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Old 04-18-2006, 08:23 PM
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Need some advice on how to stock a basic beginners tackle box (freshwater for now). What type of lures would you recommend, what sort of line, sinkers, etc. I grew up fishing with my Grandad and have taken my kids on Vermont lakes a few times (worms).

We are headed to Pennsylvania for a week of fishing in late summer and I thought it would be good to seek some advice on properly stocking some basic equipment. I did a forum search but did not come up with anything.

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Old 04-18-2006, 08:39 PM
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Here were my go-to freshwater lures and baits growin up on freshwater in that part of the country:
Rapala floating minnow maybe 2-1/2" long THIS LURE IS DEADLY MORE THAN ANY OTHER I HAVE USED
Dardevle spoon in red & white
Flatfish
black Jitterbug or other type of surface noisemakers for at night for LM bass
some Mepps spinners (better in cooler spring water on trout, etc., but worth having)
selection of soft plastic worms, tube baits, slug-gos, crawfish imitations for SM bass in rivers or lakes in late summer
a selection of small hooks, split shot, snap swivels, nothing exotic this is all Wal-Mart type stuff
nail clippers for cutting line
maybe some stainless needle-nose pliers or hemostats for removing hooks
Lures are nice but nothing can usually compete with live bait so when all else fails, get out the flashlight and hunt up some nightcrawlers, or catch some crayfish or grasshoppers or crickets or hellgrammites or minnows...if that doesn't work, maybe bacon or corn or cheese will!
I would go with 6# or 8# clear monofilament or possibly Berkeley Fireline if you're not a total rank amateur...spinning tackle...Zebco closed-face reels are great for kids and my Dad still used one for trout well into his 70s...
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Old 04-18-2006, 10:48 PM
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Buy it all now
because tackle is an addiction
and you will eventually pruchase it all anyway

my go to/no fail lure was a Chartreuse Jointed Rapala of varying sizes
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Old 04-19-2006, 12:20 AM
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12-14 lb. test line
1/4 oz spinner baits...white skirts, chartreuse and white...maybe a black and blue
2 Lunker Lure type buzz baits. White is a good color
6" plastic worms...pumpkin seed and purple.
2.0 hooks. I like Owner hooks
1/8-1/4 oz. bullet sinkers
Tiny torpedo topwater plug. Clear is my favorite color.
#4 Rapala
1/4 oz Rattle traps, varying colors. I'm partial to chartreuse and black...and silver.
3" grubs...with 1/8 oz. lead head jigs.

I could take that assortment and catch fish on just about any body of water that holds bass.
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Old 04-19-2006, 12:46 PM
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Thanks to all. Time to stockup. Can't wait to get there.
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Old 04-19-2006, 04:56 PM
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Second the jointed rapala minnow, in gold and chartruese, I had every size and didn't take anything else after a while.

Spinnerbaits are good for covering water fast, I like chartruese and white.

Definately spinning tackle, 6-7 foot light or medium light rod, 8-10 lb line.
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Old 04-20-2006, 10:53 AM
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Now, what about for Saltwater?
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Old 04-20-2006, 01:00 PM
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Nestor - 4/20/2006 10:53 AM

Now, what about for Saltwater?
That would require ahem a lightly larger tackle box.
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Old 04-22-2006, 12:16 AM
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A cigarette lighter, a pair of ear muffs, and two sticks of dynamite. Oh yeh, you will also need about ten ice chests for your catch. Doc of the Bay
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Don't overlook stream and river fishing in PA! Smaller equipment is in order for these locations (4-8lb). There is a growing smallmouth bass population. My top lures include small jigs and small rapalas and most recently the yamamoto senkos. I was skeptical at first, but these things catch fish! No weight needed and less action is more with these.
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Old 04-27-2006, 11:37 PM
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I have read so many top ten fishing lure articles, I swore some day to make one of my own.
#1 Rapala Jointed Minnow J7 Black back silver and gold.
#2 Rooster Tail White 1/16 or 1/8 oz.
#3 Mepps #0 silver with white skirt
#4 Berkley Gulp June Bug or Grape 6" jelly worms.
#5 Strike King 1/4 to 1/2 oz tandem leaf spinnerbaits chartreuse and white
#6 Rat ' L ' Trap Mini Original bleeding shad.
#7 Little Cleo Blue and Silver 1/8 to 1/4 oz.
#8 Slug - Go 5" silver, pearl.
#9 Heddon Zara Puppy, Silver, White Red Head
#10 Bomber Long A Black back or White Red Head
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