Plenty of chores to stay busy indoors

After a mild start to the winter, we finally got a taste of what some real Canadian winter weather feels like over the past week or so.
When wind chills dip the temperature below minus-30 C, outdoor activities really star to lose their fun.
We have issues with everything freezing, our equipment breaks with much more frequency, and the cold wind on our face or hands gets very uncomfortable.
Over the past week, I had some friends visiting from the U.S. to wolf hunt so I got to experience first-hand all of these things.
Propane lines for the heaters in my blinds were freezing up and slush from the lake was freezing to my snowmobile and sled, creating plenty of issues.
I smashed up an Otter sled into about 100 pieces in the middle of the lake while hauling some gear out for one of my hunters and went through several of the little folding chairs that I use in my blinds.
A couple of heaters went down, as well!
Finally, it was a battle to keep my hands warm on the snowmobile—even with heated grips.
Any little crack in my clothing, where the wind could get through while I was riding, was like getting hit with a razor blade.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to spend too much time outside, other than getting my hunters set up early in the morning and picked up in the evening.
During this recent cold snap, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in my garage working on my fishing and hunting gear.
I have ice-fished plenty of days when it’s super cold out but to be honest, when it’s like it was over this past weekend, it’s just not that fun.
Call me a wimp but I still have plenty of time to hit the ice later this winter.
This week, I’m hitting the road for Florida to prepare for my bass tournament season that starts in a couple weeks down at Lake Okeechobee.
The big project that I’ve been working on the most is getting all of my fishing tackle sorted out and organized after being piled up in the corner of my garage back in October at the end of the season around here.
I need to take tackle with me for a variety of different lakes that I’ll fish on the FLW Tour schedule over the coming months, so it’s a significant amount of gear.
I’ve been cleaning up my tackle, getting rid of any hooks that have rust on them, organizing my soft plastics into groups, stuff for Florida, stuff for smallmouths, that sort of thing.
One thing I like to do with my lures is put elastic bands around the treble hooks so I can store a bunch of them together in a box without the hooks all tangling together.
This is a trick I learned from my friend, Alex Keszler.
If you have access to a garage, now is the time to get work done on your boat if it needs it.
I have a new Lund Predator sitting in my garage that I’ve been working on rigging up with electronics, a trolling motor, and Talons with the help of my friends.
Maybe your boat needs some new carpet or flooring, or maybe you need to install a new GPS unit?
If you get it done now, you won’t miss a day come spring when we all want to get out in the boat.
Keeping all of our equipment in tip-top shape does help to enhance our experiences in the field and on the water, so if any of your equipment needs some love, do it while we’re in these winter deep freezes!

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