April 20, 2013
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April 15, 2013
Back in the day the May opener was really a big deal in my neck of the woods. Tents were pitched stream side and the entire opener weekend was one big party. Some of the participants stayed up all night telling tall tales around roaring campfires. There will still be a few diehards camping on May opener but, not like the good old days. The early catch and release season took the May opener festivities away.
April 14, 2013
General Wisconsin inland fishing is from May 4 to March 2, 2014. Lots of folks look in to their tackle boxes on May 3rd and discover they don't have leaders for pike fishing. They run to sporting good store the day before opener and all the leaders left are the kind you don't like.I always prepare 2 weeks before opener. First comes the rod and reel. I take all the line off of the reels and clean and lube them. I always start the season with new line. I look at my rods to make sure the eyes are functional and there are no apparent cracks or problems. I have a primary rod and reel and a back up set up. Part of the 2 weeks out rule for me is to order or drive and pick up new gear that is required.
Many anglers forget the sharp test. That favorite lure of yours was used often last year. It caught many a big fish. Typically on opening day you go after that "BIG" fish you lost last year. You put that jointed rapala on. You see the giant wake following your retrieve and you are readying yourself for an epic battle. The monster pike hits and the treble hooks bounce right off that iron jawed waterwolf and off it swims. You look at your lure and cuss a couple times. You look for straightened treble hooks and all are fine but they are as "DULL" as they come. Sharpen those hooks NOW or replace them like I do. Some trebles new are dull or bend easily. REPLACE those trebles or be crying in yorr beer opening weekend! A box of good treble hooks can save your opening day.