Capt. Sonny Schindler with a flounder caught at Cat Island.

I guess I done went and got old? I am writing this story a day after having knee surgery, laid up in my recliner. It was a minor meniscus repair, and I should be back on the water in no time. I can now add bad knee to a bad neck, and a bad back. I’m all but certain the last couple of decades on the water have been the major contributing factor to my body falling apart. I was lucky enough to get my procedure done in our “slow time” of the year.

The last day I fished, right before the surgery, I made a list of stuff that needed attention. Myself, the boat, and my gear haven’t had much of break this year. In addition to my knee, I need to get rods repaired, upholstery stitched, a leaking hydraulic system checked, and my trailer serviced. And those are just the major issues.

There is still plenty of fishing to do this year. However, between the frigid temps, cold fronts and windy days there are typically more days on land than on the water. It’s during this “down time” that we need to take care of ourselves and our “stuff”. This is a fantastic time to get yourself looked at. Go see the dermatologist, eye doctor, and or get your annual check ups done. If you have any issues internally or externally on your body(and mind), go get em taken care of. It’s also a perfect time of year to get your reels, engines, trolling motors, electronics, safety gear, towing vehicles, and batteries serviced. If you or your gear are not in good shape, than fishing is gonna be tough in the coming months.

We see it happen EVERY SINGLE YEAR. People will wait till that first warm day in Spring to send their boats, trolling motors, engines, reels, etc into the repair shops. Get yourself and your stuff taken care of now. If the fishing the last couple of weeks is any indications of what’s coming, yall better start getting ready. The redfishing has been some of the best we have seen in years. The sheepshead bite has been off the charts. The water has been very salty and clean too. I think we have really good things coming our way in the next few months. You and your stuff need to be ready. Benjamin Franklin put it best when he said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Get it done now!

Here are some of the local places we use to get our stuff ready:

THE BOATHOUSE

Engine, Electronics, General Boat Service/Repair

Waveland, MS

228-467-5910

LEES TROLLING MOTOR SERVICE

Trolling motor, Power Pole repair and

installation

Waveland, MS

601-916-4957

ATLANTIC MARINE

Engine, Electronic, General Boat Service/Repair

Bay St Louis, MS

228-467-2847

SPORT TRAIL

Boat Trailer parts and service

Waveland, MS

228-467-1885

A&A MARINE

Marine Hardware

Pass Christian, MS

228-452-5600

PASS MARINE REPAIR

general engine, electronic and boat repair

Pass Christian, MS

228-304-2971

RONNIES REEL REPAIR

inshore/offshore reel repairs

Hancock/Harrison County

228-323-0157

As always, have fun and be safe.

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