It's In the Box

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Published on: May. 2, 1997

Last revision: Oct. 26, 2010

get it back if you lose it."

Homer Circle, longtime angling editor of Sports Afield Magazine is among the best-known names in fishing writing. He says, "Buy a durable plastic box with movable compartments so you can tailor it to hold no more than a couple dozen lures.

"There should be space in the bottom for hook-cutter pliers, sun screen, first aid kit, bug dope, polarized glasses, spare hooks, snap swivels, a sharpening file and a spare cap to replace the one that always blows off and sinks.

"Begin with these six lure types (which catch most of the bass in Sports Afield's state fishing awards program): blue, purple, red and pumpkinseed colors in a 6 1/4-inch plastic worm (and a dozen 4/0 worm hooks and six each 1/4- and 3/8-ounce slip sinkers); three crankbaits in 1/4-, 3/8- and 1/2-ounce size and assorted colors; two 3/8-ounce slim minnow lures in metallic finishes; two overhead spinner lures in 1/4- and 3/8-ounce sizes, yellow and black; surface spinner lure in 3/8-ounce size and a weedless silver spoon with a forward spinner and a rear skirt.

"Learn to use these well and buy more only when you lose one (or see a buddy catch a mess of fish on a lure you haven't got). Sooner than you think you'll need a bigger tackle box, but by then you'll know better how big a box you need, so you can overstuff it."

Babe Winkelman is a one-man fishing industry, with videos, articles, lectures and fishing tackle. If Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat, Babe Winkelman is the Caliph of Crankbaits.

"I'd go for a large box," he says. He would start filling the tackle box with plastic baits, including six-inch action type worms in black-grape, transparent, ice blue, black, chocolate, shad and salt-and-pepper colors. Then he'd include some 4-inch swirltail grubs in black-grape and black-and-blue to go on mushroom jig heads from 1/16-ounce up to 1/4-ounce, along with slip sinkers from 1/8- to 1/2-ounce. Include worm hooks and a handful of round toothpicks for fastening slip sinkers.

Next, spinnerbaits: "My favorite is a 3/8-ounce single spin with a No. 6 Colorado blade," Winkelman says. "But also include 1/4-ounce single spins and tandem spins in each size and a few willowleaf and Colorado blades."

His favorite skirt and body colors are white and white, blue and chartreuse, lime and chartreuse, yellow and orange and black and black, with various colored blades. "I

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