Monday, January 23, 2012

Bass Fishing in 2012; It's Never Been Better

Cold dreary days really suck; I am sitting here in my office on a 35 degree January Monday, trying to come up with something good to blog about. Pretty hard to do when it is cold with snow on the ground, drizzling, foggy and all you want to do is go fishing.

Then the guys in the showroom started talking about the B.A.S.S. Southern Open held last week on the Harris Chain in Florida. They really caught them, the winner of the event (Chris Lane) had a three day total of 72 lbs 11 ounces. That's a little over 24 lbs. a day. That got us thinking, bass fishing has never been better than it is right now and we still have 342 days left to fishing in 2012.

When you look back at the past and see the weights of fishing tournaments in the good old days, in most cases they are being overshadowed by the weights of today. Talk to the fisherman that fish the Potomac River, Okeechobee, Guntersville, the Harris Chain and many others. Anglers are all saying the same thing, fishing is better now than any time in the past. Is it because we are better fisherman, have better equipment or are the fisheries simply better? I can't answer that question and maybe no one could, but I can tell you that we are truly looking at a great year of bass fishing in 2012.

The upcoming fishing season is just a few weeks away for most of us. Days are starting to get longer. Temperatures are going to stabilize within the next 6 weeks hopefully and we will be back on the water doing what we love to do; fish. The time to get your equipment ready is now. Lousy days like today will soon be a thing of the past. So when you look outside today and see the white stuff through the rain and fog, remember better days are just around the corner. 2012 is going to be the best bass fishing we have ever seen and that is something to be excited about.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year; Is Your Tackle Ready For Spring?

The hectic running around that the holidays demand are over and the new year is here; soon a few warm day will appear and the opportunity to fish will present itself, will your tackle be ready?

The days are already getting longer, but daylight is still at a premium. Cold nights and reruns on TV are still part of the anglers near future. So what can you do to get pass these long nights? Work on your fishing equipment. It is the next best thing to getting to go fishing with your equipment.  So what can you do to get ready? Below is a list of easy to do items that will make your first few fishing trips seamless and more enjoyable.

Every angler gets surprised by the weather and their fishing buddy calls up and says; "it is going to be 70 tomorrow lets go fishing". You then have to run around and get all your stuff ready; tackle , rods, reels etc... The trick is to do it all now, so when it's time you'll be ready. Step 1 Fishing line. Go get all your reels out, make a list of what lines you need, go get those lines and get it done. Step 2 Tackle. Go get your early season fishing tackle ready, No not your top water boxes; the jig, grubs, rattle traps and spinner baits. Check the boxes for rusted hooks caused by leaving tackle wet, discard those baits cause you would throw them anyway when you are on the water. Check skirts, swivels and trailers. Get your terminal tackle ready; weights, toothpicks and hooks. Step 3 Rods & Reels. Check your Rods and Reels outs, check those guides and reels seats, grease those reels or take them to get serviced by someone that can if you are not comfortable taking your reels apart. I have found that reel maintenance truly makes a big difference. They cast better and further after service and they are quite a bit quieter. Step 4 Check the batteries in your weight equipment. If you have a Cull-Um Rite or other type of scale, change the batteries now. Gather up your fish pins, clean your bump board. Have all the culling equipment working and ready to go. Step 5 Check your net. Make sure the handle is good, the netting is attached and doesn't need repair. All of these steps are easy to do, getting them ready keeps you from getting board and will make fishing more enjoyable.

So tonight when you get home, eat dinner, go get on the couch and start to watch that rerun of CSI, get up, get your tackle out and start getting ready for that call from your fishing partner, "Hey it is going to be 70 tomorrow".



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