- Mar 24, 2015
- Loc Vetter
- Loc Vetter Casting
A sage assessment and analogy.Great thread! It's so much fun to read about the mental wrestling that almost everyone goes through when preparing to go after big fish, for whatever length of time.
The main problem is that just like highest-rank military officers, we are essentially preparing to re-fight the last war we were in. We learned what we desperately needed then, and now have plenty of it. But when the time comes to go into action, somehow it doesn't go the way we expected . . .
Paring down the available tonnage of tackle options to something that fits into the vehicle and then onto the boat requires scores of hours of imaginative planning. If a certain color of lure EVER worked on a past trip, how can you go out again without at least three of it? And since it seems that every trip historically provides a new surprise beyond what you were expecting, just like a new war, the quantity of tackle keeps increasing.
The main thing that turned my own tackle-monster mania into something more manageable was starting to go on more fly-in trips rather than long boat rides. If you have to board a small boat with only three or four outfits in total and a small tackle pack to face whatever the day presents to you, you learn quickly that like Choate pictured, a deck-cart full of options isn't really necessary.
The fact that I am driving (because there is no way to fit an adequate arsenal on an airplane) I have shifted my focus to organization rather that curtailed acquisition and culling.
I have promised to limit myself to:
- 10 rods: 30, 50, 60, 80, 80, 100, 100, 100, 130, 130
- One reel bag
- One deck box
- Three bags that hold multiple 3700 sized boxes and other tackle items, for stateroom
- One big duffel for clothes, personals, camera
- A short ladder so I can get into the bunk safely.
- A Yeti cooler that will stay in the SUV.
P.S. Debating on whether to bring my break-it machine.