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Guys,

One day we all leave this beautiful planet to do some fishing in the sky and I was wondering if any of you guys have plans regarding what to do with your fishing gear.

As we get older we notice that we have accumulated a lot of fishing equipment that is worth e a lot of money, without including our boats, motors and trailers.

If no one in your family wants the items then what do your wife and kids do with all of the stuff?

We can adverstise the boat, motor and trailer and sell it.  But what about all of our rods, reels and tackle?

We can sell the tackle at a yard sale and get very little for it or throw it away.  

I am going to talk with my wife about how to dispose of not only my fishing equipment but my extensive LSU memorabilia, inclduing my Skip Bertman autographed Marucci baseball bat which is worth a lot to collectors and an item that the LSU Alumni Association wants for its sports museum.

I know we don't like to discuss this situation but we have to address it sooner or later.

Just wondering what you all plan to do with your equipment after judgement day.

I am thinking of giving it away to some young guys who love to bass fish since my son is totally not interested in fishing.

Thanks for the input.  And I hope we don't have to cross this bridge for a long, long time.

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Put my custom rods in the casket with me,...next to the skis.

The rest goes to neighborhood kids.  In my will, I have Eric (Dirk) in charge of this.  He knows my wishes.  He has also been asked to oversee the sprinkling of my ashes in a very specific spot on the lake.

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My stuff doesn't own me. I make a habit of every once in a while giving away something I really like to a friend in need.Whatever is left will find it's way to whoever is supposed to get it. I find it better to keep it moving while I am still alive 8-)

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 Just send it to me. I'll make sure it go's to the right place ;)....

All Hail The Bait Monky...

  But on a seirise note. Put in your will. Send it to someone like LBH so he can distribut it to the kids at cast.

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I'm 25 now but i grew up fishing with my father since i was young and when i got to around 12 or so i'd go with him and his friend, they'd go all over our area always way before sun-up.  I'd be sleeping in the back with the country music on and my swiss cake rolls and Dr. Pepper.  Anyway My dad's buddy just is retired now and lives on Smith Mountain lake right on the water in a beautiful cove.   His house is a tackle shop basically he has a gigantic safe that he keeps brand new un opened reels in including many top name shimano's, tons of lures as he has the long time running joke that he likes to let them age before he uses them and many many rod racks.  When he moved he left us to borrow his Jon boat and we had it for years until he emailed my dad telling him the boat is now mine and he'll sign the registration over to me when we visited him, and he did.  He still does some work and just went overseas for some number of months and before he left he sent my dad an email...

"Hey Mike,

    Trev looks like he is doing okay fishing.  Much better than me!!!!    I haven't been out in the jon boat in months as you needed a ladder to get into it.  No rain down this way and the lake is 4-5 feet low.  We are over 13inches behind in rainfall.  Tell Trevor if he even hears of my passing or if I live long enough to give up fishing he gets all my fishing gear.  I'm sure there will be a few new reels in the safe that have never been used :) and 15 or 20 unused rod too... and of course 50 or 60 new lures that are aging too...  You know I like to age them before use!!  Nicole (his daughter) is aware of this and will try to contact Trev in the event of..  

I am heading out on Wednesday and am scheduled to return on 01/20/08.  Maybe in 08 we can do some fishing.  Keep in touch."

So that's just an example of what someone has planned ahead of time on doing... pretty cool i think, although i definately hope nothing happens to him.

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Rods-Break them on bluefish  :)

Reels and Takcle  States Youth B.A.S.S. or TBF program.

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I stop at a lot of estate and yard sales.  Always finding some fishing stuff when the kids liquidate the parents stuff after they die or go to assisted living homes.  

I would either sell it before that on ebay or some other auction site if you have any items that are really valuable.  Donate the stuff for a tax write off.  Leave a few in your will.  Give some away to your fishing buddies that will put it to good use.  

If you don't, someone else who cares a whole lot less about it than you will dispose of it for cheap. I stopped at an estate sale a few weeks ago and the guy was selling his father in laws belongings.  I asked if he had any fishing rods and the kid goes upstairs and brings down three mint condition Garcia Conolon rods probably from the late 60s in a hard tube rod carrier.  Absolutely beautiful and unused. How much? I asked. "Oh, how about $5 for all".   See what I mean.  

