Ontario Fishing Network E-Magazine

Ontario Fishing Network

Volume 11,  Issue 4- April 2011




Tips for Storing Your Ice Fishing Gear
By Tim Allard

Sock it to the Fish
by Justin Hoffman

Summer Muskies Pt 3/6
by Pete Maina

Facts of Fishing
WEBCUT - Bass and Crayfish!!

Off the Dock
Slim Pickin's! by Phil Harrison and Maureen Shelleau

Manotak Lodge
Northern Comfort and awesome wallee fishing in Perrault Falls, Ontario

Product Showcase
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Northern Ontario Steelhead
By: Tyler Dunn

Gearing UP for the Season!!
by Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz

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Fishing Lodge Classifieds
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Facts of Fishing

French River Fishing

Ontario Campgrounds

Lake Simcoe Fishing

Tim AllardTips for Storing Your Ice Fishing Gear
By Tim Allard*

It can be tough to focus on properly putting away your ice fishing gear with open-water fast approaching, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here's a quick checklist of things to do so your winter gear will be in top shape and ready when next winter rolls around.

Put it on Paper
Keep a notebook handy to audit your gear as you store it. Jot down a list of tackle and equipment in need repair or replacement. Update the document during the off-season as you take care of these angling errands. Also record any maintenance you do so you won't be left guessing about tasks next year.

Overhaul Your Auger
Check your auger for damage. Now's the best time to get repairs done and buy replacement parts, such as blades. If all's in order, carefully dry blades with a towel and lightly coat them with oil or a water-displacing lubricant to prevent rusting.

For gas-powered augers, follow the manual's maintenance schedule. Clean and replace parts, like air filters, as recommended. Most companies advise adding fuel stabilizer to prevent fuel gum deposits during storage. Run the engine for 10 minutes to allow treated fuel to reach the carburetor. Cover the power head on gas augers to keep dust and dirt out of the engine. Store the auger in a safe place where it won't get knocked over.

Remove batteries from handheld GPS units, 2-way radios, headlamps and flashlights before long-term storage to prevent leakage. Disconnect the battery to your portable sonar. Be sure to charge it a few times between spring an autumn to keep its level topped up. Carefully inspect all wires on your sonar unit its transducer for cuts, kinks and other damage, replacing worn parts. Clean the unit before storing.

Portable Shelters
Set up your shelter and allow its tent fabric to completely dry to prevent mildew and mould from settling in over summer. Empty all of its contents. Inspect it for damage and tighten loose connections on the frame. Store your ice hut in a pest-free zone. Check on it periodically too as I've heard plenty of stories about rodents ruining tent fabric from chewing or nesting in it during storage.

Tip-Ups, Rods and Reels
Take time to de-clutter these important items. Store underwater tip-ups in a cool place and lay them horizontally. Vertical storage may cause low-temp lubricant to leak out.
Loosen reel drags to prevent damaging washers. You may also want to strip off old line now to reduce spooling time next season. Make note of any damaged rods; replace or repair as needed.

Tackle Time
Open tackle trays and let them dry thoroughly to prevent rusting. Inventory and organize each, returning lures and terminal tackle to their designated compartments. Remove any line or soft-bait left on lures. Replace worn and damaged hooks as well. After airing out trays I assemble them in a larger tote so all my baits are in one place. This eliminates any guesswork about bait whereabouts come first ice.

Winter Clothing
Don't neglect your ice fishing wear. Air out garments and empty pockets. Ice can be hard on angling attire so inspect your swag. Sew up any tears and replace worn-out items. Pay attention to your boots. Apply regenerating products to leather and other materials as needed. Boot insoles also may have thinned from use. Replace with new, thicker ones for better thermal insulation come next season.

*Tim Allard of Ottawa, Ontario is a hard-water expert and author-photographer of the newly released book, Ice Fishing: The Ultimate Guide. For information visit: www.helipress.com/product/ice-fishing-138.cfm

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