Getting Ready to Go Fishin’
By Sam Anderson
I'm sitting down to write this in the middle of March. The last sport
show is done, I only have a few seminars left to do and I picked up my
new boat yesterday. I'll have the boat rigged in just a few days, so now
the fun can begin!
We've had an unusually cold and late winter so it might be a
little later this year when I first get a chance to wet a line. You think
that you've got cabin fever, I've got a real bad case. I'll be on
a river some place before our actual Minnesota opener, and I'll get a chance
to do some ice-out crappie fishing, but in a very short time, less than
a month my boat will find some small lake to go after a few walleyes.
Around that second weekend in May I'll more than likely opt to
go to an area that offers a lot of options. I might pick a place like the
Alexandria area. It offers such a wide variety of options.
There are prairie lakes, medium deep smaller lakes, large deep lakes, and
everything inbetween. What happens with the weather between now and
the opener will help me chose the lake where I might start, but the local
weather on the opener will probably be a larger determining factor than
anything. That's why I like an area like Alexandria for early season fishing.
The water temperature is going to be the dictating factor in
what the walleye will be doing in a given lake. I could be fishing post
spawn fish in one of those prairie lakes, or I could be fishing pre-spawn
fish in a lake like Miltona.
If, for instance, a cold front hits just as the opener arrives I'll
probably be on one of the shallower dirtier bodies of water in the area.
If we get some nice stable weather I'll probably put the boat in one of
the deeper, clearer bodies of water. I'll keep my options open.
When I mention options it brings to mind that an angler needs
to spend some time getting organized and orientated again with their equipment.
I can remember my dad’s tackle box, you know the one I am talking about.
It weighed about fifty pounds and when you opened it, it grew with length
and different levels so it took up the entire length of the floor between
the seats. All the tackle that dad and you had purchased over the
years was contain in that box. Some of the tackle was in need of
repair, but it still had a place in the box next to all the other tackle
that was housed there. Today many of the tackle box companies provide
the angler with clear finished boxes that make the identification of their
contents easy and quick when you have to select in a hurry. They
also make sense in the aspect that you don’t have to have that old box
like your dad’s.
When getting ready for this fishing season spend some time going
through your tackle box and maybe it is a good time to get a new box.
Check all the compartments and remove all the lures and set them aside
so you can wipe out the box itself and let it dry. Don’t use chemicals
or industrial cleaners, a damp rag will clean up most of the plastic boxes
that have been out there for over twenty years. Then inspect your
baits and lures. Do they need to have new hooks put on them?
How sharp are those hooks? Now is the time to touch them up with
a file and get them sharp for the up coming season.
This is the time to discard those items that you know you will
not need or use. A good friend of mine always said,
“In order to be successful on the water you have to spend some time in
the garage”. That is very true and it not only pertains to
your tackle box but also your vehicle.
One item that I use extensively that makes my life easier is
the aluminum boxes that are put out by Dee Zee. They are constructed
of heavy-duty Mill Finish Aluminum that is welded for superior strength
and performance. The Mill Finish Storage Boxes are included in a line of
heavy duty truck accessories all under the label of Diamond Brite.
Inside one of these boxes I carry spare line and reels.
I might get to the lake and discover I forgot to change reels for the conditions
I am fishing so I can just step to my truck and select a reel or line.
Inside another box I will carry all my unused crankbaits, jigs,
live bait, and plastics that I don’t have in my current boxes in the boat.
I might also in another box carry my rope, duct tape, pliers, tools etc.
The boxes are arranged in the toppered bed of my truck so that when I go
fishing I have all these things at my fingertips.
Organization and knowledge of where items are at, either in your
tackle boxes, boat or vehicle will improve your success this year.
With the advent of spring and open water the opener can’t be
far behind whether you are trying to select a lake or organize your tackle
box. I still would like to hear from you about your success.
Drop me a line on the web at www.samanderson.com
and let me know where your heading to this season or if you have any other
helpful tips to get ready to go fishin’.
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