By Mike Thull
Excerpt taken from KFGO Outdoors blogs:
By Mike Thull
The day and age of a fisherman going out fishing, armed with their favorite rod and a small tackle box is starting to become a thing of the past. The modern day fisherman is bringing more and more equipment out with them after every trip to the sporting goods store. I am guilty as charged when it comes to packing as much equipment as I can on a trip. If I could get the plumbing situation figured out I’m sure that I could find a use for the kitchen sink. Having all this “stuff” is definitely not a bad thing. Being prepared during a trip can make or break that fishing experience. Something else that can make or break a fishing trip is how organized you keep all of your equipment. Now more than ever, it is extremely important to have a rhyme and reason to your fishing set ups. For me there are two main reasons to keep all of my equipment organized.
The first reason I find it important to stay organized is the efficiency that comes along with knowing where everything belongs. When I am out on the lake I want to be fishing as quick as possible. Any time I spend digging through compartments, trying to find something, I am not fishing. And on the flip side, when it is time to pack up and move, it goes much more smoothly when everything has a specific spot to go back to. A lot of time can be wasted when packing up looks like a game of Tetris. If you can designate everything a spot and remember where it goes when you are done, your fishing rig turns into a puzzle you have put together a thousand times and you could now pick out what you need blindfolded.
My second, and possibly the most important reason organization is at the top of my priorities is to keep your equipment safe. As fishermen we have a lot of money tied up in rods, tackle, electronics, and the latest must have gizmos, and we need to take steps to protect that investment. Lake Winnipeg is the place ice fishing equipment goes to die. If you want to test your stuff, book a trip and take it to the limit. My first couple trips to the big lake, I would keep all of my equipment inside my fish house sled and it never failed to be mass destruction inside there when I was done. After two trips I decided it was time to protect my investment better than I had been doing in the past. The best step to take is to get anything you don’t want broken out of your fish house sled. Bouncing over snow drifts and ice heaves for miles and miles at a time is very hard on electronics, heaters, and rods regardless of brand. The more stuff you can haul on or in your mode of transportation will greatly reduce the amount of damages. It doesn’t matter if you are using a snowmobile, ATV or side by side, use the suspension of your vehicle to protect your valuables. Utilizing the use of storage boxes and auger racks is a great way to securely fit all of your equipment on your rig. There are a lot of options for what to use to secure everything on your rig, but a great one stop shop for fishing storage would be Excel-Outdoors . They have trunks of all sizes to fit your needs as well as bucket racks and the Jaws of Ice auger rack to secure anything you need to get on and off the lake.
The great thing about rigging up your ride, is there are endless possibilities on how to get it the way you want it. Everyone can do as much as your imagination, handyman skills, and pocket book can take you. But taking any steps to organize your world will pay off big time in the long run. These ideas shouldn’t melt away with the ice either. Keeping your boats organized is just as important as your ice fishing ride. I hope all of you have a safe and successful end to your ice season. We’ll see you on the lake!!
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