EDITOR/ SR. WRITER
ART/ CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Keith “Catfish” Sutton
John N. Felsher
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Cover Photo Credit
Robert Woody poses with a pre-spawn blue from the Tennessee River in mid-May. Other fish caught on the day showed the scars and scratches as a result of preparing for the spawn that was soon to come. (Ron Presley Photo)
The Impact of Modern Equipment
Today I sit drinking my morning cup of coffee and ponder the current fuel cost situation. What really is the cause? Why do we roll over and accept this? How can I save fuel and still tour on the circuits, fish for fun, and fish for work? Questions, questions, questions, but not many answers as to why.
Thanks to the Pecan Coffee I love, I woke up to a brainstorming session of some things I could share and recommend. I thought of some items that may help you and me continue to enjoy the fishing sport we love and always have FUN! They include:
- Keep your tow vehicle in top maintenance condition. Keep your fuel filter, oil changes, and air filters clean and in top condition. Follow all periodic maintenance requirements. All these things will improve gas mileage. Use fuel additives to help boost octane and clean your engines and fuel systems.
- Maintain your boat motor, fuel tanks, and other equipment in top condition. Boat motor manufacturers have published maintenance schedules that will not only prolong your engine but also save gas. Yamaha’s Outboard Maintenance Matters website and app provide the how-to videos, steps, and recommendations for their engines. They also have fuel additives and cleaners that will help improve fuel economy and quality.
- Plan your trips to the lake and river carefully to minimize drive-time and on-the-water run times. Decrease your speed and your RPMs to maximize fuel economy. My Yamaha SHO 250, for example, is very efficient at 4,000 RPMs. Find your most efficient speed and stick with it. It may take longer to arrive but it will extend your fishing time and trips.
- Use gas apps to check on gas prices. I have found this extremely important for my diesel truck gas.
While these items do not solve the overall issue of gas pricing, I hope it helps you and me continue to enjoy our passion for fishing.
Good Luck Fishing!
Dan Dannenmueller, Publisher