensive and time-consuming hobby.

Others, who are less fortunate and can't go on as many trips as they'd like or are just starting out (kinda like myself), don't have the confidence, knowledge, or let alone experience to knock our gear down to barebones. I try to be reasonable but if there's a remote chance I'll need something, I bring it, probably with a couple of backups. I don't want to feel stupid on the boat when I need something that I paid for and it's sitting in my house.

Though I agree, if you bring a ton of shit, be respectful of your fellow anglers on the boat.
 
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afraser

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I think most people store all their tackle in their tackle boxes so they just bring it instead of trying to pare it down, which would require either emptying out trays or having extra empty ones. I pared down my trolling gear, does that count? No trolling rod and only 4 different lures. But I don't see how you get around needing multiple 100# setups with these bluefin around. I mean you can go with one, but we had one fish encircle some 20 lines one night, so that would put you out of the game while the fish are biting. And I can't leave without my surface/popping gear. It's like watching the kite getting blown up but on your own gear. If anything, maybe it would be nice if people would limit the size of their tackle boxes on the rack, especially the top shelf. It's nice to have a top shelf for rigging, but we don't need all of our gear on the top shelf.
 
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Roadrunner

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I’ll be glad when that silly rule goes away. More than 50% of my backpack is bedding, and I went to REI ( Sorry BillW, that’s what it is named :D ), and got the smallest bedding and pillow I could get.
FYI guys. I think the bedding has gone away for all the boats. Just got off a 6 day on the Vagabond ( Lupe trip) and we did not have to bring pillow and blanket. Both provided. But a couple of trips I took the first 2 weeks of July I had to bring both and that meant taking another small duffle bag. VERY GLAD to not have another bag now for this.

Hope it stays this way for the Vag and hope the rest of the fleet is doing this now for you all.
 
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Lake

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The SoA says they will make a bed for you if you request it. Otherwise bring your own sleeping stuff
 
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