In preparation for our canoeing and bass fishing trip for our anniversary, my wife and I went to visit the local Wal-Mart. We needed to purchase a few lures for our arsenal and to purchase licenses.
Licenses and fishing tackle are expensive! I should have expected it but it always hurts to drop more than a few dollars on tackle. I long for the days when all that you needed was a Zebco 33 rod and reel combo, a few sinkers and bobbers, and a little time invested in digging some fishing worms.
Prior to making our purchase, I called my cousin Smiley to see what he recommended for the rivers that we plan to fish. Smiley is the best fisherman that I know. I briefly told him what I already have and he made a few recommendations.
My wife purchased the basic fishing license and the required conservation stamp. I purchased the sportsman’s package which covers hunting, fishing, trapping, and the conservation stamp. I also purchased the trout stamp to go with the package. In total, our licenses set us back $75.00!
As far as tackle goes, I already had the basics and quite a few lures and such. I just needed a few extras to add to the arsenal. I ended up purchasing:
- Rapalla CD-7 Sinking Minnow
- Heddon Torpedo
- Rebel 2 1/2″ minnow
- Rebel 3 1/2″ minnow
- Plano Double-Sided Gear Box (can you ever have enough of these?)
- Two Waterproof License Holders
The two Rebels were a decent deal at $2.96 each. The Heddon Torpedo was reasonable at $5.96. But the Rapalla was $7.46! It’s painful to pay that much for a lure. However, I’ve had more luck on Rapalla sinking minnows than any other lure I’ve used.
We’re getting excited about celebrating our anniversary and spending time out on the canoe slaying the small-mouth.
If you have any other gear recommendations or ideas, or any questions or comments, I’d love to hear about it.