Fishing was slow after an overnight temperature drop from the mid twenties down to single digits. In fact, under normal circumstances I'd have changed my plans and went looking for a quarry more tolerant of cooler temperatures than largemouth. There was certainly no chance of any topwater action and all I managed was a half hearted pick up on a bottom dragged worm fly. So I basically used the day to explore and refamiliarise myself with parts of the local lake. I've certainly identified a few places to hit when it's warmer. I'm more interested in the snakehead, I've not fished them for a few years now as it's not the shot fishing you get with Paul. Although, I'm wondering about windless days and standing up on the tube in summer, or even getting a SUP to see if there are shots to be had.
The most eventful thing that happened was discovering a puncture in my float tube. Luckily it was slow. I always test my tube in the spring by inflating it and leaving it overnight to check, a good idea any time you've not used for a while. But that's no guarantee. The good thing about modern tubes is that they usually have several bladders, meaning that you're probably fairly safe even if a puncture does happen. As it was, with a soft right bladder I managed to limp back to shore around lunch time still fully afloat if a bit lopsided and uncomfortable. My life jacket hadn't even deployed.
While some might think that this is a reason to avoid the float tube, I actually see it as an illustration of just how safe they are - I doubt a boat would fare so well with a hole in one side, even if it was small. whit a bit of luck, it's also just the work of a few minutes to fix the pucture- assuming it's not too difficult to find that is.