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coastwatcher42
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05/15/2018 06:05PM
I have always enjoyed photos of the tackle boxes and their contents everyone takes into Quetico and the BWCA. I haven't seen a lot lately so lets start a thread where everyone can show off their boxes (or bags). As soon as I get mine organized, I'll post mine.
 
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05/15/2018 09:34PM
This is from a few years ago, but it's about the same now as it was then.



yogi59weedr
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05/15/2018 09:43PM
Nice box..... but lose the metal stringers. Fem things are noisy... Nice for fish pictures though.
Mad_Angler
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05/16/2018 05:42AM
bfurlow: "This is from a few years ago, but it's about the same now as it was then.

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Nice selection. If I grabbed your box by mistake, I'd do okay.
Mad_Angler
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05/16/2018 06:06AM
Here are some old shots of mine...

Bumstead
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05/16/2018 07:51AM


This is my stash pic from a thread about a month ago.....I've already changed a few things out. Never ending process, isn't it?

I also bring a small bag with plastics: 3" Grub assortment, Zulus, senkos, power worms, erie / Dixie darters, and a few others.

Also a couple Li'L Cleo spoons. I'll post a final showing soon..... I'm only 3 weeks out from BW entry!
mastertangler
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05/16/2018 09:33AM
Well I don't have a pic but some may raise their eyebrows at what I brought into WCPP a few years back, its in 3 parts (seriously ;-)

Tackle taken WCPP
tumblehome
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05/16/2018 10:48AM
I seriously don't mean any disrespect for any fishermen but I have to laugh at the quantity of crap men take on trips. How much do you really use? If you take out the stuff that you actually use. I mean really use, could you fit it in two hands? Probably.

In canoe country, there are about 5 rigs that walleye and trout bite on. And about the same number for bass or Northern. All the other stuff is marketing fluff.
rpike
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05/16/2018 11:21AM
I hope to use no more than 1/3 of the stuff I bring. I usually have lures/presentations to cover very shallow to over 30' down. For the mainstays at each depth range I want two or three of the same lure (possibly in different colors); I assume I will lose a few to snags. If the #9 shad rap is the magic lake trout presentation, I don't want to be fish-less because I lost the only one I had. Covering the spectrum in duplicate or triplicate is how I end up taking way more lures than I will actually use.

Plus, every trip, there's always some shiny new one I have to try. ;-)
05/16/2018 04:49PM
yogi59weedr: "Nice box..... but lose the metal stringers. Fem things are noisey... Nice for fish pictures though"
Yeah, I don't use the metal stringer very often. It was my grandfather's so gets to go on a trip or two every year for old time's sake. Same for a couple of his old lures.
05/16/2018 04:51PM
Mad_Angler: "bfurlow: "This is from a few years ago, but it's about the same now as it was then.







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Nice selection. If I grabbed your box by mistake, I'd do okay. "


Thanks! A couple items have been switched out. Don't take as many spoons, and have a couple other new items to add. (Cough cough, Chatterbait, thanks MT!!)

Of course this is just the travel pack, the actual tackle box(es) take up FAR more room. ;)
05/16/2018 04:53PM
tumblehome: "I seriously don't mean any disrespect for any fishermen but I have to laugh at the quantity of crap men take on trips. How much do you really use? If you take out the stuff that you actually use. I mean really use, could you fit it in two hands? Probably.


In canoe country, there are about 5 rigs that walleye and trout bite on. And about the same number for bass or Northern. All the other stuff is marketing
fluff."

No offense taken! Everyone has their vices. :)

I may not use every individual piece of tackle that comes along, but some variation of each gets used on each trip that I go on. I got everything into 3 relatively small boxes, so not a lot of weight added.

The biggest culprit for weight are the jigs, but they are so darn versatile!
05/16/2018 04:55PM
mastertangler: "Well I don't have a pic but some may raise their eyebrows at what I brought into WCPP a few years back, its in 3 parts (seriously ;-)


Tackle taken WCPP "


LOL!!! Man, I loved that video. It plays to my compulsions without actually having to live them out or carry them :).

