Prepping for the Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing Seasons
Tournament season is here again! Freshwater and saltwater anglers are gearing up for another spring/summer of competitive fishing. Are you planning on attending any tournaments this year? Need some tips on how to prepare for a tournament? Or maybe just the fishing season in general?
If you’re prepared, you’ll get the most out of your time on the water. We checked in with two members from Team Evinrude, Tommy Skarlis and Kim Bain-Moore, to see if they could give us some ideas. This is what they think…
Tommy (Freshwater Aficionado)
Simply digging through gear and tackle will remind anglers and boaters what they didn’t have last year, and what they will need for this year. Biggest tip – keep a list. I looked through my gear this weekend and here is what I added to my list for gear needed for next year:
- 4″ Powerbait Grubs in brown and smoke “colors”
- New Havoc Beat Shads
- 3/32, 3/16 and 5/16 ounce Hutch Leadhead Jigs
- Do-It round head with wire keeper jigs in 1/16 and 1/8 ounce – light wire hook for wood.
- #6 Salmo Cranks for casting – both for Walleyes and Bass
- JB Lures Slow Death Rig
- 6 and 8 pound Trilene XL
- 10, 12 and 17 pound test Trilene XT
- 7 foot MHF St. Croix LegendXtremes – Casting
- 6’8″ MF Legend Elite Spinning Rods
- 7 and 12 foot St. Croix Eyecon Trolling Rods
I’ll also be pouring, painting and tying a lot of jigs, spoons and baits for the upcoming season – DIY (Do-It Yourself) tackle crafting so that I have the lure/hook combos I need to compete.
Don’t forget to book your lodging for the tournaments!
Kim Bain-Moore (Saltwater Aficionado)
My first step when preparing for a tournament or a fishing trip is to thoroughly clean my boat – inside and out. My boat should be looking good and feeling good when I hit the road for the lake!
Next, I remove all of the tackle from the boat and lay it out. This will help you to reorganize. All of the important stuff goes back in and some of the extras that accumulate in the compartments can be put away if not needed. Excess weight will be removed which will aid boat performance and you’ll be super organized.
Try to write a list of all the essentials you need in the boat, things you need to check and the gear you are required by law to have in the boat. My list usually consists of …
Valid boat paperwork/registration
- Fishing license
- Safety gear – good condition & valid
- Rain gear – light weight for warm weather, heavy duty for cold fronts.
- Make sure all lights & electronics work correctly
- Batteries charged
- Oil filled – spare gallon in boat
- Lower unit/gear case oil check
- Useful tools – screwdrivers, wrench, pliers, cutters
- Spare prop & hub kit
- Paper map of the lake, as well as a Navionics chip for GPS.
- Fishing tackle- rods & reels
- Terminal tackle
- Spare sunglasses
- Super glue
- Spare line
If you’re interested in participating in fishing tournaments, check out some local clubs for regional ‘close to home’ events to get a feel for it. If you like it, keep an eye out for bigger tournaments that may be coming to an area close to you.
When I started fishing tournaments, I opted to fish as an amateur or “co-angler” which enabled me to learn a lot about bass fishing from seasoned pro anglers as well as the opportunity to visit a lot of different lakes around the country. When I was ready for the next adventure, I became a boater and now travel with my beautiful Legend Alpha 211 with Evinrude 250 E-Tec! We’re a good team – we take care of each other!
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