Like the Pros at Major League Fishing, we understand that choosing the right product can make or break success. Quality products aren’t just a good idea, they’re essential. The wrong choice can cost you a lot of time, money and energy.

Whether it’s a tackle box or toolbox, every pro has an arsenal of go-to items they depend on to always bring them success. We compiled a list of the items that our favorite Major League Fishing Pros keep in their tackle box and a few products you definitely need to keep near your toolbox.

 

Tackle Box Essentials

There are millions of fishing bait out there to pick from and choosing the right one can seem like an overwhelming decision. Below are a few tips from some of Major League Fishing’s Pro Anglers about their favorite baits.

 

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Bait That Imitates

Want to haul in a lot of fish? Imitation may be the way to go. MLF Pro Angler, Tommy Biffle, recommends including the Smoke Silver Biffle Bug as a staple bait in your arsenal. If he has to bet it all on one color, smoke silver would be his choice because it replicates the color of a bait fish. He also recommends the “Sooner Run Biffle Bug” bait because it’s a great crawdad imitation. Whether in clear or stained water, he assures it’ll help you catch in a lot of fish.

 

Natural Matters

Another MLF Pro suggests keeping it natural when selecting a bait. Michael Neal keeps his tackle box stocked with soft plastic baits with natural colors. Fishing in clear water? Grab a green pumpkin bait. Its color is natural enough to attract the fish and get them to bite. Venturing into stained water? Black & blue soft plastic baits are his go to option.

 

Current Creators

No tackle box is complete without baits that have a little movement. MLF Pro Brandon Palaniuk keeps spin bait on hand to attract the big fish. These baits have a power finesse technique that can score you a big catch. Their 3-2 blade design creates a water vortex that fish can feel and it triggers them to strike. Although the bait may look small, the water vortex convinces the big fish that the bait is an easily caught meal that will satisfy.

 

Toolbox Essentials

Like choosing the right bait for your tackle box there are a few items that are crucial to keep around your toolbox. Sealants are essential to have on hand to be prepared for the inevitable surprises in your home. Understanding the right product to use can save you time, energy and money. Here is a quick guide to eliminate the stress and help you to pick the right sealant for a successful project.

In case you were wondering, sealants generally have two main functions. They are essentially a “filler” used to seal a gap or “adhesives” to form a bond between two materials or substrates.

All sealants aren’t created equal so when choosing the right sealant, it’s important to consider:

  • Elongation/flexibility

  • Adhesion

  • If it’s water resistant

  • If it’s paintable

Let’s keep it simple

To complete most projects, there are a few main sealants you need to know about.

 

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Acrylic (Acrylic-Latex)

These are the sail boats of the sealant world- they are the go to product to address a wide variety of general projects. These products are usually pretty easy to use and have a low odor. For those who would like an acrylic sealant with an increased lifespan and a little more flexibility, choose a siliconized acrylic- latex hybrid sealant.

As you are selecting a sealant within this genre, keep in mind that they may include other features that would better serve your project. For instance, consider whether it’s essential that your sealant dries quickly, is paintable or super flexible.

Cleanup

Simply clean up with water and move on to your next project.

Uses

Most acrylic sealants can be used on any interior or exterior project. It can be used on siding, windows, doors, baseboards, trim and moldings. It also bonds well on almost all surfaces like wood, masonry, glass, stucco, plaster and tile. Generally keep moisture away from the application area until the sealant has fully cured.

 

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Silicone

If acrylic sealants are the sail boats of the sealant world, then silicone sealants are definitely the yachts. Silicone sealants are generally waterproof, never loose flexibility and have excellent mildew resistance. Their one flaw is that most cannot be painted, but depending on your project, that may not be a deal breaker.

Cleanup

Most silicones require mineral spirits for cleanup.

Uses

Silicone sealant can be used on both interior and exterior projects. It can be used on windows, doors, skylights, aluminum siding, trim, gutters, vents pipes and air conditioners. It can also adhere to aluminum, ceramic tile, glass, porcelain, fiberglass, vinyl and plastic.

 

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Polyurethane

Polyurethane sealants fall into the category of specialty sealants. When a polyurethane sealant dries, it produces a very tough elastic-like seal. It both seals and sticks to many surfaces well, including masonry, wood and metals. Polyurethane sealants are known to be excellent water and UV resistors and offer permanent elasticity in various weather conditions. Most polyurethane sealants are paintable and non-staining.

Cleanup

Most polyurethane sealants require mineral spirits for cleanup.

Uses

Polyurethane sealant can be used on both interior and exterior projects. It can be used on window & door frames, skylights, vinyl, wood, aluminum or fiber-cement siding, gutters, leaders & downspouts, expansion joints and air conditioners. Most can also adhere to masonry, concrete, metal, plywood, glass, aluminum, steel and plastic.

 

 

Are you a pro with tips of your own?  Contact us here to share your knowledge or comment below.

Do you have questions about your home improvement project? Connect with us here or comment below to receive help from one of our pros.

 

 

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