Gearing Up for the Season
know some of you have already been wetting a line and catching some
walleyes this year; we’ve seen the Facebook posts and the Tweets – Don’t
rub it in. Fact is, some of us are still in the preparation stages for
the upcoming season (and a few are even still shoveling snow!). Hours
have been spent checking rods and reels, changing crankbait hooks, and
taking inventory on everything from spinner blades to jigs. The boat has
been buffed to a glossy shine, and new accessories added to enhance this
year’s angling experience. If you haven’t been fishing and you aren’t
getting prepared, then GET WITH IT! Spring is here and the walleyes are
chompin’, or at least they will be soon. Now is the time to make sure
you are geared up to make this season your most best yet!
You’re going to need a good supply of jigs to tie to the end of that fresh line, and there are some neat new jigs that are going to help a lot of anglers boat walleyes this spring. Bass Pro Shop’s line of Walleye Angler XPS Jigs continue to catch a lot of fish for us and the hordes of fishermen that have made these their go-to jig. Their “semi-stand-up” style positions a minnow or artificial dressing perfectly when at rest on the bottom, making it easy for the fish to inhale the bait. The jigs also feature some dynamic holographic color finishes that really shine and attract fish.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past year or so, you no doubt have heard all the raves regarding the fish-catching ability of the Berkley Flicker Shad. This crankbait continues to fool fish everywhere it’s fished, and for 2011 there are not only some cool new colors being offered, but by the time the summer trolling bit is in full swing, we should be seeing the introduction of a couple new sizes too. If you haven’t stocked your crankbait box with a good selection of these jewels, you seriously need to consider dropping a few in your shopping cart next time you’re at your favorite tackle retailer.
We mentioned earlier about spending a little time changing the hooks on our crankbaits to get ready for the upcoming fishing season. That is a practice we have carried out for several years now. Our #1 go-to replacement hook is Mustad’s Ultra Point Triple Grip Treble (model 36233) in both Black Nickel and Red. We have now added another hook to the arsenal; the Mustad Ultra Point KVD Elite Treble (model TG76BLN). This short-shanked treble hook features the same unique “inward bend” as the Triple Grips for great hook-ups, but on smaller cranks, really helps prevent hook tangles. It’s also a heavier wired hook making it extremely strong for handling big fish. Crankbait hooks can take a real beating from year to year, so take the time to give your old reliable baits a new “bite” with upgraded hooks. It’s cheap insurance against losing the big one!
That’ll at least get you started on the tackle end of things, and your “gearing up” may include many things we wouldn’t even consider. One item many anglers forget to seriously consider is your boat and motor. Chances are it’s in dire need of some long overdue attention. Stuck away in storage since last fall, the boat is usually the last bit of preparation many anglers tackle in the spring. Hopefully you did your winterizing routine and everything is in relative readiness.
you go to pull the boat out and ready it for the season, you’ll want to
do a few things to make sure things are going to run smoothly for you.
Greasing the various zerks on the engine and on the trailer are always a
good idea and surprisingly something that is often overlooked. If you
stored your boat with fuel in the tank, adding a fuel additive designed
to increase performance in marine engines can help fight off issues like
gunk and/or water in the fuel and help to clean out the engine’s fuel
delivery system. AMSOIL is a company that has long been providing
products to help us outdoors-types keep our motorized toys and vehicles
in tip-top running order, and that goes for our boat and motor rigs too.
AMSOIL Synthetic Water Resistant Grease is perfect for everything from
your trailer’s wheel hubs to the steering linkage on the outboard.
Quickshot SE is a fuel additive from AMSOIL that’s formulated to
thoroughly clean and restore peak performance in small engines and fuel
systems. It also stabilizes fuel between uses and during short-term
storage periods. And whether your outboard is a new 4-stroke or a
2-stroke “veteran of many seasons”, AMSOIL offers a motor oil perfectly
designed for your engine.
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