I know it sounds like a broken record, but the weather is really messing with this spring’s fishing. We get a few days of really nice spring weather and the fish start to bite. The bass start to move into spawning areas, and then we get a winter snowstorm. The storm pushes the bass back to deeper water, and the really nice crappie and bluegill bite goes cold. 

We get a quick turn-around, and a few days later the fish start to bite again, but then we get another snow storm and we’re back to no fish biting. So it’s back to getting the rest of my gear sorted out and/or replaced for this season.

The rods and reels are set for this year with fresh lubrication and newly spooled line. I have reduced the amount of tackle I have been carrying on the boat so I have just what I plan to fish with this season.

There are a couple of items I will need to replace this year: one, a pair of long needle-nose pliers for getting stubborn hooks out of a fish’s jaw and, a new pair of sunglasses. I had an “Oops!” when I sat on my pair from last year. 

The pliers were relatively easy to locate at my local hardware store. I like Harold’s Hardware on Central Street for its selection of quality tools.

The sunglasses are another issue. It takes a bit of searching through the sunglass rack at the tackle store to find a good pair. 

What I look for is one with wraparound side panels and a lens that is distortion free – and, of course, one with polarized lenses. You can check for distortion in a lens by holding the glasses in your hand and looking through the lens at a small object several feet away. If, when moving the glasses slowly around, the object appears to change like something in a fun-house mirror, there’s too much distortion in the lens.

Good glasses will make your day on the water much more enjoyable and not give you a headache from a bad lens.

Until next time…keep a tight line.