Tackle Management: Inventory Time
By Rob Meusec © 2016

Soon the dust will clear from all the musky shows, your taxes are done and you learned all those new techniques and spent a ton of money, itís time to look at what we have in our arsenal. Itís time to inventory all the baits that we have in order to make our time on the water productive. You are probably thinking that this is almost an impossible task. I thought that at first too. If you are like the average musky fisherman (If there is such a creature), you have many weapons, some call them tools, in your cherished collection. As a retired teacher, Iíve learned to chunk down larger tasks into more manageable pieces, in order to accomplish what needs to be done. Here is a system that I use every year to inventory what I have and it works pretty well.

It begins with, of course, all your baits. Bring all the boxes, bags or whatever you store them in into a room where you will not be disturbed for a while. Yes, all your baits! Next, pick up some cheap plastic crates (they look like milk crates) at a building supply store. I happened to use 6 this year. Next, I drill 3/16 holes along the outside lip spaced one inch apart all around the perimeter of each crate. So now you have 4-5 crates on one side of the room, and all your baits on the other side.

Now it is time to divide and hopefully conquer. Designate one crate for example, Jerk baits. Go through you tackle and pick out all your jerk baits. Begin hanging them on the inside and out side of crate, putting one barb of the treble into the holes you drilled. When all your jerk baits are accounted for, then do the same with Topwaters and so on and so on. The number of crates depends on how many baits you have.

As you look at what you have accomplished, here are few things you can do with this visual inventory:

  • You can see what you have, what you donít, what you need and what to get rid of.

  • What baits need maintenance, hooks, split rings, paint etc.

  • A great opportunity to take some photos for insurance purposes.

  • Determine tackle box and storage options.

  • These crates can be used as permanent storage or an extra bait hanger in your boat.

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