Camden native Jake Worthington made this puppy drum catch on the Elizabeth River.


Camden native Jake Worthington made this puppy drum catch on the Elizabeth River.

Mike Sweeney: Some tips on how to winterize your boat

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This is the time of year that a lot of people have put their boat away for the season and only the diehards like me are out there.

There is more to winterizing your boat that just the motor and a few extra steps now will make it a lot easier in the spring when you want to get back out on the water.

Some of the things that I like to do is start with the interior of the boat.

I take out all the life jackets and hang them up in the shed along with cushions and other vinyl covered pieces. This will keep them from molding in the boat over the winter. I also like to check all the tire pressures and grease my hubs.

I always use a fuel additive to the gas this time of year and keep the tank full at all times to help keep moisture out. I run the motor with the fuel additive for at least a couple of minutes so the mixture can get into the motor and help keep the motor clean.

Keep the lower unit pointed down in order to keep water from getting into the unit freezing.

These are just a few things I like to do over and above the normal motor winterizing but lucky for me I fish all year.

What’s biting, where...

The fishing report is a little slow right now but the diehards are still at it. The beach is getting its fair share of skates and dogfish but we have had some good puppy drum caught off the point at Oregon Inlet.

They have been hitting shrimp on bottom rigs which is a little strange but whatever it takes.

The sound has some striper action on the bridge pilings but it is either hot or cold lately with one day getting skunked and the next you have a limit in an hour.

Stretch lures on the sound bridge, Rattle Traps and Alabama rigs on the Manns Harbor bridge are the normal baits.

I hit the canal at Coinjock the other day and only had one fish but one of the locals caught 23 fish the day before so you don’t know if you don’t go.

The more times you get out the better chance of hitting one of the on days.

The bay season has closed up in Virginia but the ocean season has started. They are catching some fish off of Cape Charles on live eels but the fish up there have been hit or miss also with on days and off days.

As always check with the local tackle stores to get your rules and regulations because things have changed for the upcoming season and you don’t want to get caught on a new rule violation.

The local largemouth bite is still pretty good up in the creeks and the crappie have been pretty good also.

Nice fish are being caught floating shiners on channel ledges on bobbers while slow trolling up and down the creek. If you get a chance to get out then send me a picture and a report to or hit me up on Facebook at Fishing with Mike.


These are good tips from Mike

These are good tips from Mike and he really shared the best ideas. - All State Van Lines Relocation

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