Fishing Lures are expensive. We get it. We own the tackle shop and we think its expensive. But, anyone who understands the world of retail understands that these lures get sold three times before they reach our hands and everyone needs to make a buck. It stinks. That being said, Having the right lure for the right situation is huge. As there is no worse feeling than seeing fish pop in front of you, having tossed your 2-3 lures and than someone else next to you starts catching on a lure you were checking out at the shop that morning, but you thought was too expensive.
Or, what is probably even worse is to only carry one of your favorite lure in your box and lose it to a fish early in the day…. It is for these reasons that we highly recommend always having at least two lures of your 5-6 favorites and after that making sure you have some real width in your box. We also HIGHLY recommend having a lot of your favorite 2-3 lures as these will tend to be your go to’s. On Nantucket, from the beach, this is mostly your deadly dicks, hopkins, ballistic Missles. If you are a big nighttime bass guy, it is likely the bomber or rapala mag.
Now it is incredibly expensive to fill a tackle box. We get that! It takes time and drips and drabs of money. We do suggest early in your career or at a time when you have a few extra bucks to get a good foundation and than to add on from there. Never hesitate to ask Santa or the Easter Bunny too!
Last but not least, old lures that have rusty hooks or are beat up, can always be repurposed… New hooks are inexpensive and even old Bass lures that are beat up can often be turned into bluefish lures.
Does Color in a lure Make a Difference?
This is an interesting question for both the experienced and inexperienced angler. Most experienced anglers know a lure action they like when they show up at a tackle shop, but than they get there and that lure has 3-5 different colors. Which Color do you pick. Well if you listen to the old timers they talk about blueback and oliveback herring being prevalent in our waters or the mackeral. Well, all statements are true and all the bait in our waters do have different colors. The question is are fish keyed in on bait’s action or their coloration, or both? The answer as we see it, is that it is the action that gets fish enticed. If there is competition or you are fishing in turbulent water than fish are incredibly reactive and rely on their lateral line to find bait so color becomes irrelevant. That is why most anglers use something typically with white on it as white is seen on most baitfish.
But with all the above said… on too many occasions I have watched fish reject white, but explode on pink/green/yellow. Now usually if I am see a fish reject a lure they are studying, than they have the time to see something they do not like on that lure.
So my approach… I usually start with white or some variation of white and if I know fish are around but are not biting, I adjust. So should you have multiple colors in a tackle box of the same lure. Absolutely! While You might use one lure/color predominately there is no worse feeling than you “cheaped out” at the tackle shop and you are watching others catch a fish….
Nantucket Fishing Rod Buying Guide:
Buying a fishing rod for nantucket is not easy. This is because there are so many great rods out there and so many rods that are built for different circumstances. The challenge for the customer is figuring what they realistically want to do with the rod, what they are willing to spend and coming up with a few options to make the decision easier. While BFT’s selection is far greater than just what we have here, we have created a rod buying guide to help the customer make a decision.
One quick point, it is important to remember that rarely can one rod do it all, just like one golf club can’t do it all. That said, we know customers start with one rod and build their collection from there. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Where do you want to use the rod? in the Harbor, on the beach or on a boat?
- If on the beach, do you like to fish the big waves of the South Shore, the North Shore, or Great Point?
Of Course there are lots of other questions, like what lures do you like to use?, how durable do you want your rod to be? Do you prefer a stiff or soft tip? But let’s focus on just the two questions above. There are really three rod Lengths to choose from:
9 foot: great for fishing from the beach and longer casting. This rod would be to big for fishing the harbors/boat. These rods tend to be bigger/heavier, but are a must if you are a surf fisherman and need distance.
8 foot: 8 foot rods can be used both from the beach and the boat. This size rod can be a great “tweener….” From the beach you can cast these far and they are small/nimble enough to use on the boat. The only caveat is that while these 8 footers are great from the boat, they are often just not enough from the beach. 7 foot:
7 foot: A 7 foot rod is best when you have a specific task in mind. For instance: you like to fish the shallow water (harbor) or light lures (sluggos/yozuris.). 7 footers can be used from the boat or beach comfortably. We do not recommend a 7 footer from the beach unless you have a specific task in mind.
I love adventures, because you usually you are fishing new water, learning new techniques, or simply seeing something amazing from a new perspective. This might lead to an obvious question, “do I see my daily job of guiding as an adventure or as routine?” The answer is simple, as an adventure. If I get onto the water and I think I know exactly how the trip is going to play out, than I am missing something large. The ocean and the fish are always different, the question is whether you want to see them as something different.
There are so many things in life that are check the box type experiences… I need to go here because…, or I need to go to this concert because…Fishing should never be this way. Those that have the best days on the water see that day as a blank canvas. A painting that has yet to be painted with endless opportunities. Even if you fish 20-30 days a year, ski 20-30 days a year, never make it routine, never make it work, always make it special. How you ask… that is all in the approach. When you step foot on a boat or put your waders on don’t be prepared to judge the day on what you catch, but be prepared to judge the day on what your senses took in. What did you see, feel, hear, experience. And this isn’t just a clients job, but more a guide’s. Remind each client why everything that is going on is so cool. This is why I love adventures.
Even as small as coming in and out of Hither Creek should not be seen as routine. If you pay attentions you come in and out of the creek, you will surely see 6-8 different types of birds, gorgeous boats, light you have never seen. When on the water, it is a rare day you don’t see multiple fish, tons of bait, the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, sharks, sunfish is always there… It is amazing how much we miss because we close our eyes. If our eyes were just open more, we would be amazed at how awesome a fishing trip is before we even catch a fish!
Can’t wait to be with you on the water…
The beginning of a Nantucket fishing season is often filled with reading articles about new techniques and new products, looking at videos and photos of years previous and creating goals for the year ahead. At least that is my early Spring ritual. I also try and invest time and energy into fishing for different species in the winter months. Going on “destination fishing adventures.” I don’t usually call these vacations as I rarely come back rested, more I call these adventures because as we say in our family, an adventure is when you take on a new experience where you don’t know the outcome.
This past off-season I fished for sailfish in the keys (multiple times!) Snook and Reds in Florida (multiple times.) All four of my trips were incredibly different. One one trip for sails we boated 7 in a little over an hour while on the other we got skunked. One trip for snook was a by-product of visiting my folks and landed 4 snook in four hours on fly over 30 inches and the other was an epic 3 day voyage to Everglades City. This trip was by far the most memorable of the four, not for the fish that we caught but for the experiences. Everglades City in itself, is just a cool place with cool/real people. It was awesome. But what made this trip so special, was no the place/the fish, but the adventure that the whole thing was. Our guide was excellent and was insistent on not boring us. He showed us new locations, took us to areas he had not fished in weeks and reminded me that the best guides are on adventures with their clients. Too often we think that clients what the shoebox experience. The plug and play where we know what is going to happen and so do they. The best trips though are risks, adventures, pushing envelopes and maybe doing something that nobody else is. these are the trips I look forward to and so that leads to my philosophy as a guide. I try to guide as if I am the client. What experience is going to wow me, because if I am wowed…the client will be. The tough part is sometimes, When you push the edge, you come away with less than desirable results, which comes to my next philosophy as a guide…
Always have a safety valve. Push the envelope. Do something different, but be ready to produce in the end if you need to. For as much as we all love adventures, clients are paying good money for memories and sometimes one fish can make that memory happen.