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Offline exophysical

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What do you guys use for gear while trecking?
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:06:38 am »
 When you guys are back country fishing what do you use for gear? Do you pack in rods and reels/ tip ups, or do you go with some kind of a handline? I like hand lines because they are more compact but they suck when trying to give line to big fish and I hate having tangled line all over the place when I pull up a fish. So what do you guys use? I recently stumbled across this video, it seems like this guy has handline fishing down to a science and has figured out to beat the frustrations I typically encounter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFfILfNo1OM

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Re: What do you guys use for gear while trecking?
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2014, 12:26:40 pm »
Are you talking winter or summer? Don't think I could hand line a Tarpon like that.  In Ontario while Ice Fishing we are allow a max of two lines. Some lakes only one line. I like a rod and a reel. usually set a tip up out and jig close by. I jug with a tip up sometimes but not too often. I used to only use tip up for lake trout and white fish but love playing a fish on a rod. For pan fish I use a ultra light set up.

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Re: What do you guys use for gear while trecking?
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2014, 12:46:42 pm »
I was talking about winter, what you use is pretty much what I regularly use for ice fishing. When I'm hiking in though I will quite often just take a crude jigging stick or a couple spools of line, they pack up more easily and I know I wont accidently break them in transit. I think I might try and find one of those yo-yo things and give it a shot though.

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Re: What do you guys use for gear while trecking?
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2014, 04:31:34 pm »
Two spools of line, a tiny jig case with the essentials, frozen minnows or perch bellies, a small roll of electrical tape and some tin foil for tip ups. I was raised handlining pike.  A good plan is to use the line specifically for ice fishing that is dark blue. Makes handlining less cluttered than clear line. Also, fight a fish with the wind at your back. That way the line gets blown away from you, often into a nice big loop, instead of all over you and becoming a tangled mess. A tangled line can cost you a fish if it is large.

If a fish runs, let the line slip through your fingers, but dip your hand into the water. No risk of a friction burn, and you can direct the line away from the sharp edges of the hole better.

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Re: What do you guys use for gear while trecking?
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2014, 07:43:54 am »
We are heading off into the back lakes this weekend fishing and camping. I'll Take a small ice fishing rod and reel. I'll also throw in a jigging stick/tip up as a back up. Here on Simcoe we regularly fish over 90 fow. That's a lot of hand bombing. I like the fight is a decent fish on light tackle. This weekend we will be fishing less than 20 fow so a hand line is great. A small rod doesn't take much room in a case and I usually take a handful of jigs and some small spoons. Won't be dragging in the power auger to get through the 24" of ice. It's hand auger this weekend.

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