Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Preparing For a Tournament or Fishing Trip

When the first ice hits I starting marking on the calendar my trips and tournaments. I usually get down to the prep work as soon as possible. There is a huge list that usually starts with making a budget - gas, food, lodging, entry fees, mapping, more fishing supplies? That's all in consideration when making a budget, but what about the little things? The budget is something that can be saved up over time, but getting help from sponsors can help minimize the dollar amount you need to invest yourself.

I often get asked the question, "How much stuff do you really need to bring to go fishing?"  Mother nature can be a real bear, anything can and will break, so I bring extra everything. I'll have normal things like extra clothes, extra fishing equipment, and extra batteries for electronics, but the most useful item is a tool kit. My tool kit consists of wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers, allen wrenches, I also carry a Flambeau tackle box full of nuts and bolts of many different sizes. We take along
augers, ATVs, and snowmobiles, lots of mechanical items that can fail. You never know when something catastrophic may happen.

When we get down to the final few days before leaving I find myself getting excited and spending lots of time on the Internet searching for any advice on the lake; I'm primarily looking for fishing information. Writing on forums is one way to communicate with the local fisherman who may give little tips or hot spots. I don't like to beg for info; I just simply tell them that I will be coming to the lake for a trip, you may be surprised at how welcoming most fisherman can be. The ultimate goal is to eliminate useless water before I even get there. Calling the local bait shops and DNR can be a big help too. You can conveniently go right on the DNR website and find just about anything from stocking info, water clarity and even a topographic lake map. Its amazing how much you can learn about a new body of water just by sitting on the couch.

My biggest tip I can give you is use the time you have before you leave wisely. One bad experience can be saved by being prepared. My favorite saying goes like this, 'Be prepared for the worst but expect the best'.

Good Luck, Stay Safe, and Tight Lines
Wayne

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