Quickly change from flat line to down line and back by using a removable weight with added snap at the swivel on the bead side.
Having all your equipment in good working order and having everything on your boat you need to fish with so that you can catch the Big fish and land them: good line, hooks, reels that work etc. Downsize your tackle, hooks, leaders, and bait, you enhance the bite during the winter and springtime.
Freeze 16 oz. water bottles and then use them as the ice in your cooler for summertime fishing. You can place one in the bait tank to keep the temp down if bait starts suffering as well.
Hold blue backs in the dip net while hooking them, knocks off fewer scales. When you get ready to bait a hook, put the rod in the holder and stick the hook on the holder. That way you know exactly where it is and can get to it easily once you have the bait ready.
If you use an egg sinker on down lines you can quickly get bait down to the depth of fish by putting the rod in the holder and putting the reel in frees pool while getting bait. Once you put the bait on the hook the sinker will already be halfway down to the desired depth and then will slide on down when you release the bait.
Position rod holders on your boat so that you can always place rods in the holder based on the pattern of your spread, free lines out the back, down lines on the corners, planer boards on the T-top, down lines up front, etc. This makes it much quicker to get your spread out when you find fish.
Spend some time looking at other boats, then thinking about how you like to fish and how your boat is rigged. There are many, many things that can be done to improve your fishing through good rigging.
On the trolling motor always turn on the compass heading function. If you have one of the GPS guided trolling motors the setting will keep your boat on a steady heading during the moments the captain could be distracted while getting fish in the boat.
Our club has some great fishermen and many more aspiring fishermen. Beg, barter, or cajole the great fishermen to take them along on a fishing trip. That is the true value of our club!
Make sure the bilge pump in your boat functions properly and make sure the drain plug in your boat is in good repair, so it does not “blow out”.