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Captain's Corner: Be prepared for fish blitz of spring

More cold: Another strong cold front will drop air and water temperatures for several days. Fortunately, we are almost into March. Even the most tenacious winter will have to end. Spring will arrive soon, so be prepared before the annual fish blitz occurs.

Gear: Reels should be serviced while repair shops are slow. Using experts saves time and aggravation. Cast nets should be mended or replaced, and even a small hole can allow bait to escape easily. The braided types of line should be used for repairs to nets. This style is strong and limp. Knots in monofilament line will tend to hang up in the mesh and sometimes keep the net from opening to its full potential. Stretching it out to a full circle on an open area of grass will provide a good work area.

Maintenance: Prevent headaches, such as having a dead battery, by thoroughly checking the boat, and go through a trial run before the big day. Problems can usually be remedied quickly. And marine mechanics are not as busy, allowing for quick repairs. Filters should be replaced and the lower-unit fluid changed.

Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at (813) 310-6531, online at snookfish.com or by e-mail at captdavewalker@verizon.net.

Captain's Corner: Be prepared for fish blitz of spring 02/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 11:11pm]
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