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What Keeps You From Going Crazy In The Winter Months?

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Its cold here in Kentucky, all ive caught is an occasional trout.. Been looking at plenty of maps of lakes, and trying to find new spots to fish.. What occupies everyones time until spring?

 

 

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stockpiling and organizing all my tackle, cleaning and lubing all my reels, cleaning my rods, and learning as much as i can by reading and watching videos online.  its a long winter here in pennsylvania so its hard to keep my sanity, lol.

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Cleaning my reels. Buying new tackle. Fantasy football. Nfl playoffs.  fishing expos. Expo season is my favorite. 

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When the mercury dips below 65 deg F,

we just huddle around the fireplace hoping for 75 degs tomorrow  :dribble:

 

Roger

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When you start out crazy...it's not much of a jump

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Too much to list here.    The boat gets put away around Thanksgiving time or shortly after and comes back out late March/early April and it ALWAYS sneaks up on me way too fast.

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Loading up on tackle. I'll go out a few times while the lake is at winter pool and search for cover thats normally submerged, take some pictures, record it on my map and try to set a waypoint as close as possible.

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Roaming this site with a glass of bourbon and ice. What was the question again  :grin:

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Go fishing ;)

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I have other hobbies. Gun smithing I'm building a deer rifle for my grandson(3 1/2yo). I figure I won't be here to see him hunt but he will be all set to do so.

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I think it's too late. Was out today for almost 2 hours in freezing rain because I found a portion of open water on a local river. Didn't catch anything.

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I'll start out doing a little tinkering of some baits, maybe build a rod or two or just do a little decorative thread work on one, inventory my gear and change out or sharpen hooks, clean and lube all my reels and maybe do an upgrade on one or two and lastly I'll browse last season's log and compare it to other year's.

All that will take me maybe three weeks.  The next fourteen or so, I just drive the wife crazy talking about fishing. :crazy:

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When the bass fishing sucks I switch over to Crappie/white perch. They always bite best in the winter months and taste better too.

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Staring forlornly at my new rod standing unused in the corner.........drinking mad dog 20/20 while perusing the site......when I can't stand it I switch over into my other obsessions ( compound bow tourneys, stained glass craft, knitting) but only dulls the ache in my heart a little........maybe try some Spoonerville 80/80 :D

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I am a ski patroller at a local resort and I ride my snowmobile as much as I can

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When the bass fishing sucks I switch over to Crappie/white perch. They always bite best in the winter months and taste better too.

This I agree with although we have hard water here and I'm not a hard water fisherman. Panfish taste best immediately pre and post ice when the water is cold. The meat is also firm in consistency compared to fish caught in 80* water.

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You know its summer in half the world, and they have these flying bus things now...

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Clean, re-organize and re-stock my tackle boxes, clean and lube reels, clean and repair (if needed) rods and play guitar.

 

Tom

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This site, learning about the jig including pouring, painting and skirting.  Watching my collection of The Bass Pros.  All 7 seasons.

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1) Keep up with the fishing forums here and elsewhere. (Never too old to learn a trick or two!)

 

2) Collect all the latest catalogs (just got BPS & Netcraft so far).

 

3) DVR all the fishing shows on cable and watch them as I wake up in the middle of the night with the fishing sweats!

 

4) Clean reels and re-fill with fresh line. Organize and re-organize....and re-organize once again, all my tackle bags.

 

5) Plan which rigs to start out fishing with, as soon as the ice is out, hopefully by early March - I'm an optimist!  :)

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1) Work out so I can better tolerate those 12 hour days in the 100 degree North Carolina heat.

 

2) Our fishing expo is Jan 10th---yay!

 

3) NFL playoffs GO COLTS!!

 

4) There is a new BPS that opens in February so I'll be living there part time.

 

5) We still get some 50 degree days in Jan and Feb, and that's when you can catch that fish of a lifetime.

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I build lures most of the time. 

 

For the last few years I've also been going on an annual trout fishing trip in late January or early February. 

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