Man this is a crap time of year, especially for a bass fisherman. The ice is still on most lakes yet the air spews the smell of waiting gamefish.
Just pulled my boat out of storage and have to clean it up, top up the fluids, add my new GPS on it and probably get it to the marina for a spring tune-up. It usually takes me a full day in the spring to meticulously fine-tooth-comb “ol’ Pro” but time goes by quick listening to tunes from the truck, suckin’ back a couple of coolies and maybe puffin’ a Cuban!
Our new Princecraft for the TV show is also in and being prepped at Central Outboards. Can’t wait to cut the shrink wrap on that baby! A bit of work there too with electronics, rod holders, tweaking etc. We ordered it with a Verado. We had one on one of our deck boats and they really are a sweet motor. Very slick and apparently now, very close in performance to the “speedy” 2 strokes. The hull is a 198… pure fish’n machine my friends! With a little 9.9 Bigfoot beside the Verado, we be rockin’
Also I’ve slowly been re-stocking the tackle boxes… man what a chore that is. Replacing lost/broke/used-too-much baits is more like a job than a hobby. It freaks me out when I go into something like a Senko box in the spring and see just how many empty sections there are. Did I use that many baits??? Obviously so! I’m also going to use some of the newer baits on the market and hopefully be able to give you a report later in the year. For anyone living in the Oshawa/Whitby/Ajax area or to the east, if you haven’t heard of “The Rock” (Rock & Reel), check them out, they’ve got a great supply of gear for a small place. You can also grab lunch there. It’s right across from the Oshawa Shopping Center.
I’m waiting for the ice to leave on some of my Crappie spots. Believe it or not, Scugog is one of them. There are some really nice slabs in the Bog, it’s just a matter of finding a spot that the “fish mongers” with buckets haven’t raped and pillaged yet. Unfortunately still to this day, some people have the need to keep everything they catch and it shouldn’t work that way. When I go Crappie fishing I consider who will eat the fish; my wife, 2 little kids and me. 10 – 20 fish max will fill our bellies and probably for 2+ meals. Shame on the guilty culprits.
As you people get out on the water, please let me know how you do somewhere on my blog area.
Good luck, be safe and enjoy the up-coming season.