Dispatches from Matt’s Toybox

This month or whatever of having less to write about is going to be rough. And I’ve only had this thing going for, what, two months? Yeesh. So, in the midst of feeling guilty about not posting, and also taking all the ice fishing stuff out to store in the garage (and eventually cleaning out the garage), I decided to make a post before I forgot about Matt’s most recent Gander-spree.

We love all the sporting goods stores near us. Particularly Dick’s and Gander Mountain. The latter has their big Spring fishing sale on. It started last Saturday, and I believe it goes until maybe the 23rd of March? Anyhow. After the Fisheree, we went to Gander.

This all looked like significantly more when it was still in the packaging.

This all looked like significantly more when it was still in the packaging.

Those would be, clockwise from top, a new tacklebox (complete with plenty more lures), a shooting stick, a pack for fly fishing, a call bag, three new muskie lures, and a new fishing pole (that one’s actually for me). At least now we have just the one tackle box for open water, instead of the 2-3 we’d lug around last year. The shooting stick will come in handy when we have to hold absolutely still during turkey season. The fly bag is pretty self explanatory. The muskie lures- who knows if we’ll ever catch one, but those things are enormous. And the new rod and reel for me, well. If I hadn’t put that in the cart, he would have spent $350 on himself, and I would have only been able to sigh wistfully.

Huge muskie lures

Huge muskie lures

A clear case full of all new soft lures

A clear case full of all new soft lures

The cat is highly suspicious.

The cat is highly suspicious.

But there’s something here I’m forgetting. Something Matt has been giddy about buying ever since he first saw it on the shelf. Every time we go  to Gander, he touches them. He’s had it planned out to buy himself one for turkey season since last summer.

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That’s right. A ghillie suit. He finally bought it, on sale. And he was so excited about it that we barely got it home before he put it on to try it out.

The dogs are all "WTF?"

The dogs are all “WTF?”

Our dogs were confused and also terrified. I would have been too, if suddenly Swamp Thing appeared in my front room and I didn’t have thumbs or language to convey my fear and confusion. This leads me to Play Outdoors’ first video.

You can sort of see the carnage from Matt’s shopping spree in the video. Some bonus images, too, while I cleaned our terrible, messy garage (one more thing set to rights in this house).

Most of the decoy collection.

Most of the decoy collection.

Drying hides- Mine is on the right, Matt's left. They will look much nicer once we finish them up.

Drying hides- Mine is on the right, Matt’s left. They will look much nicer once we finish them up.

Also, a final image of Swamp Thing standing in my house.

At least Swamp Thing is smiling.

At least Swamp Thing is smiling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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