Bluecat Tip of the Week for Nov 10th
This weeks tip of the week is for guys that travel to other lakes to fish.
As you guys improve as bluecatrs your gonna want to travel to trophy lakes from time to time.
Here are a few things I do before I drag my boat out of town. There are a lot more things than just these but these are some of the more important things on the list.
#1 thing is make sure your boat trailer is greased up and ready for a long haul. If itās not properly greased those bearings will get so hot that your wheels can actually catch on fire. Itās happened to my brother when we were going to PK 15 yes ago.
*check all your lines and leaders for abrasions
*I like to change all my hooks to 10/0 in case I hang something huge. I still catch some eaters on giant baits and 10/0 hooks but only thing Iām after are trophy fish this time of year.
*Untangle your drift sock lines and anchor ropes so your not fumbling around on game day.
*Check spare rods for fresh string and sharp hooks...I tend to get hung up a lot more when I travel fish and I donāt like to re-tie rigs while on the water. If I break off I throw it down and grab another rod. You donāt want old string when that 60 lbr hits.
* I bring my spooling station with me and re-string the break offs at night in my room.
*I bring my big baits with me. Nothing worse than looking for bait for 2 hrs when you could be catching toads.
*I study the weather patterns intensely the week before. I look at how many days the wind has been blowing out of a certain direction and if there is a front approaching.
* a week out i reach out to all my contacts and gather as much credible intel as I can on where bait is congregating and also where any big fish have been caught.
*I then put together a game plan to fish according to what the weather has been doing. My game plan generally consists of 5 different areas to scan. I also formulate a plan b in case the fish arenāt where I think they should be. When you travel fish you donāt know the lake nearly as good as your home water and sometimes I gotta get on the graph and hound dog em hard to find em. Having a game plan gives you a system to follow instead of trying to figure it out on the fly.
For you guys that are just starting out itās a good idea to get in the habit of doing the prep-work before you fish your home lake. Itās also a good idea to have a game plan for your home lake too. It will train you to systematically find fish. You do this stuff long enough and eventually itās second nature.