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Got a question about fishing, that you have never been able to figure out?

Well, along comes old Fishin' Tipster, Weekend Semi-Pro and resident backlash picking champion, with the solution.

Ever see or hear of a serious bass boat accident?

Man, with so many boats out there now, the waters are getting crowded the boats go faster, and accidents are increasing. To top that, most anyone with a credit rating can go by a 70-MPH go-faster rig and hit the water. He doesn't have to take a boating course or even know how to drive one. I have seen some folks with a new 200 HP on a 20-foot bass rig that did not even know what the power trim was for.

So, you and I want to improve our odds of NOT being a statistic, right. Well, along comes old Fishin' Tipster, Weekend Semi-Pro and resident backlash picking champion, with some of the solution. Old Fishin' Tipster, Weekend Semi-Pro and resident backlash picking champion, has a major 'tip' for you. Did you know that you will survive only 30 minutes, or so, in water that is 50 degrees??. This is the cold weather and cold water time. DO NOT take any chances. Hypothermia will kill you in a heartbeat.

Falling out of a boat doesn't always just happen to that 'other guy' we keep hearing about. I have 'been there/done that' and a lot of you have, too. It's not too big a deal when things are warm (if you swim). But, going overboard is deadly serious business in the winter.

In the photo is my fishing buddy, Earl Cagle, with a crappie that nearly made 4 lbs. See Earl? See Earl's big fish? See Earl's snowmobile suit? See Earl try to swim in that thing? What you can't see is that Earl is also wearing some lace-up heavy boots. See Earl try to swim in the boots, too? Here are two things that can save Earl's life (well, there are three, actually; one is not to catch the biggest fish out of MY treetop, on MY rod, using MY jig, and out of MY boat!). The two serious points, though, are:

1. Be sure you have a knife within an easy reach pocket to cut those boot laces, or the boots have zippers.
2. Be sure that heavy snowsuit gear, or jacket, has plenty of zippers that work properly and can be taken off in the water.

If you wind up overboard in the winter, the chances are good you may die. If you are also not prepared to respond, I suspect you WILL die.

Momma always said to be careful, right?

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