One F wrote:
Unfortunately, as primarily a bass angler, I find myself bringing more stuff than I ever use (but I might need it!). My usual rig is 5 rods, a DIY tackle tote with 6 3700 boxes, a softsided plastics organizer, spinnerbait tote, net, and trophy trough.In my last tournament, I actually used ALL 5 rods as different techniques were working in different spots and I didn't want to keep re-rigging. Even with adequate prefishing to hone in on the pattern, I'm always thinking "what if my giant swimbait is the ticket today?"
I am with you. I bring 4 bass rods. I probably bring upwards of 50 crankbaits on a "normal" trip. Additionally there are topwater baits, jerk baits, etc. A zillion colors and types of soft plastic baits, jigs, hooks and sinkers. 40+ spinnerbaits in different skirt colors, weights, blade shape and blade color. That covers most of the bass stuff.
Then I often fish 1/2 day bass + 1/2 day sturgeon. Add a big sturgeon rod, 10lbs of sinkers in sizes 2-16oz, hooks, bait, leader material, scents, etc. I can't imagine too many folks topping my load weight on an average day of fishing.
Saddest thing is that I rarely change the lures I start the day with.
Fish tremble when they hear my name
A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are built for.
--John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic, 1928