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Getting Ready for MN Fishing Opener


Let the Games Begin! The clock is ticking on the 2019 Fishing opener and getting ready for the season is an important ritual. Most anglers don’t realize it makes good sense to get your boat, motor, batteries, tackle, ready before
the May 11 th Minnesota Fishing Opener.
Time and time again I have watched fisherman launch their boats only to have the batteries be dead because they never either charged them up the previous fall, or they decided not to replace them even knowing they exceeded their life span. Cleaning the terminals is all important to make sure you have a good connection. Remove the terminals and use a piece of emery cloth to clean the crystals off the posts, and inside of the clamps. This will insure you have a good connection. Check all your wiring for
live wells and accessories. Critters get into boats for the winter and have a bad habit of chewing up wiring. Make sure your plug is out of the boat before you get to the landing. “It’s the Law”.
Even if you don’t fish a lot, change the line on your reels before the season starts. Resin build up on reels with monofilament which causes memory and weakens the strength of the line. I load all my reels with Sufix Elite monofilament and for a few pennies gives me confidence. For the braided line enthusiasts I like to use Sufix 832. It has a round component like mono and has great strength and durability. For most situations I spool up with 10-4, new 8-3, or 6-2 braided line that will most often handle all my angling requirements. If I’m chasing Muskies or Big Pike, then I will spool up with heavier braid in the 40, 60, 80 pound test range for handling bigger baits with again thinner diameter.
Have you ever felt line or noticed that your line had nicks in it just after spooled up with fresh line? Well I have and I learned an important lesson. Most often its not the line, but the guides on your rod. The tip or other guides many times has ceramic inserts that will crack and you never notice it. If this shaving or nicking of the line happens to you take a Q-Tip and run it along the inside of the guide and you will leave fibers where the crack is located. Replace the tip or guide and you’re good to go.
Maintenance on your reels is just as important if not more so. Take the spool off your spinning reels and
clean the inside and outside of the spool before putting fresh line on. Use a light gun oil and either apply
or spray the shaft before putting the spool back on. Take a Q-Tip and apply a couple drops to the bail
connection screws and roller on bail. This will insure smooth and proper operation of the bail without
All these little tips will make for a better start throughout the 2019 fishing season. Good luck and see
you on the water. Tom Neustrom, owner of professional fishing guide service, MN Fishing Connections. Looking for a fabulous fishing trip experience? Call Tom to line up professional fishing guide services to get you on fish up north in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. With over 1,000 area lakes, you are sure to catch fish!

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