I feel very blessed.

Didn’t get to go fishing today.  My fiance’s grandfather passed away about a week and a half ago and we had to go pickup a few things today at his house.

I was kind of surprised that no one else on his side of the family fishes.  Because of this, the family decided to give me his old tackle, saying that he would have wanted it to go to someone who would use it.  I’m also looking forward to Mark(ette) Jr.  catching a monster bass a few years down the line on a lure his/her great-grandfather passed on to us.  πŸ™‚

I thought I’d share a couple pictures of some of the things that were given to me.  I’m looking for tips on a couple things and just thought a couple items were really cool.

Bob was really big into going to Canada and fishing for giant toothy monstrosities. I’m guessing that’s why he had a bunch of these:

I don’t think I’ve ever used a spoon in my life but I’m looking forward to trying.  Does anyone have any tips/blog posts on how to fish them?   Can the smaller ones be used for bass and/or panfish or should I save them for a trip to a lake with some muskies and pike?

I didn’t pick up any rods as they were pretty old and brittle looking.  However, I did get a couple old reels that will probably get some use, most notably my second baitcaster!

This gives me a reason to pickup a new rod!   I was looking into the Amp rods by Berkley, anybody have any good/bad/indifferent experiences with them?  What I’ve read is that they’re a pretty good rod for the $30.  I also think I’m going to pick up some reel oil and try to make sure its working in the best condition possible.  It’ll be fun to see how an older Daiwa reel compares to my new (but inexpensive) Shakespeare baitcaster.

Clif (or anybody with fly fishing experience) may appreciate this next picture.  I didn’t find any fly rods or reels or anything but I did find these mixed in with some of panfish lures:

I’m curious as to why Bob had these but no other fly fishing gear.  Makes me kinda sad that I didn’t know to ask him while he was still around.  Whatever the reason, I’m very grateful to have them passed on to me as I’ll be picking up an old fly rod my dad has in his basement.  I’ll be giving fly fishing a shot for the first time.  Whenever I can find time to drive up to Northern IL that is.

I was really excited to see some of the different bass lures he had.  A few Rapalas, Mepps Aglia spinners, and some other crankbaits that I have been wanting to try but couldn’t have brought myself to spend the money on.  I’ll have to remember to silently thank Bob whenever I catch a fish on one.

Finally, I found this in the bottom of one of the tackle boxes:

Some old-school Omni-Flex mono.  Pretty sure it was made before I was born.  The best part is I found this on the back:

87 cents for 700 yards of 10 # test mono!  I just paid $5.97 for 330 yds of 6 # test Stren.  Damn you inflation!!!  πŸ™‚

Time for another week of work/school.  I have finals coming up (and getting married on the 25th in Vegas!) so I’m not sure how much I’ll get to fish over the next couple weeks.  Good thing is I have a lot to experiment with when I do!

Tight lines everybody!

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