Mentioned It Previously
Awhile ago I was talking about the wind and which direction is better for different times of the year. Well here we are right before things are going to heat up.
It’s late February and of course the weather is very unpredictable. But that doesn’t mean we are going to be inside for the several weeks waiting. Hopefully by now we should have a rod or two restrung, supplies of hooks and have replenished any other tackle that may have been lost or broken from the previous season.
From One Extreme to Another
Back to weather and wind. Here in my neck of the woods, it can be 15 degrees and snow then the next day 50 degrees and sunshine. Its the unexpected 50 degrees and sunshine we should be prepared for. On a sunny warm day with a south wind, I like to find a spot towards the north side of the lake where there’s rip raps (loose stone used to form a foundation for a breakwater or other structure) and/or trees close to the shore.
Ready To Go
Armed with an ultra light to medium action rod, no heavier than 10# test and at this time of year I prefer spinning cast reels for simplicity. Wax worms, red worms, sometimes nightcrawlers (depending on what’s available) and small minnows are my baits of choice.
With these setups and baits, I have slayed bluegill, crappie, bull heads, carp and channel cats with the occasional large mouth. When you find where and what time of day, for instance my spots won’t “turn on” until 10am and will “shut down” around 3 or 4pm. You’re able to put some fine fillets on the table while helping fight cabin fever.
Until next time, tight lines.
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