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Anglers put so much thought into what lures and rods they are going to bring on their next fishing trip, they usually forget about the essential items that all anglers should keep in their boat. Take a look at my top ten items all anglers should keep in their boat, so simple problems can be avoided and your day fishing, stays that way!
Finally April is here and open water is in sight for this Minnesota angler, thus me spending more time in my boat is becoming a common occurrence. I get asked numerous times what I like about my boat and how I have it set up and organized.
For those fortunate anglers that live in areas where Mother Nature is less harsh during the winter months, their boats and lines never stay dry throughout the year, but for anglers like myself up in Minnesota, I have an “off-season.”
No matter how many soft plastic baits are out on the market or in your tackle box, they are worthless without a good hook.
Despite the cold temperatures, shorter days and hunting seasons happening, there is still plenty of great bass fishing available.
Fall has many distinct memories for different individuals, some think of the leaves changing colors, others think football, but for me I think BIG BASS! With cooler temperatures, less boat traffic and grouped up bass that are feeding heavily before winter, fall is a great time to get out and catch a lot of bass that are big.
To help prevent mildew and damage to your rain gear and life jackets, hang them up on hangers so they stay dry and have air flow on them. This will help prolong their life and keep them from smelling musty next season.
Every year anglers are always looking to upgrade or add something new and hi-tech to their boats. The electronics on boats now were unheard of and just dreamt about years ago. One of the newest items and commonly sought after accessory that anglers, especially bass fisherman want on their boat is a shallow water anchoring system.
Slop as it is referred to by anglers, is when vegetation forms a large blanket like coating over the water. There are several forms of vegetation that can create these vast regions of slop fields. Lily pads that were once scattered across the water have taken an area by storm and now have other forms of vegetation filling in the open water pockets that once existed. Duck wart is another example of vegetation that can make up some prime areas for slop fishing. These areas look like a sea of green floating a top the water. Duck wart can either be very thin or thick, based on how much vegetation is bunched up below. The other forms of slop are either grass lines that been folded over and are now lying across the top of the water and the last sloppy area are areas where the wind blows any form of debris into a secluded pocket or corner.