For many anglers, winter is a time to put away the lures, pack up the boat, and store the tackle box in a dark corner of the basement. While some are lucky enough to live in warm climates like the Florida Keys, and others get to take their fishing to the ice, many anglers see winter as the “off-season.”
However, just because you’re not fishing doesn’t mean you should sit and be idle. Instead of wishing for spring, there are many things you can do during the winter to ensure a more successful year on the water.
Salt, dirt, and grime can get into your rods during fishing season, but winter is the perfect time to rinse them off and thoroughly clean them. Make sure to meticulously dry your fishing rods, as metal components can rust and get corroded from the water. A WD-40 wipe is a great way to combat rust, but you could also use a cotton ball to soak up any extra moisture. While you’re at it, inspect the line guides for damage that may ruin fishing line.
Using the owner’s manual as a reference, oil the gears and moving parts of your reel so they are smooth, lubricated, and protected. Be careful about disassembling the reel; many reels hold tiny springs and screws that can be very difficult to reassemble.
You can re-spool your reels for the price of a few lures, and winter is the perfect time to take care of this important, but time-consuming step. You can handle this project at home or you can take it to an outdoors store. Most of these locations will re-spool reels for you, keeping everything uniform and ensuring the line is attached properly.
How many lures in your tackle box have dull, rusty, or bent hooks. One option is to throw them out; a better option is to reinvigorate them with new hooks. You can usually find packages of treble hooks for less than a dollar each, which is a lot more affordable than buying brand-new lures.
While you’re extracting and fixing all those old lures, why not take the time to clean out your tackle box? Start by emptying the entire box of all items and placing them in a safe place like a large bowl or cardboard box; anything that will ensure you don’t have sharp lures lying around the house.
Now clean out the box with a damp rag and dry it off. Sort your lures by type and organize the box so you can easily find the item you are looking for. You should also use this as an opportunity to throw out unwanted junk that is cluttering your tackle box.
If you’re going to be sitting inside during cold winter evenings, it’s the perfect time to read up on fish and angling techniques. Reading about fish behavior, best practices, and new strategies will make you a more effective angler and make your fishing season all the more rewarding.
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Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky's Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.
You often hear the phrase there is nothing more important than a friend but like many other clichés of life especially at today’s pace, many of these old time sayings are said without really understanding their meaning. As I look back at the past five decades of my life spent in blue water and at my hunting career which has taken me all over the globe, I lift both hands in front of me and start counting off the friends which I could call at any time day or night for help; those who would put their life in jeopardy to save mine, or for that matter those who I can count on in the absolute worst of situations.
America (and much of the globe) seems to have an obsession with billfish, but few species are as popular as the Atlantic blue marlin. Not that there is anything wrong with black marlin, sailfish, swordfish, or striped marlin; it’s just that the blue marlin, which is the largest of the billfish group, has captured the hearts and passions of anglers for centuries.
If you want to join the ranks of anglers who’ve pulled up a blue marlin, you have your work cut out for you. But with the right techniques, you can add this world-class trophy to your list.