On another subject MT - Grew up down in Fla. East side down near Ft Lauderdale. Spent a decent amount of time fishing shiners under balloon floats off of alligator alley. Or floating down the St Johns river. Moved out of the area before I really got into fishing, but it makes for a new experience every time I get back 'home'. Love reading your stories as a touch base. Thanks!
mastertangler
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05/16/2018 07:42PM
tumblehome: "I seriously don't mean any disrespect for any fishermen but I have to laugh at the quantity of crap men take on trips. How much do you really use? If you take out the stuff that you actually use. I mean really use, could you fit it in two hands? Probably.


In canoe country, there are about 5 rigs that walleye and trout bite on. And about the same number for bass or Northern. All the other stuff is marketing fluff."


To each their own as they say. I bring plenty and like it that way. I have brought the bare minimum and I have brought enough to open a tackle shop. Taking extra tackle is not so bad if you actually force yourself to use it. In doing so you will learn some things. Like when I threw regular sized shad raps at the base of a falls with nary a nibble but then I reached in and put a Super Shad Rap on and scored on several walleye over 4lbs. You can call it marketing all you want but having options and the ability to reach in and grab it can make the difference between a bunch of eater fish and fish worth taking a picture of.
Mad_Angler
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05/16/2018 07:49PM
tumblehome: "I seriously don't mean any disrespect for any fishermen but I have to laugh at the quantity of crap men take on trips. How much do you really use? If you take out the stuff that you actually use. I mean really use, could you fit it in two hands? Probably.


In canoe country, there are about 5 rigs that walleye and trout bite on. And about the same number for bass or Northern. All the other stuff is marketing fluff."


I agree. I'd do okay with 1/4 of my stuff.

But...

For me. A good part of the fun is researching and buying stuff in the offseason. I can look at a shiny new lure and fantasize about how well it will work.

And new lures often catch fish. For example, I learned about zulus on this site. I've caught a lot of fish with that lure...
mc2mens
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05/16/2018 08:18PM
tumblehome: "I seriously don't mean any disrespect for any fishermen but I have to laugh at the quantity of crap men take on trips. How much do you really use? If you take out the stuff that you actually use. I mean really use, could you fit it in two hands? Probably.


In canoe country, there are about 5 rigs that walleye and trout bite on. And about the same number for bass or Northern. All the other stuff is marketing fluff."


I agree. And I catch most fish with a simple setup - hook, split shot, and leech.
LightFish
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05/16/2018 09:19PM
I think there is some truth to less is more while in the BW, BUT I like to have an options to something I see and adjust to possible fishing environments. I guess I have done like most and tried to get down to a decent/limited amount of stuff. I have two boxes. I small 4 tray planno carrier and a two level planno box. I really like the two level box. 1st level is for all hooks, jig heads, swivels. The second level has a larger open area I use for housing spinner baits and the other half is for all different types of weights. I like having all that stuff in one area. Leaders can also fit but will be rounded a little. As far as what lures I want... I think water depth mostly and try and cover the top 15-25. Gota be able to change things up! I have some big spoon I always take but am always doing something else. I honestly need a better pole and reel/line to be using 4.5" 20.00 spoon.. HA..but its there and I like thinking about using it.

SinglePortage
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05/16/2018 10:44PM
My BW box is a Plano Phantom Jr which measures 5" x 8 1/2" x 2 1/4". I pretty much fill it to the max, but I have never found myself needing something that I did not have. I find that if I bring a smaller number of baits that I am very confident in I spend more time with my line in the water and concentrating on what the fish are doing. But if you want to bring a 30 pound tackle bag, more power to you. In fact, I might need to borrow a bait from you someday.
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05/16/2018 10:59PM


FWIW, this is a motor trip so I’m not concerned with weight.

“Hi, my name is Tuna....and I have a tackle problem....”
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05/17/2018 12:41AM
My brook trout box - spoon box - crankbait collection. I'm a big Bomber fan, 8a to be exact ;) and my CD9 box.

mastertangler
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05/17/2018 07:10AM
I am a strong believer in acquiring a vision of what you want to do, having a strategy if you will, and then plugging the correct lures / bait in to achieve it.

For example, if I am in the Quetico (no live bait) and I know that I am going to be doing a great deal of traveling and fishing primarily in the afternoons on unfamiliar water in August I might just bring a handful of crankbaits and be done with it.

But if I have a destination lake I might have a focus on large pike and might bring 5lbs of jumbo swimbaits and the right equipment to handle them.

