With spring right around the corner, it is time to get ready for open water Fishing. 1st we all need to make sure to get a New Fishing License by April 1st. And next it is time to inspect, clean or repair all your fishing gear along with evaluating your boat needs.
So here are some tips to help you get prepared and in the mood for those 1st days out:
-Check all rod guides for wear that could damage your line. Run a Q-tip in the guides to see if it catches on burrs and if so, you need to replace that guide along with any broken rod tips.
-Rub candle wax on male ends of your 2-piece Rod section. This will clean and lubricate along with helping to keep sections seated while fishing.
-With a toothbrush and soapy water, clean rod guides, reel handles and reel seats, etc.
-Clean and lubricate your reels and this is where you may wish to check manual for help.
-Replace old lines that feel rough when dragging your thumbnail along them. Since this is the link between you and the fish, use good quality line and spool it properly for trouble free fishing.
-Clean and inspect lures, do any needed touch-up, sharpen or change hooks.
-Organize your tackle box and take inventory of equipment or gear you may need.
Now is a also good time to get good spring deals. A part of the tackle which many anglers give little thought to is terminal tackle, that other stuff which is not a lure. But as we learn new techniques and experiment with new presentations, we find styles, shapes and sizes of those items really affect the number of fish caught. In fact, we have separate utility boxes for specific terminal tackle to keep them organized and easy to find. For example, we may keep tube baits, tube hooks and tube weights in one box. Therefore, match your hooks and sinkers to the baits such as using a 2/0 hook with 6 inch worms and a 3/16 oz weight when worming in water depths of 6 feet or less. Do not be stubborn about making tackle changes even though you are comfortable with your tackle. Hooks are one of the items that have evolved with many new unique styles and shapes. The first time we saw some such as Triple-grip, R-bend (or Skip Gap) worm hooks, Ultra Lock, Jig hooks and the Circle hooks, it was hard to take them serious. However, after trying, we found they hold baits better, provide better hook-sets and held fish better which equals more fish. New tackle trends are worth trying, so keep an open mind to changing your fishing style to reap their benefits.
OK, lastly, now lets uncover that boat, get it off the blocks and clean it up from storage all winter :
-Dig out your outboard motor and clean it up, clean or replace fuel filter, lube areas shown in the owners manual and change gear lube if not done prior to storage.
-DO NOT forget the batteries, clean, check, charge them and fill with distilled water if needed.
-Make a check on All Safety Equipment and re-arm any inflatable life jackets.
-Do any needed maintenance on your boat trailer such as wiring, lube wheel bearing, inspect the bunks & carpet for waer and check tires. – Also check operation of the winch and inspect all straps and tie downs for wear.
If you have been considering a new boat purchase we hope last months article helped you with your research.
ALSO REMEMBER TO PUT DRAIN PLUG IN BOAT and again, DO NOT FORGET THAT NEW FISHING LICENSES..!
By doing these things to get ready now, you will be ready to Go Fishing as soon as the weather breaks.
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Till Next Time, GOD BLESS & GOOD FISHING.!