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How much stuff is too much? Well, according to sources that’ll go unnamed, I might have “too much” fishing stuff.
This leaves one, as in me, to wonder just where the line between “just barely enough” and “too much” falls?
So to clear up this question it would seem we might do some “considering” on our equipment and how it’s used!
Now when you do your considering, you have to think about several things, not the least of which is “what are we fishing for?” You wouldn’t go for bluegill with the same rod/reel combo you’d use for muskies.
Bluegill can be taken with a light or ultra-light spinning outfit in the neighborhood of 7-9 feet in length. This outfit will cast a 1/16-ounce Popeye, tipped with a wax worm, without much effort. And, if Mr. Bucketmouth happens to grab your bluegill jig you still have a chance of landing him. Just pray the bass heads for open water where you can let the rods light action wear him/her down.
Crappies grow a little bigger so a somewhat stiffer rod is called for. Something long, maybe around 9-12 feet long gets the nod. The long rod lets you “reach out” when you want to make a vertical presentation beside a submerged tree trunk.
With the 9-12 foot length even a medium action will seem “whippy.” Here again I like a spinning outfit because the reel is mostly just for “holding line”, but you can still cast, or more likely “fling.”
A Musky angler will use heavy and/or extra heavy rods and reels. A fish of maybe 40+ inches and with a mouth full of teeth is not a fish you play with. You hook one, after a thousand or so casts or several miles of trolling, and you just sorta winch’em in! This calls for a heavy levelwind reel.
Catfish can be huge! You’ll use very heavy equipment, if you want to be on the winning side of a tug-of-war with a big cat.
Then we have a bass angler! This pursuit can entail most all the equipment you’d use for bluegill to musky.
Lightweight spinning outfits around 7-foot are great for drop shotting, shakey headin’ or wacky rigging! Moving on up you need a medium action casting rod with plenty of flex for crankbaits. Medium to medium heavy actions get my nod for spinnerbaits and buzzbaits.
Worms and jigs, thrown on medium heavy-to-heavy action rods with 6 1/2 to 7-foot lengths will muscle in the boss bass.
Going in the thick weeds, lily pads or flotsam is going to take some heavy equipment. Rods in 7 ½ to 8 lengths, with heavy or extra heavy actions, coupled with a bait caster spooled with 65-pound braid, get the call in the thick stuff. Why so heavy? Well consider hooking a 4-pound bass hung in a thick grass mat! You don’t have to just reel in the 4-pounds of bass. You’re also hauling maybe 10 or more pounds of grass and trash.
So let’s see, we use long, whippy rods for bluegill and crappie. Then we use long whippy rods for drop shotin’, wacky riggin’ and shacky headin’. We use medium heavy, heavy and extra heavy equipment for musky and cats. Course the heavyweight equipment is used for bass too!
Soooo, for the sake of argument, why can’t we use our bass fishing equipment for other species too?
Well if you have to ask that you probably think it’s alright to take a dove gun on a quail hunt or maybe shoot a coyote with a deer rifle.
Having one rod and reel, or one shotgun, is like mixing a brown belt with black shoes or wearing white after Labor Day, some things are just plain “not done!”
So, as in shoes, belts or purses, there’s never “too much stuff” when considerin’ your fishing equipment!
n I’ve been real concerned about the bass spawn this spring! I worried that the water would stay up, the bass would spawn, and then the nests would be left high and dry when the water dropped.
As it turns out the water has stayed up, so maybe the bass will spawn and the eggs will hatch out before the water goes back down. The fry may even have a better chance of survival due to all the cover they’ll have to hide in. Time will tell!
Want to hunt instead of, or in addition to, fishing? Why not give coyotes a try. These “dogs” are plentiful in Kentucky and can pose a threat to newly dropped cattle and fawns. Rabbits, quail, domestic dogs and cats are also on the coyote’s menu. In reality, a coyote will eat anything that doesn’t eat it first!
What I said before, about “shooting coyotes with a deer rifle”, you can, just don’t tell anyone!
As for progress in your coyote hunting you’ll just naturally have to acquire specialized coyote hunting “stuff”, to include a dedicated coyote gun.
You’ll need calls, range finders, shooting sticks, a spotting scope, optics for the gun and warm weather camo.
And just so you’ll know, if you’re wearing brown hunting boots, wear a brown belt!
Mid-Kentucky Bass Anglers fish Springfield Reservoir from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, and Taylorsville Lake, launching from Possum Ridge at 6 a.m. on June 12. Weigh-in is at 2 p.m.
Guess that’s it for now. Get out and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. Stay safe and I’ll see ya next week!