We ice fisherman tend to push our equipment to extremes. Sometimes we sit in warm cozy fish houses, one extreme(ly nice way to go), and sometimes we brave the elements in below 0 temperatures with numbing winds, the other extreme. I want to focus a little more on the colder extreme.
One of the best methods out there for finding active fish under the ice is ‘ice trolling’. Drilling lots of holes and hopping from hole to hole with pole in hand can be quite a chilly experience. Not only for you, but for your equipment as well. This is a common tactic for finding walleyes, and when you do find yourself hooked up with that lunker down below, you don’t want your reel to be frozen up and your tight drag to break your line.
Make sure you are using some quality reel oil and also testing your drag every once in a while. You don’t want to be the victim of ‘the big one that got away’.
Hope you enjoy the tip. Do you have a helpful tip for freezing ice reels? Leave a comment below or sign up to the forums!
Good luck fish’n
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