A look at the record books — and this year’s ShareLunker standings — might convince North Texas bass anglers to leave the comfort of the fireplace and den for a trip to a favorite big bass water.

A look at the record books — and this year’s ShareLunker standings — might convince North Texas bass anglers to leave the comfort of the fireplace and den for a trip to a favorite big bass water.


But if you do go, make sure that your trip starts and ends with safety being the primary consideration.


Because there are rarely — if ever — any second chances for an angler who gets into trouble at this time of the year with water temperatures in the low to mid 40s on North Texas water bodies.


Especially with another potential winter storm — and more cold weather — bearing down on the area over the next several days.


The best safety recommendation during the winter months is to never fish alone.


"If you do fish alone, make sure that someone knows where you’re going to be, where you’ll be on the lake, and when you’ll return," said Major League Fishing and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Kelly Jordon of Palestine.


Just in case you do get in trouble, it is a good idea to keep a cell-phone or marine radio handy in a waterproof container during winter outings.


And dress in layers of warm, waterproof, and windproof high- tech clothing that can ward off winter’s dangerous wetness and chill.


In case of accidentally getting wet, Jordon recommended carrying an extra set of dry clothes, an extra jacket, and maybe even a sleeping bag, all secured in waterproof bags or containers and placed in a dry storage locker.


It should go without saying that anglers should always wear a lifejacket throughout a winter fishing trip when an unexpected fall into cold water can quickly numb extremities and bring about rapid, death dealing hypothermia.


Wintertime can bring some of the best action for the biggest bass of the year.


Just be sure that you stay dry, safe, and sound as you fish for the lunker of your dreams.