Bass Fishing's Off Season

Time to get ready for next year! A lot of fishermen love to hunt. I especially like chasing deer, ducks and dove in the fall, but one thing I think is a must during this time of rejuvenation is to go through your tackle and inventory what you have, what you need and get rid of what you no longer use. The inventory process is a tedious one. I personally don’t like it at all, but it is very necessary. The part I feel is most critical is getting rid of the excess that you no longer use. I have a hard time streamlining my tackle because there are strings attached to so many baits - I caught ‘em on that bait how ever many years ago, I used it in a top ten tournament ten years ago etc... They just have sentimental value for whatever reason. But I’ve also realized that a big accumulation of tackle not only clutters my tackle room, it clutters my mind. In tournament fishing, I need to be able to cut through all clutter, both physical and mental, quickly. So every year, I have to go through the process of recognizing that if I’m no longer throwing it, I need to let it go. With so many baits available in today’s bass fishing, if you want to succeed, you just have to be organized to be able to find what you need when you need it.