Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It's alway the little things that count

   "Take a look at those rods and how they are rigged. Don't just glance at them then pass them around," a passionate Mark Martin instructed the audience of students during a seminar at Lake Gogebic for ice fishing.
   Martin's point to be sure was walleye professionals that were assembled were actually showing their equipment, how it was rigged, and how they are successful through the ice.
   "They all have a little different method," Martin said. That's the beauty and one of the secrets for attending these schools. No matter how much experience you have, there is always something to learn.
   "Look at the line on those rods. Pay attention to the terminal tackle and the leaders. Look at the length of the leaders. They are random; some two feet, others three inches. They are cut to a certain size for a reason," Martin said.
   "These guys come here with their tool boxes (tackle box), open them up and show you what they use and what works. You need to pay attention and take some notes," he said.
   After all, this is a little like school. You're there to learn. That is the best advice I've heard in a long time; take some notes, and secondly pay attention. Don't just pass a rod around.

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