collecting equipment dos and donts
Posted 27 November 2010 - 10:28 PM
If you are in remote areas, especially with 8 & 10 year old girls, toilet paper and a folding shovel.
Dry footwear and wet wipes for the trip home are nice.
I have a big plastic box from Wally World I keep in the truck to house my junk. Buckets, nets, etc...
I can always ( despite the wife's objections ) find room for it when we travel.
Posted 28 November 2010 - 09:16 PM
1. Net & spare net head: large rocks or getting hung on a root can tear a net
2. Bucket and cooler: I carry a small bucket (4 gal) to the creek and transfer keepers to a cooler setup with a filter, airation, and 'chillers' to use during the summer. My chillers are two plastic things attached to the side that hold re-freezable ice packs. This really helps keep your fish happy and healthy during hot weather. The heat is a killer, especially for minnows, in the summer.
3. Creek Shoes and waders: Even though it's July and the water is warm, don't forget that hiking down a hill to the creek can leave lots of poison ivy on your legs. If needed I wear waders and put on creek shoes once I reach the creek bank.
4. Map: I mark access points and such on a Gazetteer and using Google street view prior to going to a new place is helpful to find access points
5. Supplies: Prime, aquarium salt, bag buddies, batteries, knife, multi-tool, towel, snakebite kit, and anything else that may be needed. I carry all of these in a small bag or backpack.
Dont forget to plan ahead if you will be out for a long time in a new place. Also, plan on what you will do with your keys. I use a small waterproof container that clips to my bucket handle. Nobody wants to lose their keys in a river, or slip and fall in a pool and ruin the keyless entry remote.
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