Flathunter made a good post about buying tackle . http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20408 This usually hits me HARD in the winter. I lov eit when new things come in. I keep them all nice & shiny. Theya re put on nice, new clean rods. I store them nice & neat, in fact nice enough so they look good up close & from a distance. BUT when fishing season comes around, that all goes out the window. I will keep them in my jeep for days at a time after fishing. I put them in the 1st open sapce I find. Right now my boat has about 10 rod & reel in it, just becasue it was the cloest spot I could find. Is anyone else like this?