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I have been out to a local pond twice before this bad weather hit. Both times on the water was a little less then an hour. Not too much time to fish these days, but I try to make the most of it.

The first trip out I stayed with the panfish jig and after MANY casts and LOTS of walking, I got my one and only strike and subsequent fish of the day.



The next time out I downsized even more to a minimite jig head and a 2'' white Tripple Ripple twister tail. The main quarry was some early season gills, but the bass seemed to like it too. The local kids were having an impromtu baseball practice in the back yard, so at the very least it was entertaining, if not distracting for them. Nothing to big, but on a tiny jig and 4lb test, they sure felt nice.





Unfortunately, that is about all I have to share as far as fish tales go. Coyote did take me on a tour of some of his local waterways, but the one pic I took ended up not storing right on my camera. I am sad to say it was a beautiful 3lb 8ounce bass caught by Coyote on a crappie minnow of all things. Sorry about that bro :oops:

With the poor weather this weekend it did give me a chance to reorganize some of my fishing gear. I had kept all my excess tackle in a spare bedroom, but with a new kid I figured it would be best to move my surplus to the garage. My house is notorious for finding the occasional hook in the carpet. It is still a work and progress, but say hello to FishinMatt's Surplus Bait and Tackle Store :p







 

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Nice Fish!!!

but where did your Tools go!!!??? :shock: LOL, j/k... That wall Tool-Boxes are for!! :mrgreen:

Nice set-up though!
 

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Nice Fish!!!

but where did your Tools go!!!??? :shock: LOL, j/k... That wall Tool-Boxes are for!! :mrgreen:

Nice set-up though!
Haha, I have another pegboard to the right and a shelving unit to the left with my tools. I kind of ran out of space so they might get overtaken too. Just wait until I get the shed in the backyard for the lawn mower, shop vac, grill, tools, etc. Then that garage will really get pimped out with fishing gear :wink:
 

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Damn Matt, you got the solo pics down. I gotta learn how to do that, instead of the usual Arm and fish pics i always take... :lol: Although I guess if my lazy azz partners actually went fishing, instead of just talking about it, i would not have that problem....you know who you are.. :p I'll give it 2 days for this to be found and flaming retorts hurled :lol:

Also Matt, I think you are running a bit low on the Pure Poison chattering jigs. You better get another gross on order pronto! :wink:
 

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D,

Once you get the self timer and launching solo aspect down you will find the days of having to have a fishing partner almost obselete. While it is always nice to have the company of a fellow fishermen and friend on the boat, some days when you want to go last minute you can just hitch up and ride. Besides, you don't have to angle the boat for the guy in the rear to cast too. That means more fish for D :p

Ya know, if you would ask me sometime other then the last minute one of these days, maybe I could actually make it out with you again. Its a lonely road being your last minute "fishing booty call" the night before you plan on going out. I feel so used :lol:

BTW D, those chatterbaits are on sale for $3.99 a pop. Hell, make it $3.50 for you :lol:
 

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Nice going Matt. I like your pegboard layout, looks good.

I haven't set up mine yet, but soon. I'm currently storing all my tackle in an old kitchen cabinet in the basement, away from the old lady! lol

Gotta cruise flea-bay for some more wholesale lots of tackle yet too.

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Very nice and organized!

Have you ever seen the pics of Osprey's? It'd literally put most tackle shops to shame lol

By contrast mine looks less like a tackle shop and more like a tackle explosion :lol:
 

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Very nice and organized!

Have you ever seen the pics of Osprey's? It'd literally put most tackle shops to shame lol

By contrast mine looks less like a tackle shop and more like a tackle explosion :lol:
I think I have Darth. I remember a post a great while back which gave me the idea to hang the lures like that. I'd like to see them again some time. It was very impressive.
 

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Yeah, sorry bout that Matt. Gotta switch the order around every once in a while, ya know? Especially with Sped getting ready for kid #2 any day now, methinks he might not be able to get out much this year. Believe it or not, you weren't xactly the last name on the list :p

I also had to buy a canoe, as the best bassn lake in all of IL no longer allows electric motors :x So when you are ready for some paddle power, we can hit area 51 from the canoe!

I'll have the big boat ready for action next week (after a guided trip on LM for Smallies :D )

We can also hit Lake P with your big rig, or the Prowler. Those hawgs will be moving into the wood soon, just waiting for a jig!

I'll take one of the Chatters on our next outing :wink:
 

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Nice! I have a whole pegboard setup in my basement. It makes me sad though to see how much stuff I own versus how few fish I catch. I need to get out fishing more to make it all worth it I guess. :?
 

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hey great read! :D

I too found myself organizing my gear this weekend...got all my plastics together...73 lbs of plastics! :shock:

I have a similar set up in my tiny apartment room...but I just used a gaint corkboard/ pushpin board.... works nice....but sometime I crank the music too loud and the bass shakes stuff off my wall :shock: ...I am gonna look into the peg board! thanks matt!

JayPee the HHF!
 

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73 lbs of plastics! :shock:
That is a soft plastic addiction :D I have a big lot of Dingers packed away that I have to find and hang up too. I know I am nowhere near 73lbs though :p

BTW-A studio apartment that looks like a tackle shop is all kinds of awesome.
 
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