The groundhog saw his shadow yesterday so it meant 6 more weeks of ice fishing:sad2:. With that said it will be a another couple months before any of us will ever attempt to catch one. But it's not too early to get ready for the 2009 adventures. I started by adding another Shakespeare 7'6 MH UglyCat rod as a Christmas gift from my parents. Now each of my ABU 6500 C3s will be accompanied by these UglyCats. My nice girlfriend got me a Shimano Calcutta 400B. It will mount nicely on my 7'6 MH St. Croix Classic Cat.This will be my second Calcutta 400 which goes on my 7'6 St. Croix Musky rod. All in all i will have 6 bona-fide flathead set ups so I will make sure I take advantage of our 2 rod rule:wink::cool2:. In the next month, I'm gonna spend a weekend day scouting out some new spots. The best time to find new spots is scouting out in the wintertime before the vegetation grows in the spring. You'll be surprised how different how the river and its surroundings look different when there is no leaves and bushes to cover things. Other things I need is a new aerator, really learn how to throw a castnet, and wait for April to roll around. PS Wintertime SUCKSoooh:.