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Whether you live in New Hampshire year-round, or just come up to Lake Winnipesaukee to enjoy the various seasons, it is important to keep your tackle box cleaned and ready for your next fishing adventure. While fishing is available throughout the year at this very large and diverse lake, the target species, bait, and fishing equipment that you might use will vary to best suit your needs. Local tackle rentals offer simple solutions for visitors who might not have been prepared, but if you are doing any amount of serious fishing in New England, you’ll want to get your Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle box in order. Ice fishing equipment for the winter and a variety of lures are available at bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro for the rest of the year; you just need to know where to look.
Inspect Your Tackle Box
Start the process by taking a good, hard look at the current state of your tackle box. Take stock of the basic tackle items that you have, including bait hooks, fishing line, sinkers, bobbers, and other essential fishing accessories. Pull out all of your fishing tools and lures, inspecting them as you go to see if they need to be repaired or replaced. Arrange them by type, size, color, species, or whatever method works best for you. Getting organized can help you to make quick decisions while out on the lake and choose the best equipment for the situation. Consider replacing broken or worn lures and accessories when you visit our bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro with high-quality Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle.
As you remove items during your inspection, take time to clean out each compartment, tray, and segment of your tackle box. If there are things that can be tossed, do so at this time. Once everything has been removed and cleaned, take care to look over your tackle box as a whole to ensure that it is still in reliable and sturdy condition. Any cracks, broken handles, missing screws, or other elements might signal that it’s time to upgrade to a new box. Local tackle rentals can help you in a pinch, but you don’t want to be out on the lake and suffer a catastrophic breakage of your trusted tackle box. Consider a separate tackle box for ice fishing equipment and gear, as well as other seasonal boxes if the fishing is drastically different from what you use during the spring and summer months.
How to Organize a Tackle Box
There are tons of articles, guides, and videos online with comprehensive step-by-step instructions for organizing a tackle box. There’s no reason to go that in-depth here, but just to suggest that you find a method that works best for you. Trying out new and improved techniques for tackle box arrangements and organization can help you stay on top of your equipment and accessories throughout the year. Types of lures can be grouped together, such as crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jerk baits, as well as by the action of the lure itself. Putting seep-running, medium divers, or top-water lures into separate areas can make it easier to select the right options when you are out fishing.
You will appreciate a better-organized method for your Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle and ice fishing equipment when you are out on the lake in the pre-dawn hours, fumbling around in the dark for the right gear. Speaking of making things easier, consider adding other items to your tackle box as well that will make the entire fishing trip more enjoyable. When you visit our bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro, you will see that there are many different options available for your tackle box. Flashlights, crank radios, fishfinder technology, underwater video cameras, foul weather gear and just about anything else you can imagine should be considered to add to your tackle bag, box, or setup.
Fishing Rods and Reels – Spending just a bit of time cleaning up the rod blanks between seasons can help your fishing rod to last much longer. Keep it simple with mild soap and water, making sure to dry everything well before storing or putting away. Pay special attention to the reels, as they are essential for making the perfect cast. Maintaining your fishing equipment is part of the fun, learning how everything works, and taking care of it, so it will be ready for the next trip is part of the experience. Using mild soap and water again, remove all dirt, dust, grime, slime, and fish scales from the surface. Clean the inner workings of the reel as well, taking time with all of the cavities and areas of the equipment before applying reel grease. This should be done a few times throughout the year if you fish year-round or at the end of the season if you only get out on the water during the spring or summer months.
Local Tackle Rentals and More
If you are ready to take on your Lake Winnipesaukee fishing tackle, ice equipment, and other accessories, make sure to head on over to our bait and tackle stores in Wolfeboro for replenishments. Lures, sinkers, bobbers, and line are not designed to last forever. Replace worn and broken equipment as soon as you notice it and take time each year to clean and organize your tackle box for best results. Give us a call at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) to make reservations for boat rentals or to learn more about the products, live bait, and supplies available at the NH Hole in the Wall.