Someone recently told me that the highest selling item at many online tackle suppliers – not by total sales in dollars, but rather in terms of total items ordered – is Texas Rig pegs (aka, bobber stops).
I have no idea if that’s true. In fact, I kind of doubt it, because I can’t even begin to fathom how many Senkos, trick worms or flapping craws are ordered in the course of a year. On the other hand, if it does somehow turn out to be a fact, then I’m certainly part of the problem. It’s rare that I make an order from any of the regular retailers without throwing in a pack of pegs or a pack of trailer hooks. I always assume that I’m running out even if a quick scavenge through the boat and the pegboard would prove otherwise.
There’s a method to my madness, of course – the items are inexpensive, easy to lose, and even if you don’t misplace them or drop them in the drink, you usually end up with all sorts of mismatched one-off containers. I’m sure I have no fewer than 322 hanging bags that each contain a single 2/0 or 3/0 trailer hook, yet I’ve never taken the effort to consolidate them. Likewise, I’m certain that I’ve put at least 27 pairs of pants or shorts through the wash with a partially-empty bunch of pegs in the pocket.
I don’t know what the solution is except to be more careful (unlikely) or just to order more. It doesn’t seem like such a big deal at two or three bucks extra per order, but it’s scary to think of how much that adds up to and how much of it wasn’t strictly necessary.