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Bud Kennedy

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« on: August 22, 2017, 09:43:46 AM »

I guess it may be somewhat true that I am a tackle hoarder.  Although this may somewhat true I like to think of myself not as a hoarder but a collector of fishing products.  There, that sounds a whole lot better.

It is indeed true that I have products in my stash that are over 60 years old.  These products may have retired from service but they still hold a place of honor in my collection.  They speak to me and remind me of times gone by and how their acquisition took place.  Then I have all of my newer stuff that promises fish catching abilities beyond my wildest imagination.  Us tackle collectors tend to think of our products as milestones in our life.  It all means a lot to our psyche and comforts us in our hours of need.  As I have aged, the trips to the water are becoming somewhat less than in the past.  While this is unfortunate, I still have my collection to entertain my fishing fantasies.

I know many of you speak about downsizing your tackle resources.  Well let me tell you something.  The only purpose of downsizing is to make room for more stuff.  If you think otherwise then you are just flat wrong.  Donít be bullied into trimming your collection just because you think you donít use it enough.  Can you believe that just yesterday, my wife said you sure have a lot of rodsĒ.   Comments of this nature are blasphemous and donít deserve to be acknowledged.

Perhaps at this moment, you consider yourself an angler.  You fish a lot and may even be a tournament person.  Well then you need all of your tackle.  Soon enough you will one day be more of a collector than an angler.  I just wanted to write this to let you know that collecting is ok.  It is good for your soul.  Donít pay attention to anyone who suggests otherwise.  Today, I am not going fishing but I am going to play with my brand new Dobyns Rod with my brand new Daiwa reel.  Even though they have not yet been to the water they are already providing hours of fun and entertainment and are making their presence felt in the collective.

Now as a collector you have a responsibility to go out and buy more stuff.  You have to buy stuff and store it away in such a manner that you may even forget you that you even have it.  Thatís a good thing because when you find it again it is just like seeing an old friend or perhaps it is just like getting something new all over again.  Although this post is a bit of a tongue in cheek comment it does ring true for many of us.
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Re: Tackle Hoarder
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2017, 10:56:05 AM »

I agree Bud!  I have gone from being an active tournament angler to a sometimes angler but full-time collector,  My collection is a bit newer than yours but I still have many things that are still usable, I do still use them once in awhile, that are from back in the 90s.  My collection is 42 Plano style 3600 boxes.  Normally when I go fishing I take almost 20 of them with me.  I have gotten to the point that I am starting to pare it down by mixing baits in boxes like topwater and pad baits, squarebill w/shallow and medium divers, jerkbaits w/Long As and such. I do keep full boxes of somethings like jigs w/trailers, swimjigs w/trailers, Deep diving crankbaits, etc.
I have also changed out my whole rod collection over the past two years and pared it down a little
Keep up the good work on your end.   
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Re: Tackle Hoarder
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2017, 11:48:34 AM »

42 Plano style 3600 boxes.  Normally when I go fishing I take almost 20 of them with me. 
:shocking:  lo ~roflmao

I thought I was the only one. I have three 18 quart tubs full of plastics and 5 of the 3700 trays and 4 of the 3701 trays. Not to mention several old tackle boxes packed full of unused tackle. I usually have one large tackle bag and 2 of the 18 quart totes on my boat. I love fishing plastics so I take way more than I will ever use but I think my fishing partners like it because its like digging in a tackle store clearance bin for them. lo 

I only have 4 Spinning setups and 12 bait casting. Considering I have only 2 hands, and I don't loan my bait casting ones out, I think I have horded enough to last awhile. But I do have a new rod due here Friday ;D (my tracking number went to working last night)  ~c~ And that makes me need 3 more reels so all my rods have reels.  :( Then I can stop at 15 baitcasters  ~shade

Do you guys do that? For some reason it bothers me to have rods and not enough reels for them all. Or reels and no rods for them.  lo

As far as older lures and tackle saved for some sort of nostalgia... nope. I do have a spot for those that serve me well. Its on the end of my line till its lost. lo Most of the old ones still hanging around were junk and didn't catch anything so they didn't get fished till they were lost.   
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Re: Tackle Hoarder
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2017, 11:49:08 AM »

AMEN
My collection dates back to 1907. Will I use them, no but I often wonder how many big fish they have seen in their lifetime.
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2017, 12:10:09 PM »


I only have 4 Spinning setups and 12 bait casting. Considering I have only 2 hands, and I don't loan my bait casting ones out, I think I have horded enough to last awhile. But I do have a new rod due here Friday ;D (my tracking number went to working last night)  ~c~ And that makes me need 3 more reels so all my rods have reels.  :( Then I can stop at 15 baitcasters  ~shade

Do you guys do that? For some reason it bothers me to have rods and not enough reels for them all. Or reels and no rods for them.  lo

As far as older lures and tackle saved for some sort of nostalgia... nope. I do have a spot for those that serve me well. Its on the end of my line till its lost. lo Most of the old ones still hanging around were junk and didn't catch anything so they didn't get fished till they were lost.
Congratulations on the new rod, hope it is a good one.  With reels for rods, I am just the opposite.  I need to have spare reels for baitcasters and spinning rods.  For example, I have a Daiwa Capricorn baitcaster that has at least one bad bearing in the handle. So I need to have a spare to cover it while I am getting it repaired.  I actually have two spares for each.  Even though I never take all my rods with me on a fishing trip.
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Re: Tackle Hoarder
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2017, 03:07:10 PM »

For me it's roughly one in, one out. I just recently sold pretty much all my squarebill cranks, I had a whole box full of miscellaneous random cranks I never used and had no confidence in that I had picked up here and there. Sold them and bought a bunch of Megabass, Ima, and Mann's. Cranks I use and know they work.
I been doing some of that recently, paring down the collection and replacing miscellaneous stuff with stuff I will actually use. Mine's a working collection, I guess.
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Re: Tackle Hoarder
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2017, 07:49:00 PM »

So the answer to this post is; LONG LIVE THE MONKEY!!!
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Re: Tackle Hoarder
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2017, 08:16:13 PM »

So the answer to this post is; LONG LIVE THE MONKEY!!!
Rodney

Amen Brother. May he live long after I'm gone. He keeps us on public waters. That is one tax I don't mind paying.
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2017, 07:25:52 AM »

My wife read & copied this and sent it to her Quilting friends.
These ladies have the same STASH problems with fabric as we have with the
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Re: Tackle Hoarder
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2017, 05:53:12 AM »

By the way Bud, we are not hoarders, we are keepers of history! ;D :) lo lo
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