Time to get back to work!
It's getting close to go time! My 2012 Skeeter has been built and looking for a ride from Texas to Sturgis Marine up the road in Delaware. There it will be water tested and my 250 hp Yamaha SHO will be run through a diagnostic test on a computer. Now comes the final licensing. Got the trailer tag this week with only an hour in the waiting room at the DMV. Next a two hour drive to Richmond to register my boat. I need to get a boat number to pop my Potomac River Fisheries Commission in the mail. In about 5 days I'll have my last license for 2012!
Next a quick call to BoatUS to insure my boat for the season including on and off the water BoatUS ANGLER towing! On the way back from Richmond, I'll also pick up my DEKA AGM batteries to deliver to Sturgis. I should be returning with my boat late next week...then a short trip to the Virginia Inspection station for my trailer, purchase a ramp fee and call my buddy Jack.
Jack has been going out with me for my break in ride for several seasons. It's a boring day on the water, but it's a good opportunity to take some stuff out of my house and put in my boat where it belongs. A long winter of organizing, repairing and selecting the right stuff for the year is finally coming to an end. It will also be a good time to check out my new Humminbird 898c SI. My friend Art will be coming over soon to help me mount and install my POWER POLE BLADES! Red to match the boat! This will be my first year with them - I'll let you know how they help! PHOTOS to follow!
The first hour of engine break-in is very important for the future reliability of any outboard. I carry a stopwatch to precisely follow the owner's manual. I try to get at least the first two hours out of the ten-hour break-in done. I also try to get focused on the safety aspects of carrying the responsibility of the safety of my passengers. This time of the year there is a lot of stuff, logs, trees, and trash, in the water to avoid so it's OK to take it slow. But, I have to make a few casts you know! It normally takes me about 10 minutes to get to Mount Vernon - this trip will be an hour at break-in RPMs. I'll break in this SKEETER with a fish caught in front of George Washington's home!
I still have a few seminars coming up at Bass Pro Shops and a few other clubs...so I need to get my gear ready for those too!
And finally, I am putting the finishing touches on a few product orders to make sure I have an ample supply and to pick up new stuff to see how and if they fit into my fishing agenda.
It's been a long off-season and I really appreciated the times I fished with my buddies during the winter. But now it's time to get back to business! Be safe!
Capt. Steve Chaconas
National Bass Guide Service
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