I’m not sure I can really call myself an outright lure junkie anymore. I have plenty of lures and buy plenty more when I have the desire to do so but one thing is for certain, I have refined my tastes. It’s no longer about going out and buying whatever is new but what I really think is going to work. I remember a few years ago, it wouldn’t be uncommon for me to spend over $500 per visit to the tackle store and that was just for what I call consumables.
The consumables (stuff you should be losing pretty regularly) have certainly changed. When I first started fishing, it was jigheads and soft plastics, about 2 years ago it shifted to about 50/50 soft plastics and hardbodies and now it is almost completely hardbodies (although I haven’t bought a packet of plastics in a good 12 months, so it might be completely hardbodies). I have refined my tastes, found what I like and keep buying the same type of lures.
My hardbody collection has now tapered down. Since my first trip in a Hobie, I now carry more of the lures I like rather than all of the lures I own. Tackle trays dedicated to crankbaits have Atomic Cranks, Daiwa Baby Cranks and Ecogear CX35s, with a sprinkling of other crankbaits. I no longer have the need to carry the latest release in every colour but would rather carry multiples of a single lure in my favourite colours.
This has helped me, I can now load a Hobie Pro Angler without compromising on my confidence lures and haven’t looked back. I realised that a lot of lures would sit there and over time the trebles would rust and I was replacing the trebles for them to rust some more, all of this, without ever being used.
I know I still have the Lure Junkie status, as I cannot bear to sell them or give away those unused, unloved lures. Maybe it’s because I’m a hoarder or maybe because I need them there to remind me of where I’ve been or what I’ve learned but I can honestly say that I have no need to take them for every trip anymore.
I’m sure there are many like me around the country with varying degrees of the lure junkie affliction, enough of us to start a weekly group… let me start by saying, my name is Chris and I’m a lure junkie…
What’s your best Lure Junkie moment?