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dispose?   What? Put it in my casket on my left side.  

I'm taking it with me for the after life.  When I am in heaven I will need my loomis rods for that awsome lake I'll be fishing all the time. 8-)

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One rod and reel is coming with me.It's a bit traditional by a lot of people and not uncommon.

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It's always a good idea to talk to the living. Tell your family what you want done with your personal items before you (or they) are gone. Better yet give things to the people you want to have them, while you are above the grass. More than likely the things you charish may have little real value, unless you let them know why it was important to you.

At the end of the day it's important that your loved ones don't need to go through the suffering of disposing all your stuff.

WRB

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I'm only 25 so I have never thought about it.  But I guess it just depends on the situation.  If I had a very nice boat & my family was hurting finically then I hope they sell it to help pay bills & stuff.  But if they were set in the money department & no one in the family was into fishing, then I might donate the boat & gear to college Bass fishing team.  I have heard more about colleges starting bass teams and I don't know if the college pays for the fishing stuff or not.  If not then that would help bring happiness to other people.  But the perfect thing would be to give it to a family memeber (a son or brother) who doesn't have a boat but loves the sport.  You can spread my ashes all over the boat then take it out, so that way i'll always be there fishing with you.

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One rod and reel is coming with me.It's a bit traditional by a lot of people and not uncommon.

I never heard this but I can certainly believe it.

Actually, I think it's kinda cool.

The thought of being buried with my favorite fishing rodnreel and photo's of my Children and Grandchildren is oddly comforting.

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Avid, my girl's grandmother died 2 years ago and we put in the casket to her request her grandkids,kids and her husband's photo along with a 6 pack of glass coca-cola.Things she values the most. She loved coca-cola in the bottle.

My grandmother took a photo album of her entire family with her.

I think people just don't mention it.

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kb here    i have given this a little thought for ia'm 72 years old.   i have a grandson that is 16 years old and fishes with me as much as he can.   my stuff has to go to him   kb

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Russ, many of us would very much appreciate it if you would provide the exact coordinates of where you want your ashes to be spread.  No use taking a honey hole like that with you.   ;D ;D ;D

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Russ, many of us would very much appreciate it if you would provide the exact coordinates of where you want your ashes to be spread.  No use taking a honey hole like that with you.   ;D ;D ;D

U r a wise old man.   LMAO...nice try

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Russ, many of us would very much appreciate it if you would provide the exact coordinates of where you want your ashes to be spread.  No use taking a honey hole like that with you.   ;D ;D ;D

PSSSSST....Yo Long Mike...

If this doesn't work tell him we'll take a bunch of *** plastics, and a handicapped kid.

He's a sucker for stuff like that.

Just don't tell him I said so.      

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Russ, many of us would very much appreciate it if you would provide the exact coordinates of where you want your ashes to be spread. No use taking a honey hole like that with you. ;D ;D ;D

Some of us know the location of the lake, but not the precise spot of the ash spreading...lol. It wouldn't happen to be where that Kistler went into the drink would it???  ;D ;)

Not sure if that would make the fishing better or worse  ;)

My Aunt and Uncles ashes just went into the bay here in R.I. on the Bonnet View side of Beavertail.....I gotta fish the Newport side from now on  ;D

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Before you set fire to it, send me the LSU stuff.

I'm a '91 grad and I bleed purple and gold.

Best thing I have is an LSU hat that I got David Toms to autograph.  I'm just about to take a job at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, so I'll be back in tiger (and crawfish) country once again.

Seriously, the best thing to do is just pass it along to the young folks.  I"m always giving away baits to help newbies populate their tackle and to make room for some new stuff.

-J

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If I know ahead of time that my life will end soon, I will do as an earlier poster suggested.

I will sell, or give it away.

If I die suddenly, I wont have any control over what happens to it unless I state so in my will. (I have not done that yet)

Personally, I would like to see all of my stuff go to some type of youth program.

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