Grandpa’s Tackle Box

Grandpa's Tackle BoxRecently, while rummaging through a pile of long abandoned fishing gear in a dark corner of the basement, I came across my grandfather’s old metal tackle box and antique bait casting rod.

Grandpa’s Tackle Box

It has been years since I last set eyes on them, and as I started to think about all the stories he used to tell about all the fish he used to catch, I wondered if all his old lures would still catch fish. After all, at the end of the day it’s the anglers, not the fish, that really take the bait on all the new hi-tech gadgets. Isn’t it?

Just as you or I get hooked on the latest thing to hit the fishing show circuit, my grandfather likely bought his lures based on the ads he saw in a magazine. The fish probably don’t care one way or the other. The things they eat haven’t changed for centuries. Like people, I suspect they are just as gullible today as they were back then. It’s all about the presentation.

So, I came up with the following idea for this season at Cottage Tips.

I am going to see how many fish I can catch this summer using the old classic lures found in Grandpa’s Tackle Box.

Some of the baits are in pretty rough shape, while others are just like new. I will replace the old rusty hooks with new ones, shine up the dulled spoons, and in keeping with his philosophy of giving the fish as much of a sporting chance as possible, I am going to pinch the barbs back on all the hooks.

I would also like to use his old rod and reel, but I am too afraid of dropping them into the lake, so I will use my regular ones.

Each week I will provide a report, with photos, of the fish I catch using the old lures. (Assuming I catch any at all.)

Stay tuned!

Written and photographed by: Andrew Walker

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