Winter almost over?
My "10 Ways to Fish a Senko" tank demos went well and several of my techniques are new for everyone, as I have been playing around with them over the past two seasons. I'll have to write a BoatUS article on them.
Speaking of articles, I have a new one this month about how to add rattles to hooks, like jigs and tube heads. I especially like to add rattles to tube heads, as there aren't many equipped with them. That's in the current BoatUS ANGLER Tacklebox newsletter
This month is going to be busy. I spend a day or so a week on the water and a few days writing. But I'm still preparing and organizing my tackle for the upcoming season. I've pretty much replaced hooks and repaired crankbaits and topwaters. Replaced skirts, shined up blades and sharpened hooks on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. It's time to tackle the toughest one...soft plastics.
I use big zip-lock baggies and put smaller bags into them. Taking last season's bags, I go through each and remove the ones I really didn't use and replace with sufficient inventory of "good" colors to start the season. As a guide, I'm always taking stuff in and out of my boat during the season, so this isn't much work. What I'm really trying to accomplish is to reduce the amount I carry with an ample stock for each trip. This is also how I decide how much to order now.
For me soft plastics are primarily Mizmo tubes. A few colors work well. I'll add others to try according to conditions. Next it's my pitching baits, like Mizmo Swamp Monsters, creatures, big worms. Stick worms: watermelon and green pumpkin varieties. Jig trailers in a small bag. A small bag of soft plastic jerkbaits for my Chatter-wacky lures: white, black and craw patterns. Soft toad baits in white, black and green pumpkin. Worms; finesse and centipedes. Doesn't sound like much, but it needs a thorough cleaning out!
The key is to try to remain organized during the season - run out, re-stock!
Once I get serial numbers, it’s time to register my boat, trailer and get BoatUS to custom cut vinyl numbers for the side of the new Skeeter. I also have to get my Potomac River Fisheries Commission licenses.
New tackle arrives periodically, replacing lost or broken stuff. After using at the Richmond show, I'm excited to try Quantum's new EXO reels - light as a feather. My clients get to try the new stuff too before they spend their money.
Also time to give my reels a going over - strip line and get ready because my 2012 Skeeter will be ready in a few weeks!
Capt. Steve Chaconas
National Bass Guide Service
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