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Grim’s Tales: What Fishing Tackle Do You Like? – Echo diary of pines and lakes

As I waited for news of my first attempt at finding an agent for my book, “Monsters on the Block” (I’m not going, by the way, so I’m still looking), I tried to figure out what to do to distract myself.

For some reason, my mind went fishing. I think my desire for spring got the best of me and I was thinking how much I would like to try the fly and bubble method of fishing.

For this method, you start with a type of float that most people mistake for a bobber, add a little water to it, and secure it about a rod’s length away from your lure, which in this case is a classic bobber lure. fly fishing. . You fish this using a standard rod, not a fly rod.

I can’t help but dream that this kit would come in handy on those nights when you listen to blue fish and crappies plucking bugs off the surface of the calm waters as you sit in the boat with little to no bites.

That got me thinking about how little I know about fishing. Sure, I’ve picked up a few favorite lures and favorite methods over the years, but when people talk about bottom lures, Carolina rigs, Texas rigs, slow-death rigs, or whatever, I have no idea.

I really only know about the classic platform bobber. Growing up, that’s all we use. A cork, a hook and a worm. Sometimes we didn’t have a fishing rod and we managed with quite long sticks. Sometimes digging for worms didn’t go well and we were amazed at how well the fish bite the gum.

Many of these rigs require a boat with some kind of motor to be useful, and sometimes the only guarantee was the hook and line.

This was all we knew growing up, so I wanted to educate myself.

I started researching all the various fishing tackle I could find and writing them down in a little book, describing what species they are good for, the conditions they work in and what hardware is needed to put them together.

Carolina, Texas, Weightless, Neko, Tokyo, and Jika fishing tackle setup schematics for fishing for Bass, Pike, and Perch.

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In truth, the same type of hardware can be arranged into a variety of these tackle suitable for different situations, meaning that for much less than a box full of lures you can have a versatile piece of gear to fish basically anywhere.

However, you should be prepared to know how to tie a lot of different knots and have lines, swivels, spinning blades, and all sorts of other accessories that are probably loose in your gear. I see why some just prefer a quick spin and a box of lures.

I searched online for as many different types of equipment as I could find, took notes and even illustrated them. Since then I have documented: 3-way team, Carolina team, Texas team, bubble and fly team, crazy team, Lindy team, Santee Cooper team, hair team, Ned team, bottom bounce team, harness crawler rig, spinning rig, fish finder rig, drop shot rig, paternoster rig, fast attack rig, helicopter rig, pulley rig, weightless rig, cork rig, and pollyball rig.

I even invented my own garduation tassel lure for longnose gar (get it? Because it looks like a grad tassel).

I’m excited to try them. First thing after opening I plan to test a hybrid paternoster/Santee Cooper rig for walleye. Just for the fight I’ll probably try the hair rig for redhorse and sucker as well. Of course, I’m still dying to try fly and bubble (I love surface fishing).

travis grimler

For all anglers, I invite you to educate me. Do you have any equipment that I haven’t listed here? Do you like any of the teams I have listed here? What and where do you like to fish with them?

Write me, so to speak, and share your experience with me. If nothing else, I’m sure we could all use a little dreaming about open water fishing.

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the weekly Pineandlakes Echo Journal in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He can be reached at 218-855-5853 or

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