I only recently finally nailed down my "vision" for this summers trip. It is an exploratory trip with lots of portaging to several larger lakes. My hearts desire was to fish live bait but that might not be practical my first time in. Instead the emphasis will be on trolling Sutton flutter spoons with snap weights and diving planers for lakers and walleye. The pike, no doubt, will eventually become a nuisance. The secondary focus will be casting Chatterbaits or jigging blade type baits. And of course I will have a fall back with several tried and true crank baits along with a few items from left field.

So, instead of buying a lure which "looks good", decide what kind of fish you want to primarily catch, then try and ascertain what that species should be doing during your time frame, and then get the right tools to do the job.
SinglePortage
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05/17/2018 07:46AM
mastertangler: "I am a strong believer in acquiring a vision of what you want to do, having a strategy if you will, and then plugging the correct lures / bait in to achieve it.

So, instead of buying a lure which "looks good", decide what kind of fish you want to primarily catch, then try and ascertain what that species should be doing during your time frame, and then get the right tools to do the job. "


This is pretty much what I do on every trip. The tackle in my box changes depending on the the time of year, my target fish, and the lakes I plan to fish. This trip will be a simple base camp trip to a small out of the way lake with my son. Walleye will be our main target fish, but I will make sure to have some pike and smallmouth lures as well. I treat my canoe trips as kind of a forced "back to basics" thing. I find myself analyzing the situation more when I am not distracted by so many shiny choices in my box.

This forum is really making it tough though. I head up to Ely on Saturday, I can't wait!
eelpout89
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05/20/2018 09:40PM
Depends on what area I am going but this is pretty average.
Rs130754
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05/20/2018 09:49PM
This is what I have so far. I am heading to Basswood. I hope to catch some Walleyes for eating as well as some of the smallies I keep reading about. I will probably pick up some more chatter baits and a few twister tails. I will be bringing leeches and maybe a few crawlers. I would love to get into some blue gills or crappies but that might be for another trip. Suggestions are always welcome.

mastertangler
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05/21/2018 05:41AM
Rs130754: "This is what I have so far. I am heading to Basswood. I hope to catch some Walleyes for eating as well as some of the smallies I keep reading about. I will probably pick up some more chatter baits and a few twister tails. I will be bringing leeches and maybe a few crawlers. I would love to get into some blue gills or crappies but that might be for another trip. Suggestions are always welcome.

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I like what you have. Nice selection of proven baits. Well organized.
SinglePortage
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05/29/2018 07:55AM
My father and son trip last week turned into a father and daughter trip at the last minute. She had just returned from school and ended up just using his tackle. During the week long trip she used four crank baits and a slip bobber rig. My brand new #12 gold husky jerk, until she lost it to something big. Then a fire tiger shallow shad rap for four days until she busted the lip off. She actually used it for a while as a surface bait and caught two decent bass. The last two days she alternated between a tiny torpedo and a little wiggle wart.

She caught the first 30 walleyes of her life, a bunch of bass up to 18", a few unwanted pike and some of the biggest bluegill she has ever seen.

I tried to keep it simple and fun for her, fishing the way she wanted to. I know that I could have caught more and better fish with more intense methods, but I don't think I could have enjoyed it any more than I did.
GickFirk22
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05/30/2018 09:19AM
I'm trying a bunch of new techniques this year, hunting for giant pike and outfitting another guy so I'm bringing waaaaaaay more than I'd typically bring. I leave next Wednesday and I can't wait!




coastwatcher42
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06/01/2018 08:10PM
SinglePortage: "My father and son trip last week turned into a father and daughter trip at the last minute. She had just returned from school and ended up just using his tackle. During the week long trip she used four crank baits and a slip bobber rig. My brand new #12 gold husky jerk, until she lost it to something big. Then a fire tiger shallow shad rap for four days until she busted the lip off. She actually used it for a while as a surface bait and caught two decent bass. The last two days she alternated between a tiny torpedo and a little wiggle wart.


She caught the first 30 walleyes of her life, a bunch of bass up to 18", a few unwanted pike and some of the biggest bluegill she has ever seen.


I tried to keep it simple and fun for her, fishing the way she wanted to. I know that I could have caught more and better fish with more intense methods, but I don't think I could have enjoyed it any more than I did."


I have a fishing trip planned for next week with my daughter. It's the first time we've been fishing together since she was a teenager (she's now 31). I can't even begin to express how much I'm looking forward to it!
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06/02/2018 10:10AM
moved story to new thread.
 
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