Insurance Corner | Winter Fishing: Tips for a Successful Venture
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Unless you live in the South, fishing is probably not very high on your priority list for winter activities. In reality, fishing is without a doubt a sport of relaxation, and should not be retired in the chilly winter months. In this article, you will find ways to enjoy your hobby, still stay warm and especially safe on the cold waters.
In the spring, summer and fall months of the year, your favorite lakes, and spots on the bay are probably crowded with other fishermen, eager to get a bite. Whereas in the winter, these prime districts are absolutely calm and unoccupied. Not only does this mean you are more likely to get fish, you have an opportunity for solitude, and less chance of boat-on-boat collisions. This comes with risk, as well. In the event of an emergency, there are fewer boats nearby to come to the rescue. Safety devices such as the VHF will be of use to youíre in a circumstance such as this, but if you donít have one already, this
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Extreme temperatures impact the amount of oxygen in the water, and fish become sluggish. You have to give them a reason to swim toward and eat your bait. For incentive, make sure the critter on the end of your line is big and warm.
You wonít find any fish cruising around the same way you would in the summer. The cold blooded fish will be seeking warmth. Look for deep pockets in the water, where the temperature is warmer and you will be sure to find a congregation of fish. These subaqueous regions will be found adjacent to shallow flats, or you can seek troughs, depressions and canals for your game.
Winter coats may keep you warm on land, and wind breakers may be useful in the fall and spring on the water, but winter is completely different. You need protection beyond your expectations. Rain gear is actually the best option in the cold. With the proper under-wear (such as sweaters), this clothing will keep you exceptionally warm and importantly, dry. Wind during these months can be brutal, and rain gear will protect you from oceanic spray and wave surges. Remember to wear a lifejacket beneath as well. If you end up overboard, the cold water could debilitate your sensory reactions and traumatize your muscles, making staying afloat virtually impossible. A lifejacket will allow for the proper diaphragm alignment to keep breathing as normal as possible, and will better allow you to tread water.
Be sure to survey the barometer readings from the days before you go out, and the predictions for the day of. A static barometer indicates that fishing will be poor; however, with fluctuations during peak hours, you will find that fishing will come easier and abundantly.
Fishing is excellent in the afternoon and early evening, after the sunís rays have been heating up the water all day.
If you are fishing from shore, pay attention to the wind as it pushes water and surface food to the far shore, meaning both bait and fish will follow! Cast into the wind so that your bait will move in the direction of its counterparts. As always, and an obvious tip: use caution when casting. Make sure there is no one behind you and while you take heed as you reel the fish in. Hooks easily penetrate the skin and make for awful battle wounds.
Our boating enthusiasts at NBOA know that vessel owners have to take more precautions while boating in the winter. For more boating information and safety tips, or to receive a free boat insurance quote, visit www.nboat.com or call 1-800-248-3512 to speak to an agent directly.