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Warm Weather Ahead!  


It finally looks like warm weather is arriving and won't be going anywhere soon. With warm weather comes great opportunities at early season panfish. Anglers across the Midwest look forward to this time of year when the big bluegills, Crappie and other types of panfish are eager and ready to bite. Soon, anglers will be out in droves at their favorite hole, casting and catching some great eating panfish.

However, before you hit your favorite spot, let's back up and go over a few things. Right now is a great time to take an evening and go through all of your gear and get ready for the season. Starting with your rods and reels. Make sure everything is still in good shape, working and be sure to change that old line out. Many panfish anglers use more than one rod and reel. Personally I like to have at least four panfish rigs ready to go. Each rigged with a different lure and different weight line. This way I can switch up fast and not waste time on the water. I'll have everything from a bug and bobber to a slip float rigged and ready to go.

Next go through that tackle box. Empty everything out and re-organize. When you're on the water and catching fish this is not the time to find out that you're out of your favorite lure or just lost your last float. Stock up on any items that you may need. The most common items are sinkers, bobbers, bobber stops, hooks, flies, spiders, small jigs and other types of terminal tackle. As every angler knows, you can't have too much tackle!!!! After you've got your tackle all set it looks like you're ready to go, at least as far as your tackle needs go.

For those of you who are just starting out, getting into panfishing may be one of the least expensive things you do all summer. For well under a $100 you can get a good combo, tackle box, accessories, tackle and still have a few bucks left over. The best system to use when starting out is the KISS system, "Keep It Simple Stupid". You don't have to over think this one. Go to your local tackle shop or ask a buddy who already hits the early season waters for panfish. Either way, you can get set up in short order and be on the water casting and catching before you know it.



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