About three weeks ago I was at a church sale with the little lady and found an old plastic tackle box that was evidently full of stuff guessing by the weight of it. That box and an old Herters spinning rod with a working Mitchel 300 came home with me for $2.00. The rod I re-spooled with line after giving the reel a bath and had it ready to take to the local bait shop to drop off. The owner gives these rods out free of charge to the less fortunate kids here in town.
I opened the box and got to digging around and came out with a Mepps spinner kit with a price sticker of $4.99 on it that contained 12 new spinners of trout size. Three Rapala baits were still in original boxes, never having been opened and the most expensive of those was $5.99. There was a De Liar fish scale in a beat up box that looked brand new. The box fell apart just taking out of the tackle box. I set this stuff aside for moi.
The box still had a ton of crap in it from snells to loose hooks to stringers, pliers, knives, sinkers…you get the jist of what was there.
My fishing buddy’s grandson about 5 has begun fishing so I sent the box home with his grand dad to give to him. I remember being given stuff like this and it didn’t matter what condition it was in it was a treasure trove and I’d spend hours handling that stuff.
I found another such box today at yet another church sale. It didn’t have a lot in it that I want but for a needy kid I think it’ll make for some real fun times so when I drop that rod, and a couple others, off this newest box will go along.
I still can’t believe some of the unusual tackle I’ve found in these old boxes that nobody has time for. It’s a shame to see this stuff go to the dump instead of getting in the hands of someone who’ll put it in the hands of some less fortunate kid.