Thursday, September 17, 2015

End of Summer Blues

I hate when we get past summer vacations and the kids go back in school. Everyone is distracted and busy getting everything organized and need to run extra errands. Also, have you noticed how early it is getting dark in the evenings since Labor Day. I have; it stinks!! Before long we will be turning the clocks forward. I call it the end of Summer Blues.

But all is not lost, the end of Summer also means the beginning of the Fall fishing weather. Cooler nights make for good sleeping weather and a changes in our local waters. Pleasure boaters and jet skiers are out in smaller numbers and boat traffic in general is down. Ramps and other boating facilities are freed up making boating and fishing more stress free. This is all good news for the die-hard anglers.

Our local waters also change greatly during the Fall fishing season. The grass starts to break up and fish move to the hard cover. The fish become concentrated making a good spot even better. The fish also don't seem to mind if the water gets off colored as much as they did in Mid Summer. Crank-baits, Spinner-baits and top water get going before the fish head to their wintering holes. Most angler really like the Fall fishing season, almost as much as they look forward to the Spring season. I know that I have liked it and probably more than Spring.

 Fall is always a exciting time for tournament anglers, it brings the end of season tournaments and Championships. Anglers get to see where they have stacked ended up to their competitors after a long season of competing on various trails. Some angler will get to move on to future tournaments or jump to another level because of their fishing prow-less. Congratulation to them for a job well done.

When you go home tonight after work and the auto sensor on your truck's headlights flip on the lights, it alright to mad, but only for a minute. Then flip that switch in you head, because it's time to get out there and get ready to catch some fish, enjoy the weather and get ready for the end of the year tournaments. That's the way to handle the End of Summer Blues.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Long-Drawnout Winter Is Hard On Your Equipment

Here we are in early March, the weather continues to keep everyone from fishing the local waters. It either snows every other day or the rivers and bays are frozen, making going fishing is impossible. But remember that even though you are not using your boat, these long drawn-out winters are hard on you equipment.

Long stretches of not using your boat is always an issue, but long cold winters are even worst. I am going to give you a few items to check out on your rig and urge you to go back through older blogs we have posted for further details if needed. Ethanol always tops my list as it causes the most problems every spring for our customers. Get that old gas out before you run your boat this spring. Batteries are next on the list, remember that a charged battery can not freeze, charge your batteries at least once a month. Drain plug out and bow raised will keep the pumps from freezing and breaking over the winter from water that get into your bilge area. Boat covers, today as we recover from about a 10" snow fall yesterday, we have the guys in the shop out getting the snow off the boats on our lot. I know that the last thing you want to do when you finally get home from the hours long commute is to go out and remove the snow from your boat cover. Here is the problem with not getting the snow off your boat cover, it is easier to remove the snow right after it falls than it is after it has had a chance to freeze. When it melts a little, then refreezes it is really hard to remove. This is hard on the boat cover and you; it can also cause your windshields and seats to become damaged. When the water from the melting snow form into a small lake in your cover; I know that you have trouble not casting into it after the long winter of not fishing. That is the time to remove the water before it can freeze again and damage the seems in the cover.

I hope that these few items will allow you to have a trouble free first trip out if the weather ever cooperates and the snow melts, rivers and bay thaw. If not, you can always take a trip to Florida and fish the Big O for a week, man that sounds like a great ideas, Huh!!!