.Now’s the time to do the following
1 – Learn: I like to get on the lake now when the boat traffic and lake levels are at it’s lowest and learn my Side and Down Image along with my GPS unit. I can play with the menus and make adjustments to the unit. I work on marking waypoints and going back to them. I work on marking new spots and how to line up on them to fish them with the fishing season rolls around again. Learn to adjust your units for peak preformance. Make sure you carry a notebook with you to jot down settings etc.
2. – Search: Ride the lake and look at the banks, creek channels, etc. the lake levels are usually at their lowest this time of the year and alot of structure will be exposed. Treetops will be out of the water, long points exposed, rock piles and stumps can now be seen etc. Mark these with your GPS or draw them in your notebook and make sure to triangulat them if you don’t have a GPS unit. (I’ve found a lot of good fishing spots doing this).
3. Repair – Now is a good time to repair your boat, water pump, fuel lines, grease your steering cables and wheel bearings, etc. Also rework your reels or have them repaired at a repair shop. Check the guides on your rods for nicks or broken rings. Clean your cork handles and replace the old line on your reels.
4. Organize – I sort through all my tackle boxes now and reorganize them so I can find what I’m looking for. Replace damaged hooks on lures and replace blades on spinnerbaits. Tune all my suspending jerkbaits in a bucket of water replace skirts on jigs and buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and anything else that needs repaired.
So with the weather too cold to fish now’s the time to get ready for next years fishing season.