Being that I originate far above the Mason Dixon Line in the heart of Yankee territory I have had to struggle a little with this whole Southern Bass fishing thing. For one, my roots (and heart) remain steadfastly a fly fisherman- dry flies at that. But I gave in and geared up for Bass fishing.
Problem is taking the kids fishing. Every one of us that has spent a day on the water with several kids knows you spend 98% of the time fixing lines and setting bait. I started getting real annoyed with the needle nose pliers in the front pocket and having to hunt down the tackle box for hooks. So, using some Yankee ingenuity I went out this time with my vest instead of the box.
Not exactly southern etiquette but it worked great. Best part is my vest is designed for fishing streams. everything is tied down and set on retractable cords. Which means I never wonder where I laid my knife down.
So here is my basic set up on my vest.
1. Forceps- Works way better than the old needle nose, especially on pan fish and Bass. They are worthless on Catfish though.
2. Mag Light.
3. Hooks- On the front of the vest is a fuzz patch you can stick various hooks on. You need a hook, rip it off, tie it on. No more trips to the box trying to find some between kids.
4. Worm box- Simple tin box that you can snap on. Works awesome with little kids if your the one baiting all the time.
5. Line snip/ Finger nail clipper.- Quick and easy to cut the line, less dramatic than the Bowie knife.
6. Snaps- quick hook replacement, especially if your fishing ones with leaders already attached.
7. Hat with spinners attached- Just makes people think you know what what your doing.
8. Knife- Along with everything else, TIED DOWN.
9. Sinkers- I use the ones that come in a red container with a spin top because the container is easy to tie down.
10. Leatherman tool- Works great for on the spot repairs for the reel or hooks.
Non- Vest Items
Any kid I take out that I have to do most of the work with gets a closed faced reel- no discussion. I know one HP that will only get open faced reels for his kids. I think he is either bored or clinically insane.
If I’m out to slaughter pan fish, I carry brass salmon egg hooks in a old plastic snuff can.
I think I will take my kids to captain D’s lol, I probably would fall out the boat if I was in one trying to fish or lose my bait ever time I cast the line out .
I like the whole fishing vest Idea. Seems like something I would have thought up, were I not a hater of fly fishing. Just never got it. I don’t understand how you can catch fish with your line stuck in a tree all the time.
I can’t say that I am a master of southern bass fishing either. In fact my boat is currently for sale, so I won’t be tempted to torture myself again.
I have decided to stick with cane-pole fishing with the kids on the private ponds that people invite us to or the seafood department at the local Kroger Supermarket.
Maybe someday I will be able to go home (permanently) and fish for Walleye and Northern Pike again. That I know how to do.
Now there’s an idea! I haven’t thought of using a cane pole in years. I need to invest in some for next week, the kids will probably have more fun with that than the Zebco reels.
As for the Pike, I have always wanted to catch one, but every time I was someplace to fish for them I never got a bite