Shopping in St. Martin
When I was shopping in St. Martin last month, I bought a bag, akin to a backpack, in a fishing store to house all my stuff. I wanted one place to put everything as I board my boat. The more separate items I have to carry, the greater the chance of leaving something behind. The bag was clearly for fishing as the compartments were just the right size for small things, and it had all of the features listed here. It wasn’t the same as a modern business bag although there are some similarities. You do want a place for your sunscreen, sunglasses, cell phone, protein bar, and bottles of water. The rest is a bit different.
Fishing season is all ear round in Anguilla lucky for me. I don’t have to wait for a special time or vacation. Thus, my fishing bag is a well-stocked tackle box. While each fisherman likes special items, I have my priorities. You must consider the type of fish in your area, whether you are deep sea fishing or in a lake or stream. No doubt you will include extra line in case yours breaks or gets tangled. A heavy, durable line is required for rough conditions. Obviously in a smooth-as-glass lake, it can be thin and clear. (It is all about stealth more than control).
Next comes a good sampling of hooks in different sizes. As above, river or lake trout will not require he same one as a huge marlin. Some fishing aficionados like bobbers or floaters so you know when to reel in a caught fish. Using these gadgets means you need a slip bobber so it can move up and down your line. Some of you might use sinkers to add weight to a hook and worm for example. They are made of lead for the most part, although there is some environmental concern about this. Alternative materials are brass, steel, tungsten, and bismuth.
I said everything goes into my bag, but I must say that this excludes live bait. I do carry some plastic worms in various colors and sizes. They are said to promote more bites from the fish. Then there are the requisite lures. There are hundreds to choose from depending upon where you are fishing and the size of the prey. They are called “spinners” because an attached blade creates movement to attract the fish. I advise a needle nose pliers to take the hooks out of the fish after they are caught. Last, I add a line cutter in the form of nail clippers or a knife. If you have no choice when you get a snag, this will come in mighty handy.
Sometimes there are mishaps and minor injuries. So, my “tackle box” backpack contains a first aid kit. You might get nabbed by a hook or you could fall and scrape a knee. You need bandages, Neosporin, medical tape, and the like.