Hunt Smart, Fish Hard

Over the winter months of watching fishing shows (especially crappie shows) I couldn’t wait for Feb. 2 to get here.

That is the day the groundhog either sees his shadow and we get six more weeks of winter weather, or if the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow we will get an early spring. I think every fisherman hopes for that. Then it’s waiting game for the ice to come off the ponds and lakes.

During those months, I wait for all the catalogs to arrive so I can see what the new baits are going to be. I saw one that caught my eye. I wanted to order some so I could add them to my tackle box. I tried to order them from Bass Pro Shop, Cabela’s and six other places from Erie Pa., Texas, New York, North Carolina, California, and Missouri. Every one of those places had told me that those items I wanted are “Temporary Out Of Stock.”

I didn’t get discouraged because I would check back in a week. Let me tell you, a week went from one week to one month, and every store I checked with was still out of stock on this item. I get another magazine in the mail and I see they are advertising that they have what I want.

Looking through the magazine I see something that caught my eye. I could add this to the lure. In all my years fishing I never saw one of them before. I called the company and ordered some. I couldn’t wait for them to get here.

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