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Warm Weather Ahead!
It finally looks like warm weather is arriving and won't be going
anywhere soon. With warm weather comes great opportunities at early
season panfish. Anglers across the Midwest look forward to this time
of year when the big bluegills, Crappie and other types of panfish
are eager and ready to bite. Soon, anglers will be out in droves at
their favorite hole, casting and catching some great eating panfish.
before you hit your favorite spot, let's back up and go over a few
things. Right now is a great time to take an evening and go through
all of your gear and get ready for the season. Starting with your
rods and reels. Make sure everything is still in good shape, working
and be sure to change that old line out. Many panfish anglers use
more than one rod and reel. Personally I like to have at least four
panfish rigs ready to go. Each rigged with a different lure and
different weight line. This way I can switch up fast and not waste
time on the water. I'll have everything from a bug and bobber to a
slip float rigged and ready to go.
Next go through that tackle box. Empty everything out and
re-organize. When you're on the water and catching fish this is not
the time to find out that you're out of your favorite lure or just
lost your last float. Stock up on any items that you may need. The
most common items are sinkers, bobbers, bobber stops, hooks, flies,
spiders, small jigs and other types of terminal tackle. As every
angler knows, you can't have too much tackle!!!! After you've got
your tackle all set it looks like you're ready to go, at least as
far as your tackle needs go.
For those of you who are just starting out, getting into panfishing
may be one of the least expensive things you do all summer. For well
under a $100 you can get a good combo, tackle box, accessories,
tackle and still have a few bucks left over. The best system to use
when starting out is the KISS system, "Keep It Simple Stupid". You
don't have to over think this one. Go to your local tackle shop or
ask a buddy who already hits the early season waters for panfish.
Either way, you can get set up in short order and be on the water
casting and catching before you know it.
Stay safe and good fishing!
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