Monday, October 30, 2006

Tips for Winterizing your Boat

Aspiring Pro Mike Diehl sent in the following tips on how to winterize your boat:

1. Fill your gas tank(s) and add gas stabilizer. (Follow the instructions on the stabilizer bottle as far as quantity. If in doubt, more is better.)

**Most manufacturers will advise to store the tanks full to ensure that there's no condensation. Some of the smaller motors can have their fuel lines disconnected and run dry; this doesn't eliminate all gas from the motor and can lead to gummed up carbs, etc., come Spring. Having stabilized gas throughout the motor ensures that gaskets don't dry out and there's no chance of the gas turning to varnish.


2. Run the motor for 10-15 minutes to ensure that stabilized gas is in all of the lines, carbs, etc. (I take mine for a run after stabilizing the gas; I want to make sure that I've used up all of the un-stabilized gas that was in the fuel line, etc., and that only stabilized gas is in the system.)

3. Before shutting the motor off, you will want to fog the engine by spraying a fogging oil (storage seal) into all of the carbs (or the EFI system).

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Check your owner's manual for specific instructions on how to fog your particular engine. (Some of the newer engines are not to be fogged.) Follow the instructions on the can; you will want to have the motor smoking "big time", this ensures that you have the engine properly fogged.

**Fogging oil puts a coating of oil on all of the cylinder walls and throughout the engine; it prevents rust from occuring during the winter storage months.


4. Remove the spark plugs and spray fogging oil into each of the plug holes. (About a 3-4 second spray in each.) Replace the spark plugs and disconnect your kill switch. Turn the motor over 3-4 times to distribute the oil into the cylinders.
**Not everyone does this step, but I figure that it's extra insurance that the entire engine is well fogged. After the first run in the Spring you might want to consider putting in new spark plugs, don't put in new ones in the Fall, they will just get "messed up" with the fogging oil.


5. Remove the prop and check for fishing line behind it. Grease the shaft and replace the prop.

**If you have any nicks or dings on the prop you might want to have it repaired during the winter when the "prop guys" aren't too busy, rather than waiting until Spring.


6. Change the lower unit lube, (or at least check to ensure that there is no water present in the oil to ensure that it can't freeze during the winter. If there's water in the oil, it will be at the bottom and will come out first, or the lube will be a milky color which indicates water present.

7. Grease all fittings and lubricate all points shown in your owner's manual.

8. Fill the oil tank(s) to the top to prevent condensation during the winter.

9. Remove all batteries and store them inside. Charge them about every 6 weeks or so to keep them "topped up".

**You might want take the wires from each battery and put a cable tie (or piece of wire) through them to keep them in "sets" so that you know which ones go where come Spring. Label them as well, if need be.


10. Check to ensure that you don't have any water in your livewells, bilge pumps, etc. If in doubt you might want to add some RV antifreeze to them.

11. To make sure that the water in your water pressure line doesn't freeze during the winter and damage your gauge, you might want to disconnect the line and drain the water out.

12. Check your trailer tires to ensure that they are at the maximum tire pressure (probably 50#). Depending on where you store your trailer you might want to consider putting the trailer on blocks to keep it from sitting on the tires all winter.

13. Check the trailer hubs to see if they need grease added.

14. You might want to prop all of your compartments open slightly with pieces of styrofoam (or something similar), to ensure that air can circulate everywhere to prevent any condensation.

15. Remove basically everything from the boat.

16. Make sure that you store your motor in the "down" position to ensure that all water has drained out.

17. Wash the boat,and put a coat of wax on it (and the motor), if it needs it.

That's it..........you're done!!

Editor's Note: Wheu! Thanks Mike. I'm sweaty and tired just thinking about it! Maybe I'll just keep fishing through the winter and just wear heavier clothing.

Lake Tom Steed Report

Aspiring Pro Mike Diehl sends us this Lake Tom Steed Fishing Report:

Fishing is a little slow right now and with the cold fronts and wind pounding us at the moment. Bass are still being caught but the bite is slow. Try fishing spinner baits in about 8 foot of water. Hybrid are scattered and can be caught drifting jigs or on small spinners and crank bait. Crappie seems slow right now as they have not grouped up near brush piles or points yet. Not sure about the cat fishing, but I have not seen any jugs bouncing while on the lake.

Stay safe on the wind blown lakes - wear your life preserver!

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report Mike! Great advice about the life preservers too...

Monday, October 23, 2006

Lake Texoma Topwater Action

Lake of the Arbuckles Fishing Guide Frank Hanna took the weekend off, went fishing at Lake Texoma and sent in this fishing report:

For the last 3 weeks the birds have been all over the lake and the only thing you could catch was small fish. Well the fall blast has just began, at the mouth of Washita Point and Platter Flats the 4 to 6 pounders started surfacing under the birds. There was only one problem - 4 to 6 foot waves; we were soaked to the bone!

Try a rattle traps; blue and chrome, 1/2oz, and hang on! Now is a great time to take someone that has never seen fish feeding on the top.

Editor's Note: Thanks for the report Frank. Sounds like you had loads of fun. And Frank is right. Hold on to your pole! Those topwater stripers hit so hard they can pull the rod right out of your hand!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Mean Mouth Bass at Tom Steed

Mean Mouth Bass fishing at Lake Tom Steed Oklahoma with aspiring fishing pro Mike Diehl
Aspiring Pro Mike Diehl went fishing this last weekend at Lake Tom Steed in the rain and reports that although the fishing was slow, he cast a thousand times to catch these two and boy was it worth it. He caught this huge smallmouth where there aren't supposed to be smallmouths, pitching a frog under a boulder ledge. The next thing you know the fight was on!

He also says that it's very possible this is a Mean Mouth Bass - a hybrid mix of largemouth and smallmouth or spotted bass. His Meannie weighed in at 5.5 lb. and the largemouth at 5 lb.

Editor's Note: Thank for the picture and report Mike. I haven't ever heard of a Mean Mouth Bass before. Hope I catch one someday! If you would like to become Mike's sponsor on the bass tour, please contact him at: diehlfam65@yahoo.com

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Free Lodging Fishing Trip Offer


Lake Texoma Fishing Guide G.W. Chisholm of Trails Guide Service sent us the following information on an unbelievable Free Lodging Fishing Trip Offer at Lake Texoma.

From November 15th through February 15th, 4 person groups (or more) booking a fishing trip with G.W. will receive free lodging at Alberta Creek Resort & Marina!

The striper fishing at Lake Texoma is excellent year round, and in the fall & winter months, the monster catfish are great too. In January, G.W. caught a 62 lb cat!

To book this fantastic Free Lodging Fishing Trip Offer, call G.W. directly on his cell at 580-564-5398 or toll free at 877-277-4350.

Editor's Note: WHAT A DEAL! Don't let this one pass you by!!!!!! Fishing with G.W. is a hoot!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Lake Tom Steed Hybrids

Lake Tom Steed Oklahoma Hybrid Bass Fishing Report
Aspiring Pro Mike Diehl reports that the hybrids were biting well this last weekend at Lake Tom Steed.

He says, "Did some hybrid fishing yesterday for the first time. I had a blast, the wind was blowing 2 foot swells on tom steed but I stuck it out and it paid off.

He also asks, "Please excuse the hair Bad Hair Day."


Editor's Note: Thanks for the report Mike! No problem with the bad hair day. As you said, it was very windy. Just goes to show you that the old saying is right - The weather only bothers the fisherman!