A fundamental but very important tip. Like we said in our earlier post ” Get off the couch..take inventory..stock up” your experience on the water is only as good as your preparation.
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Even though this article was published in 2008 the recommendations by Russell Roper still hold true today. Like I said in my early post, Get off the Couch…take inventory…stock up, now’s the time to begin getting your fishing gear and boat prepared for the up-coming fishing season.
With today being the 1st day of Spring, it’s time to get off the couch and take inventory of your fishing equipment. Now’s the time when you are going to find deals on lures, rods, reels, etc… (check the product page). Don’t wait until you get out on the water to figure out what you’re low on or missing. By than most of the early deals are gone and you’ll be paying top dollar. Besides it being a money savings opportunity, it’s also a great time to clean out that tackle box, oil up the reels, replace the line, sharpen the hooks on your crank baits, jigs and other items. Another item to remember is to replace your boats drain plug with new one. Check to see if the rubber on the plug is cracked or worn. Remember your experience on the water is only as good as your preparation and a little luck 😉 .
Many of the lakes in NJ are stain colored during the height of the fishing season, which makes it difficult to see much structure or unique features of the lake, except with a depth finder. If you have a favorite lake you frequent offend, now’s a good time to go exploring. I like to get out on the lake as soon as possible, preferably on a sunny, calm day and with a good pair of polarized sunglasses slowly make my way around the lake, especially in those areas I caught fish the prior year, which helps me understand what’s attracting the bass there.
The water is usually “gin” clear giving you an opportunity to see structure and features you otherwise would never see. I’ve found areas that have large sunken boulders, tree stumps, lay downs, and spawning beds. Yea, depth finders are good, but nothing beats seeing it for yourself. Remember, this only works for water depths to 6 feet.
Bring a small notebook or a map of the lake, take notes! You will be amazed at how valuable this information will be when the bass begin moving out of the deep water as the water warms, giving you a much better idea of where they may be heading.
Now is the time to fish the north end of the lake. This part of the lake
receives more sunlight and warms sooner than the other parts. Best time
of the day during March in NJ is 1pm to 4pm, air & water temps are
normally at their warmest.
On Sunday 3/10 hit a local lake…water temp 34…winds SSE around 6mph.. fished the north end..Power Pro 20lb braid.. Rapala X-Rap 10 – Silver Blue.. 3-4 turns of the reel after the lure it the water, let it sit, give it a few twitches, let it sit, 3-4 turns of the reel and repeat. Took 3 nice bass and a couple of pickerel in 2 hours, all the fish came on the stop or twitch.