Find the Lure before It Finds You

I just returned from the Bassmaster Classic, which was held in Shreveport, LA. While at the Expo, I learned a few tricks at some seminars and returned with a few innovative fishing products. Already wondering how I ever got along with out them.

One in particular that grabbed my attention was a lure organizer that uses powerful magnets to hold things in place, instead of the more traditional clips, foam or slots. It’s called the Gear Grabbar. And if you dangle a lure’s set of hooks near the magnet, it snaps into place. There is even a place it will hold long-nosed pliers and the top shelf also is magnetized for boat safety, securing other assorted hooks, snap & swivels, or jigs even during choppy boat rides.

My kids unfortunately have inherited some of my inability to locate misplaced items. But this device makes organizing lures, well, kind of fun. Now they are fighting to see who gets to snap lures back into place. (Could all of their toys be metal?)

Efficiency is a big part of any angler’s trip. I never seem to get enough time on the water, and while there, I do not want to be wasting time and scaring fish by noisily digging and shifting around searching for pliers, lures, or hooks dropped in haste.

The Gear Grabbar now strategically holds my “go-to” lures, armed and ready, rather than part of a jumbled mess (or modern art) to be shaken loose. And maybe, just maybe, I have sat on my last lure.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.