Let the Games Begin
This week’s blog post is written by Tom Neustrom, professional fishing guide and owner of MN Fishing Connections, Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame and Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame inductee. Tom shares his getting ready for the MN Fishing Opener tips to help you be prepared for the celebrated Minnesota tradition of the MN Fishing Opener this year.
The clock is ticking on the 2016 Fishing Opener and getting ready for the season is an important ritual. Most anglers don’t realize it makes good sense to get your boat, motor, batteries, tackle, ready before May 14th.
Time and time again I have watch fisherman launch their boats only to have the batteries be dead because they never either charged them up the previous fall, or they decided not to replace them even knowing that they exceeded their life span.
Cleaning the terminals is all important to make sure you have a good connection. Remove the terminals and use a piece of emery cloth to clean the crystals off the posts, and inside of the clamps. This will insure you have a good connection. Check all your wiring for live wells and accessories. Critters get into boats for the winter and have a bad habit of chewing up wiring. Make sure your plug is out of the boat before you get to the landing. “It’s the Law”.
Even if you don’t fish a lot, change the line on your reels before the season starts. Resin build up on reels with monofilament which causes memory and weakens the strength of the line. I load all my reels with Sufix Elite monofilament and for a few pennies gives me confidence. For the braided line enthusiasts I like to use Sufix 832. It has a round component like mono and has great strength and durability.
For most situations I spool up with 10-4 or 6-2 braided line that will most often handle all my angling requirements. If I’m chasing Muskies or Big Pike, then I will spool up with heavier braid in the 40, 60, 80 pound test range for handling bigger baits with again thinner diameter.
Have you ever felt line or noticed that your line had nicks in it just after spooled up with fresh line? Well I have and I learned an important lesson. Most often its not the line, but the guides on your rod.
The tip or other guides many times has ceramic inserts that will crack and you never notice it. If this shaving or nicking of the line happens to you take a Q-Tip and run it along the inside of the guide and you will leave fibers where the crack is located.
Replace the tip or guide and you’re good to go.
All these little tips will make for a better start to the season and throughout the 2016 fishing season. Good luck and see you on the water.
Did you know? Minnesota Fishing Facts
- There are about 1.4 million licensed anglers in Minnesota.
- About 500,000 people are expected to fish on Minnesota’s opening day of the walleye and northern pike season, Saturday, May 14.
- Minnesota has 11,842 lakes, 5,400 of which are considered fishing lakes. There are over 18,000 miles of fishable rivers and streams, including 3,800 miles of trout streams.