|FEVER BREAK: DiBenedetto shows off an early season striped bass.|
This past winter i suffered from my typical, acute case of cabin fever. Sure, I escaped to Florida a few times (snook in Jupiter Inlet and tarpon in Biscayne Bay), went cod fishing off New York (does the word "numb" mean anything to you?), took a fly-casting lesson, religiously oiled my reels and organized my tackle and watched more fishing TV than I care to recount. But, for me, the fever doesn't break until the shrink-wrap is off of the boat.