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This was the weekend many fishermen enjoy the least –the weekend they winterize and wrap the boat for the winter; there will be no more cold-water fishing trips except those from shore. Fishing rods have come off the boat, removed the electronics and the tackle boxes for winter work and storage. The next few weeks will be spent sorting through tackle boxes taking inventory and compiling lists of those lures and hardware that are either missing or worn out and need replacement. Another job will be to inventory jigs to see which ones and how many to make in the next few months to restock inventory. The rods and reels will wait until later in the winter – unless, though, a spinning rod (for instance) broke this fall and needs to be replaced, winter sales are on.

To help brighten the spirits after winterizing the boat, a good thing to do is to plan some fishing trips for the coming year. This is a good time to trawl that “bucket list” of places to fish someday. Internet searching is the best way to go about this planning, as it allows one to search areas, read about locations, look into a lot of different accommodations, and generally get a feel for the cost of the trip. So much information is available that it is good to create a list for later evaluation. It is a good idea to book annual trips now to ensure that when that time rolls around, a place to stay is already reserved.

Enjoy the holidays with friends and family. Let’s hope next year is the best year. Until next time … keep a tight line.

Contact Dick at www.hookedonfishing@comcast.net.