If you’re anything like me, you find it hard at times to face all the commitments of transitioning into adulthood. Many times I have taken a step back and wonder how on earth I made it to this two years removed from college. Nothing could prepare me for remembering the thirty passwords of investment sites, banking, multiple emails, and everything in between. If you suffer from an addiction to your hobby it is easy for the distraction to result in a loss of cleanliness around the house, disorganization of tackle or your vehicle, all of which weigh on your brain over the course of the day. As human beings, we experience so many stimuli in all directions in modern society; let’s try not to add anything else to it. In this blog, I hope to share some of my insight on staying organized, freeing up some clutter, and sharing the sport of bass fishing with others the environmental way.
Fish for long enough and there is a good chance you will collect enough plastics to fund a starting business. I would not consider myself a tackle junkie but definitely have bought a few packs here and there for an application I never actually met on the water. As you prepare for a new set of circumstances often these bags get archived beneath other packs and the vicious cycle continues again. The best solution is to give away anything you know you are never going to use, and its not easy at times. We often build a close relationship with our baits but I can almost guarantee that if you have not used it in the past year someone could take these baits and you would never notice. When you begin to think of the money spent on the packs you begin to feel as though you are losing money. Erase this idea! From an economist perspective this is defined as a sunk cost, meaning that you already spent the money and will not get it back. Dust yourself off and let go of these thoughts.
Instead of growing too large of an inventory, why not donate your unused plastics to an organization where kids will get the opportunity to experience the healthy addiction for themselves. There are plenty of kids in your area that would love for the chance to build a collection. Who knows, maybe you will inspire the next up and coming competitive angler! Whatever the case, you will certainly clean your stash and make your decisions on what tackle to carry a lot easier. As I discussed in last week’s blog, just because a specific lure is not the latest and greatest doesn’t mean it won’t catch fish. In fact, throwing something different when everyone else seems to have gravitated to the latest trend can often pay big dividends on your local pond or waterway.
Rods & Reels
I admit that I am guilty of holding onto broken rods for no reason at all. In fact, three broken rods were just taken by the trash man a few hours ago. Other than their sentimental value they have no purpose other than taking up extra space. If you did not know already, you do not have a warranty on your rod chances are the cost of shipping the rod back and the repair costs will set you back over half the price of the rod. If that is worth it to you, go right ahead, but count me out!
For your used reels and rods still in working condition, why not share the sport of bass fishing with someone new. Siblings, friends, or kids in your area would love to accept a free reel or rod. What’s better than getting new fishing obsessions started! If nothing else you’ve created a new fishermen to share experiences with. If it wasn’t for a friend getting me enthusiastic about the hunt I wouldn’t be chasing my dream today. Spread the love!
Dispose of Your Used Baits, Line, and Food Wrappers in the Proper Location
As of late it seems that storms of environmental destruction and human ignorance consistently fill the headlines. Floating islands of plastic in our oceans, micro beads from facial scrubs and soaps polluting the Great Lakes, and companies disposing waste in local water supplies are just a few of the many upsetting circumstances caused by human beings. As fishermen, it is important that we remember the rules of leave no trace. Recycle you fishing line and soft plastics after use in proper locations. Outdoor stores like Bass Pro or your local tackle shop often have cardboard boxes set up for disposing your used fishing line. I even saw at my local park recently a Boy Scout project in which the scouts had set up PVS pipe line collection tubes along the Potomac River. No one likes fishing and hooking onto someone else’s fishing line. It has long been known that bass will eat used soft plastics discarded in the water after use resulting in clogged systems that cannot pass food and starve the species we love. Night Crawler containers, drink cans, and chip bags are common sightings unfortunately along our waterways. If this doesn’t make you emotional what does?
The sport is here for all of us to enjoy but also takes some common sense and maturity as well. Keep our waterways clean and protect the sport for the next generation. Till next time, share your passions with those around you. We are all searching for passion in life, sometimes all it takes is someone to enlighten another.