R T tha I A t M pa I y E N o - f S f Y U D CK A S Y
By Pete Robbins
e all know that bass often bite better under
overcast or rainy conditions, so referring to
downtime as “rainy days” is something of a misnomer. Still, at some point during the season you are
going to have some time around the house to get drudge
It might be
water gets hard
where you live.
winds are buffeting
the boat ramp. Or,
you have to wait
around the house
for the plumber or
electrician (or even
the UPS or FedEx
guy bringing a
critical boat part or
We all have
downtime, and we
all have endless
lists of non-fishing
chores to get done.
If you try to get the
in one shot,
you’re likely to be
interrupted; but, if you bite off only what you can chew at a
given time, not only will you feel a sense of accomplishment,
but you’re more likely to make progress.
Some of the more mechanically-minded among you can
add to the following list, but here’s a bunch of “crap work”
that anyone can do, with varying time commitments to allow
for the other demands of your life.
Get out all of your hard bait boxes and, after culling out those you’re all but positive you’ll never use again, or only in specific circumstances, check the treble hooks. If they’re bent or dull or there are no feathers where there should be, replace them. Check the split rings, too, and replace
them liberally. This is an easy project you can
complete in front of the TV. Just be sure to
keep the dog and the kids away, and be certain
to replace any dwindling sizes/models upon
completion of the task.
CONSOLIDATE SOFT PLASTICS
Just about every time I get in the boat, I throw in a bag of green pumpkin Senkos or junebug Baby Brush Hogs. What does that leave me at the end of the year? A boat full of packages with just a couple of soft plastics apiece. You probably do the same with your own personal favorites. Consolidate those partial bags into more complete sets, and