Rain, wind and cold

Fishing is an outdoor sport. Sometimes the weather is perfect. More often, however, it’s tough in one way or another. After everything’s said and done we’re at the mercy of Mother Nature. Savvy anglers know that and learn to deal with it.

Three nasty conditions are common. Here’s how I deal with them.


Over the years I’ve worn every rain suit ever made, at least I think I have. My honest opinion is that Under Armour makes the best one available. That’s not to criticize any of the others or to denigrate them. There’s some good stuff out there. Still, I stand by what I said.


Getting practical information from your electronics


Modern electronics will give us information we couldn’t even dream about 10 or 12 years ago. Frankly, I can’t imagine trying to fish a high-level tournament without my Raymarine units. But they don’t replace common sense and basic angler skills.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can use your units to give you practical information the next time you’re out chasing bass.

Marking trails and waypoints with your GPS can be useful if you use those features wisely. Turn your trails on and you can see where you’ve been. That’s helpful if you want to cover a sizeable area without missing spots or without wasting your time by going over the same water twice. And, if you’re on a new lake, they’ll help if you want to keep an eye on where you’ve been and where you’re at. They’re also good for marking shortcuts or routes through hazardous water.

If you fish the same lake all the time, however, you might want to turn them off. You know where you’re at and what’s out there so why clutter your screen with a wad of spaghetti-looking strings? All that’ll do is keep you from seeing the information you really do need.

Marking waypoints is helpful if you want to return to the same spot again, but don’t become a prisoner to them. If you mark a spot that’s full of fish one day but go back the next day to the same spot and things have changed, you need to change. It’s a waypoint, not a fish.

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