CONQUER CHAOS, CATCH MORE BASS!
Few know the drill like bass fan Scott Bonnema. The widely traveled and consistently successful tournament competitor is a firm believer that organizing tackle and keeping your boat in order can mean the difference between banner days and epic fails.
“Time is a precious commodity on the water, and wasting it scrambling to find baits, tools, or other gear will definitely cost you fish,” he says.
On the flip side, time spent organizing your tackle and maintaining order on your fishing platform is one of the best investments you can make.
Bonnema’s quest to wrangle gear begins long before he hits the water. His home tackle repository is a study in organization, with everything stockpiled for easy inventory and retrieval. Further fueling efficiency, everything is stored according to tackle type: Rapala X-Rap jerkbaits have their place, as do D-T crankbaits, Husky Jerks, Terminator single- and twin-spin spinnerbaits, various VMC jigs, Terminator buzzbaits, Lew’s rods and reels, Sufix lines and so forth.
Being able to quickly find different baits and tools translates into more bass in the boat on every trip.
When it’s time to pack for a trip, his trademark black F-150 serves as mobile base of operations, carrying ample supplies to restock all types of tackle board his Ranger Z-series destroyer.
Each step of the way, he takes full advantage of organizational aids such as storage lockers, bins, boxes, bags and trays, which are labeled to banish any confusion regarding contents.
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