Sportsman's Tips

Sportsman's Tips

Sportsman's Tips

Get a Grip
Clear-plastic lure boxes work great for holding my tackle""until the boat starts rocking. Then they slide around and leave a mess when one spills. To keep them in place, I cut pieces of rubberized grip fabric, often used to line drawers, and glue them to the bottom of my boxes with contact cement. Whether I rest the box on my lap or the console, the fabric stops it from sliding. Now I can focus on fishing instead of picking swivels and sinkers off the deck.
"" David Grenbemer,
Bend, Oregon
Sportsman's Tips

Sportsman's Tips

Safety Tips
Storing my fly rods in the holders on my center console worked well, but at high speeds or in rough conditions, the long rod tips would bang against the T-top. After my favorite rod snapped I decided that I needed to come up with an idea to keep my expensive outfits safe. I took a piece of a foam noodle, slit it lengthwise and affixed it to my T-top with zip-ties. Then I cut vertical slits in the noodle with a razor blade to hold the tips of my fly rods. The rods stay separated and in place even in choppy seas, or when I gun the boat to the next hot spot.
— Taylor Lange,
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Sportsman's Tips

Sportsman's Tips

Dot the Eyes
I love fishing with high-speed vertical jigs, but after constant use and repeated strikes, I noticed that the eyes would often pop out. So to keep my jigs looking lifelike, I began putting a few dabs of clear nail polish over the eyes the night before a fishing trip to seal them in place. This helps keep the eyes intact no matter how hard I fish the jigs or how many monster amberjack take a whack.
— Brandon Tallale,
Miami, Florida