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Updated: 03/27/2014 08:00:00AM

Stocking your tackle box

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The basics for a Southwest Florida angler's tackle box.

By Robert Lugiewicz

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Part of being a successful angler is being prepared for whatever the day brings. An example: You plan to go fishing for trout on the flats, so you bring popping corks, live shrimp and a handful of hooks. While you’re fishing, you keep seeing big snook running across the sandbars. Do you have the right tackle on hand to target them? You definitely need heavier leader than you would for trout, and the snook may not feel like taking shrimp — they might want a spoon or suspending plug. If you only brought what you thought you needed for trout, you’re out of luck. But if you’ve stocked your tackle box well, there’s no problem — just tie on what you need and start throwing at the snook.

What’s in a well-stocked tackle kit? That’s different for every individual angler, but here’s a list of the basics. This is stuff you should have with you every time you go out on the water.

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