Kramer's office

They were predicting as much as an inch of rain today, but from where I stand, they came up short. But the prediction did work in my favor–I decided to organize some of my tackle–or at least some in my office.

Call the bad weather motivation. I looked at my desk and my office and it pretty much looks like the next episode of “Hoarders.”

But one thing worries me. Didn’t I just put everything in order last winter? Still, I can say this much, I have discovered a few tips on tackle organization. If any of this inspires you, by all means use it. If you have a better way (and you probably do), just remember, I never made it to the “Neat Guy Hall of Fame.” See what you think:

1. Pick something to work on. The biggest impairment to organizing is not starting. Even if all you have done is get your slip sinkers neatly stored, you done something!

2. Prioritize. Either start gathering the stuff you’re going to use in the next three months, or go the other way and get the summer plastics and topwaters in their place. Working on next summer’s stuff has a great advantage–at least you won’t be messing it up too, while it’s cold.

3. Store in distinct categories. With plastic worms you can go by size (finesse, big, or curl tails) or you can go by color. But remember, you probably have a lot more green now than you did five years ago. If it’s crankbaits, store by depth range, rather than color. If you go my color, you’ll need bigger boxes for “chartreuse” or “shad.” If you go by depth, you can pull some from each storage unit when you actually take to the water.

4. Miscellaneous is NOT a category. Everybody does it, after they organize their cool stuff, their tournament stuff or their expensive stuff they toss the rest in a box. But just remember, anything you don’t put in its place (like miscellaneous) will eventually rise up and strangle your storage area.

5. Exit strategy. And finally, store your $50 to $150 swimbaits and your $500 rod and reel combinations closest to the door. (If your house catches on fire, you want to get those out first!)

BTW: You know I was kidding on that last one?

Let’s get to it.

 




3 Responses to “Let it rain, I’m organizing my tackle…”


by Robert Schneider

All my boxes say miscellaneous. LOL

“5. Exit strategy. And finally, store your $50 to $150 swimbaits and your $500 rod and reel combinations closest to the door. (If your house catches on fire, you want to get those out first!)

BTW: You know I was kidding on that last one?”

Maybe you were kidding but when my house burned in the ’07 fires I was at Clear Lake for the Guard tournament.

At first I thought it was cool. Like having a yard sale and one customer comes in and buys everything. Later I found out that they were like a team who bought a couple of things while their buddies ripped me off for the rest.

So my advice? Take pictures of ALL of those boxes. The ones in the boat as well as the ones in storage. You will never remember everything you have when called upon to justify your loss. Put the photos on a disc and take somewhere off the property that hopefully will not be affected by the same disaster.

Insurance companies ARE NOT your friend. They will pay you back as little as they can get away with. Just because you have the coverage doesn’t mean you get the money.

Good advice, Robert F. You’re not alone, Robert Schneider.