This week’s Kentucky Afield report is by outdoor writer Lee McClellan who offers some tips on getting ready for the spring fishing season. Here is an abbreviated version:
Get your gear organized. Organizing your tackle is especially important if you fish for different species from different platforms such as fishing from a motor boat for largemouth bass, wading for trout in the Cumberland River or floating for stream smallmouth bass in a canoe or kayak.
Use closeout season to upgrade your fishing rods or reels. Outfitters routinely clearance many of their fishing items at this time of year to make room for new models. Earlier models of reels or rods usually perform just as well as the new models. This is a great time to buy closeout lures as well as steeply discounted fishing waders, wade boots and fishing vests.
Respool all of your reels. You can respool a reel with monofilament line for less than the cost of a large candy bar. Fluorocarbon lines cost much more, but a respool with even the highest end fluorocarbon line costs less than one fast food lunch.
Finally, study maps of the lakes or rivers you plan to fish this coming year. Map study illuminates underwater humps, points that extend well out into the lake and river rock bars known only to ship captains.