Sportsman's Workbench April Issue

Some fishing tips and inventions created by our readers from the April issue.

Safe Keeping

Safe Keeping

Here’s a trick I learned as a result of two hook problems — one in my back and one in my finger. I slice off sections of a pool noodle and pull my plugs or treble hooks through the middle, embedding the point of the hooks in the foam. This is an easy way to cover the exposed points, and to prevent injury and tangling on a moving boat or in the bottom of a tackle bag. To keep lures on the rod, I just cut the noodle and carefully remove it from the hook. Con Grant Oak Island, North Carolina
Shrimp Saver

Shrimp Saver

To keep live shrimp from bouncing around in the livewell while the boat is moving, I made a shrimp bed with a mesh produce bag. I sewed weights from a worn-out cast net along the borders and the middle of the bag to keep it flat at the bottom of the livewell. This gives the shrimp something to hold onto, similar to their natural sea-grass environment, thus preventing them from being sloshed around while in transit. Tino Vasquez Corpus Christi, Texas
Tubed Lures

Tubed Lures

Usually when you buy a trolling or casting lure, it’s packaged in a nonreusable container. To protect the lures at an economical cost, I make my own lure tubes with two inexpensive items from the hardware store: a fluorescent-light-bulb tube protector and several 11⁄2-inch plastic end caps. Simply cut the tube with a sharp knife into desired lengths to fit each of your lures, and close both ends with the caps. Louis W. Burkart Destin, Florida