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is a sad time for the Tackle Box.
I sit back and look out the window, knowing I can’t get in
the boat and go fishing. Soft-water
fishing, as we know it, is at its seasonal end—the ice is here.
Oh sure, we tournament bass fishermen could poke a hole in the
ice and cast to it, but it’s not the same.
And besides, I hate this winter weather.
No. For me, fishing
is over for the year. Mother
nature is claiming her winter rest.
thoughts now return to the past tournament season.
Even though my tournament schedule had dropped off a bit, I
fished more and caught more fish in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Dollars-and-cents-wise, I feel I saved some.
Yet, over all, I missed a lot as well.
And with the approaching winter… well… it will be a long
wait for spring. Being a
tournament person, it hurts to have to give it up—even temporarily.
we have important work to do to prepare for next year—cleaning
reels, sharpening hooks, painting lure, putting new line on our reels,
checking our guides for nicks, etc.
And we’ll go to all the fishing seminars and sport shows,
being sure not to miss any of them.
If need be, we’ll take the family or a friend or two with us.
But it doesn’t matter who goes along (they don’t understand
what we’re going through during this time of the year).
Although, that reminds me of the other important “work” we
do at this time of year… a little hunting, playing with our kids,
chasing the wife around the kitchen table a couple of times.
But at the end of the day, we will miss the fishing.
Winter, for a northern bass tournament fisherman is a painful
Enough whining! Let’s
get back to preparing for next season.
I don’t know about you, but I’d like to get better at this
sport we love so much… bass fishing and competing in bass
tournaments. The past year
wasn’t too bad for me at the club level.
I won a couple of the club tournaments and finished second in
the club standings. That
might be okay for most, but not me.
I always remember the words of the great Vince Lombardi…
“Finishing second only makes you the first loser.”
And that, my friends, is just not good enough for me!
I want to get out there and win!
So part of my preparation this winter will be map reading, book
learning, and rereading articles by winning bass fishers like
it’s not such a bad thing that I have the long