Oh...What to do all Winter?by Capt Juls on 12/02/18
Well, it's that time of year...deep sigh. The boat is put to bed, and the cold/dark month are upon us....deep sigh.
Today's 50 degree weather and sunshine is a welcome, and much needed, change today. It feels like spring!
I know tomorrow it turns into winter again, so I'm kind of getting the blues.
I'm pretty sure the last trip was run this past Friday, unless we get some nice weather and winds, and the lake isn't muddy. I have a few customers that like to be kept "on call", and live near enough, to make it on a day's notice to get out fishing.
Like them, fishing is a form of "therapy", in that it calms us, focuses us, and allows us to make it through a long winter. lol
I don't ice fish anymore, so the winters seem even longer now between fishing trips....ugh.
I'm sitting here on this sunny Sunday afternoon, typing this at my desk, the windows are open, a Jalapeno/Cheese bread is baking in the oven, and I'm listening to the wind chimes dance on my front porch. It's December 2nd, and just yesterday, we just had winter temperatures and winds that would cut through a person's clothing and send a chill to the bones. While I want this nice day to never end, I know tomorrow will bring back those winter conditions again.
The new boat is performing great! I'm still waiting on my one SmoothMove seat, for the passenger side though. I only ordered the one, because as the driver, I like to feel what my boat is feeling. Those seats are so nice, you don't feel the abuse the boat is taking anymore, and I don't want any preventable damage done to the hull while I'm driving it. The throttle is there for a reason, and it's not always to push it down! ;)
I'm already anxious for spring. This is the earliest I've had a new boat, and knowing it's over there in the heated storage building, in a spot that will allow me to take it out on a moments notice, is always tempting. But, at this time of year...one needs to be very safety concious, and pick the days, because the water temperatures are deadly from now until late spring.
I've put her to bed for now. The weather forecast is not condusive to a fun trip for at least for the next week. I don't look to far ahead at this time of year, because you really can't tell what the forecast is going to do until a day or two in advance.
On another note, I started writing for an online magazine called, "Outdoor Unlimited", and sent in the first submission yesterday. It looks like a nice website, so if you get a chance...check it out. www.odumagazine.com. I don't think my article will be posted until around Christmas time though. I'll write something each month, so it gives me something fishy to think about. ;)
Not much else going on now that the "Walleye Fall Brawl" is done. So, I'll try to keep busy this winter, and hope for an early ice out. Hopefully, we'll have a mild winter, and we'll get out here and there on some nice days. One can wish, anyway. lol
So, I'll think of some things to blog about through the winter, in case someone is actually reading this. ;)
I wish all of you a safe winter...a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!