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I know this is the antithesis of the tackle monkey but...I have to much tackle and I'm looking to unload some.

I'm having anxiety over what to let go of, so I'm seeking advice from those who have purged before. 

How did you decide what to keep and what to part with? 

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That's a tough one ~ and I may not be the best tackle hoarded - I mean angler to offer advice here.

I've done it a few times and it's always stuff that I just don't use or have replaced with something else.

But if you have any extra Senko's or Knock-off, if you send them to  @Darren. I promise you they will get used.

:P

Good Luck liquidating.

A-Jay

 

 

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Keep what is most successful for you.. or anything you've had for a long time that's sentimental. I'd get rid of anything that you haven't used in 2 seasons. I'm in a similar situation with hardbaits. They all catch fish though so I haven't let them go. I just keep em in a guide series tackle box and then put inside a tote 

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1 minute ago, A-Jay said:

That's a tough one ~ and I may not be the best tackle hoarded - I mean angler to offer advice here.

I've done it a few times and it's always stuff that I just don't use or have replaced with something else.

But if you have any extra Senko's or Knock-off, if you send them to  @Darren. I promise you they will get used.

:P

Good Luck liquidating.

A-Jay

I don't date liquid...but I do enjoy a nice red wine or craft beer.

So long as I don't have to spend any money right now, send me
your tired, your poor, your rarely used stick baits!

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Too much tackle? There's no such thing! If I find I don't use a certain bait much, I'll put it in my surplus cabinet. Or if it looks really cool I'll hang it on the wall with my rods. I've never gotten rid of any baits and I don't think I ever will!

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I put the lures I don't use often in my lure collection.

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I've got lures that haven't seen the light of day in 30 years. I know I have a problem, but I don't have to many lures. that's what my therapist tells me. he likes to fish to………………..seriously keep what works for you and some that you want to work on and purge the rest. 

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I don't like the axiety, I keep all my stuff ---> no axiety.

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I keep a "Go Bag" of about 15 plastics and 5 plastic containers of hard baits, divided into types and depths.  That's all that goes into the boat with me.  If I'm going to fish new water, I'll review the go bag for additions/subtractions.  I keep abut 5 times as many baits in inventory in my garage.  If a bait doesn't get selected for the go bag in a few years, I give it away to friends or family.  That's what keeps me sane and prevents me from spending the fishing day sitting in the boat changing lures instead of keeping my line wet and catching fish.  I think of baits as tools.  If you aren't using them you might as well give them to someone who will.  

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A friend of my father's came fishing in our pond about 40 years ago.  I was 7.  When he was done fishing, he called me over and went through his tackle box and gave me a lot of his lures.  Looking back, it was his unwanted stuff.  But a 7 year old did not see it that way.  I thought it was great. 

Keep your unwanted stuff on hand and when you see someone who would appreciate it, give some away.

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I also have duplicates of my most effective lures in my lure collection...always a good idea to have more than you need than have less.

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Don't get rid of anything, you can't replace, when your best  friend starts killing them on the lure you just  gave away. 

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i purge stuff pretty regularly to be honest.  i like to buy and try and then hang on to what i really like or really worked well for me.  if it's of enough value to sell, i'll sell it and take that money and put into something else fishing related.  if it's of little or no resale value, i'll hang on til i have enough to be impactful and give it away to someone.  the old one man's trash is another man's treasure is only amplified when given to a youngster as @Surfcaster mentioned above.

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One of the old-school tackle shops in my area (there are still a few left!) sometimes has a donation box for unwanted or spare tackle that I've made contributions to if I've got something I don't want anymore. They then put it to use in sponsored events where they take kids and disabled vets fishing.  It's worth asking around at your local establishments and see if there are similar programs in your area.

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3 hours ago, soflabasser said:

I also have duplicates of my most effective lures in my lure collection...always a good idea to have more than you need than have less.

Better have and not need than need and not have.

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Sometimes older baits that the bass have not seen in a while really work well.

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I feel like this thread was started by someone's wife logged in as a member.

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Too much?,...lol non-sense! I have baits I bought back in the 80's still.,, and to be honest its usually those "old" baits that kicks butt these days.

  I remember having a plastic that I really liked, Manns 7" purple kangaroo worms,.. They worked well and I would re-place them when I got low of stock,...say 5 or 6 of them left. Then one day I went to buy a new bag and there were none to find, the company "discontinued" them for a new line. It was there and then, I started hoarding.

 When I find a lure that I like nowadays,...I buy as much as I can, at that moment, which usually is 6, as thats the typical marketing amount found on a shelf or hook. I have a large tote that is strictly dedicated to my "extras" or "usuals", when I run out of something? this is where I look first for more.

 Im sure that some of you have your "usuals" as well. You know,... the lures you first tie on to head out for a fishing day. The lures that are your favorites because they work for you. Thats what that large tote I have is full of. And this is done to avoid the "dreaded" discontinued successful lure.

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I usually do this twice a year, I will start with stuff that I have barely or never used.  Normally I will go through the plastics and dump colors that don't produce or stuff that I rarely if ever use.

The hardbaits will normally entail looking at colors first - don't need 10 of the same color baits, so they will be pared down that way.  If something hasn't worked then it goes into the dump pile as well, or if there is a new bait that I bought that will replace something else I will pull he older baits out to try the new ones*. 

*Note on the last point, I don't liquidate the old bait until the new one has proven itself, then the old bait will hit the sell pile.

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I tried doing this a few times....I've pretty much failed every single time haha. There are some hard baits I just don't use. I bought them when I was younger and had to shop out of the bargain bin. It's not that they don't work, I just don't have as much faith in them. I keep an extra 3700 tray in my boat filled with baits like this and I'll let clients use these first, or any guests in the boat. Also, I've given baits away out of this box as well. After one youth tournament I was guiding for, a couple of kids came up and started asking about how my kids did and wanted to see what they caught and while they were looking at my boat they were oogling over everything laying out on the deck that I was putting away. I pulled out that container and let them each pick a bait and they were so pumped to get their own. Win win situation for me. I've also donated soft plastics that I haven't used in years. 

My normal rotation of baits especially soft plastics, I'll keep my surplus stuff at home. I've got various totes and containers to hold the extras. This becomes more important with the baits not sold locally. Most of my go to plastics are in plano/flambeau boxes that I keep stocked and when my stock runs low I can go dig through my totes and refill my boxes. This will keep me fishing until the new baits arrive. It also keeps from having excess in my boat.

Good luck in your quest!

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Not a good sport for those with OCD.

I have a ton, but truth be told, I could get by with a 1/3 of it.

Guest that join me usually get a senko rigged T or W and ALWAYS get fish

 

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A lot of the tackle that I have that I don't use is just stuff I bought and ended up preferring another brand that made a similar lure. I have like 4 different bladed jigs but I really only use one of them because I just think it's better and does what I want better than the others. So the other 3 just sit there, destined to never be used most likely. 

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Just go to buy some opaque rubbermaid containers and put the extra tackle away in the garage/basement. Find it in a few years and be pleasantly surprised. It will be like Christmas! Just make sure your wife doesn't find it. :D

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