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Fishing Tips & Inventions

Crankbait Holder

This will store my crankbaits while tied on to rod, safe and tangle free. I am testing it out now but I think it will work fine. It will keep the hooks safely away from legs while in the back of my boat, and tangle free while up front or in my rod storage. They do make wrap around bait holders that use velcro, and these are nice but they are expensive, can blow out of the boat and are like a sail in the wind flapping all over the place possibly damaging line. In the rod box they can still get tangled with other rods. This pipe I am using cannot get tangled.

I am taking a thin piece of pvc pipe, putting a bend in it to stick to the rod butt. I first slide the crankbait through the pipe then attach it to the rod butt and reel the crankbait up into the pipe tightly. In the pictures below you wonít see the crankbait but it is there. The pipe is large enough to hold a large crankbait 6? long but can be made shorter or longer.

It takes a few seconds to put this pipe on but will save a lot of time from untangling rods and I donít have to worry about the kids getting a hook in there leg. These would be easy to store, just throw anywhere or make a rack to hold several and they wonít blow out of the boat. And best of all, they are cheap and easy to make.

How do you keep ice off rods in the winter:

ice pole

While Walleye fishing in the winter ice tends to build up on the top eye of the rod from reeling in and out and this can cause big problems. It can freeze the line making it hard to feed out line or reel in. When you try to pick it off it causes damage to the eye resulting in line damage and lost fish. I used to pick it off with a nail, my cutters and other things but all damage the line. I tried sprays but that is a pain and only helps a little. So to fix this I put an over size eye on the end of rod and no more ice. If you do get a little ice built up, just tap your rod on the side of the boat and the ice breaks off completely. It looks funny but ice is no longer a problem and I don't have any trouble using these rods year round with the big eye.

ice scooper
Minnow Scoop

Use an ice-fishing scooper and attach an extension by taping on a small board or anything to the scope handle so it can be in reach it from your chair so you don't have to get up or bend over. The ice scooper will keep your hands dry where a net doesn't. It also only catches a few minows so the majority of the minnows don't get netted every time you need a new minnow.

Keep minnows in a cooler so they don't freeze

Keeps minnows cooler in the summer too. Keeps the temperature stable. Use coolers for worms and Leeches or any bait. Keep cheesebait in an Igloo cooler so it doesn't melt and it keeps the odor inside. You can find small coolers for very little at used goods stores and rummage sales.

hair worm
hair worm
How to make instant hair jigs

without having to tie them. Works great for a floater rig. I got lazy and tried melting hair to a twister tail without the twister and it not only works but also makes one heck of a floater with a great wobble triggers fish strikes.

stinger hook
Use single hooks for cheater hooks;

They are lighter diameter hook keeps the minnow upright, catches less debris, catches bigger fish with bigger hook size. Tie ahead of time, use a slip knot - Just slide it over hook eye and pull tight.

jet drive
Add an oar on the back of boat to keep the boat from spinning in the wind; there is no skag on a jet-drive motor to keep the boat straight. Try using a thin metal bar, bolted it to the boat transom, then folded it back and bolted to a half an oar. This way you can easily pull it up if there's ice at the ramp, and it does bend up and back down if I run over anything like a log, and if I back up and hit something it just bends and returns to original position. This is indestructible.
Ice proof transducer mount

Transducers don't get along with ice and after snapping a couple off I came up with a method that let me use the broken transducer
and it cannot break because I easily bend it up out of the way if there is any ice at the ramp. I used a 4" piece of 2x4 board, drilled and carved out a hole the shape of the transducer and used caulking to hold it in place. I then used a piece of galvanized metal for a brace and attached to the transducer and the boat transom.That thing has been on there for over ten years and still holds great and it does work while running full speed.

fishng marker
Duck decoy for a marker buoy I rarely use markers because I get landmarks but this thing fools them all! The only bad thing is people will try to pick it up to keep it and may not believe you that its yours.

Bobber stop

No need to use the string that comes with slip bobbers, and piece of monofilament will work. Seventeen pound test line works good. Just tie half a square knot and pull real tight and there you go. It will slide through your rod eyes with ease.
bobber stop

The Button:
Add a button to any surface lure for more action. I like to use these with rubber mouseys in the weed holes where you don't have much room to work the lure. This gives you twice as much action for twice the distance. It makes it look like a frog trying to catch a bug. Add a button before you tie on the lure. Peg the button hole with a tooth pick and break off excess.
bass button      bass tip

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