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As the open water season draws to a close, many anglers pack it away for the winter and look forward to the spring. Of course, many people will take to the ice for the season, but that isnít for everyone (Iím looking at you anglerwannabe). This is a great opportunity to prepare for next year, and there are so many things you can do to keep you busy all winter long!
1. Rod and Reel Maintenance: Get out those rods and reels and give them a good in depth cleaning. Rods are the easy part. I take baby wipes to clean off the cork handles of my rods and use lemon wipes to clean the rest of the rod. When it comes to reels you can either send them in for servicing or you can take it apart yourself and get to greasing and lubing. Youtube comes in very handy here. My suggestion is to start with an inexpensive reel if this is your first time cleaning it as you donít want to risk damaging an expensive reel your first time through.
2. Tackle Organization: Take the time to go through your tackle and get it organized. Over the course of the season I am bad at not putting things back where they belong. I end up with jerkbaits in my crankbait box, terminal tackle everywhere, and plastics tucked away in the wrong packages. At the same time I will analyze which baits were the most productive for me that year and that brings me to my next point.
3. Buy and sell: With the holidays fast approaching this is a good time to both buy and sell tackle. While looking through my box I will make decisions on whether or not to keep a bait or sell it for funds to buy different baits. If a lure has been sitting in my box all year without being used much, if at all, I will either make the conscious decision to use it next year or replace it with a lure I have more confidence in. I try to take this step before Black Friday as you can get great discounts on tackle either in stores or through online retailers that day.
4. Study Up: The winter is my favorite time of year to learn new things. When the weather is rough outside I will take to the internet to read articles and watch educational fishing videos (Fishful Thinker anyone?). There is a ton of information out there and this is a prime opportunity to take advantage of it.
5. Seminars: This goes hand in hand with my last point but I felt like it deserved its own category. There are a lot of seminars taking place in the winter months. Take a look at the event calendar for local retailers and youíll see a ton of opportunities to hear seminars from local pros. Even if they are giving seminars on ice fishing, these guys will be more than willing to talk to you about open water. The best opportunity for this comes in the way of the International Sportsmans Expo (ISE) in Denver. Talk about an opportunity! You got the best anglers from across the state under one roof! Last year I was able to gain entry for free (keep an eye out for free ticket giveaways) and left with an abundance of knowledge as well as a few freebies. I have heard many people say they donít like the idea of buying a ticket to ISE in order to be sales-pitched on an African Safari, but let me tell you that the value in this show is the knowledge you gain and the vendor booths are secondary.
I hope this gives you something to look forward to this winter. If you have any other ideas on what to do this winter lets hear it in the replies!
anglerwannabe, CO 11/21/2017 11:49:45 AM
Welcome to the blogger world Scott! Great first non-guest blog. P.S. Ice Sucks. lol
Fish4Colorado, CO 11/21/2017 12:35:21 PM
It's simple dude, ice fish.
I can't wait for the Sportsmans Expo, it is one of my favorite convention/trade shows to attend.
Flyrodn, CO 11/21/2017 1:20:51 PM
Great points all. I might add build tackle, such as tie flies, make lures, and build rods. All of which add to the anticipation of spring's open water. And maybe take a trip or two warmer climes for some open water fishing.
bron, CO 11/21/2017 6:11:56 PM
Really nice first blog sir. All good activities....but Im good with the ice too.
IceFishingFool, CO 11/21/2017 8:05:32 PM
Did I hear someone say Ice ??.....Where lol
Lloyd Tackitt, TX 11/22/2017 7:25:21 AM
Scott...you left out the wide wonderful world of fireplaces and whiskey!
FISHRANGLER, CO 11/22/2017 12:03:31 PM
Heading south sounds good to me. Organizing Tackle doesnít sound like fun.
anglerwannabe, CO 11/25/2017 5:59:14 PM
Clean Cork Rod handles!