Keeping Your Tools Handy, Quick Tip

Keeping Your Tools Handy, Quick Tip

Keeping Your Tools Handy, Quick Tip

by January 29, 2014

Keeping your tools handy Feature

What’s your work area in the boat like? If you’re like most, you’ve got all of your key tools organized and handy for releasing fish or making adjustments and repairs to gear fast and on the spot. On the ice, it should be no different. I typically spread holes far and wide, and move through them quickly, putting lots of distance between myself the ATV, shelter or toboggan. Having my tools handy and out of the way helps with quick and safer handling of fish, as well as being able to keep my lures in shape.


I use a simple car key lanyard around my neck with a large, swiveling clip. They’re cheap and you can get them anywhere. No matter how far I am from my partner or the rest of my gear, I’m covered. I keep a small pair of needle nose pliers, a small hook file and a sharp blade with me wherever I wander. I can land and release fish, touch up hooks or trim knots fast, without having to leave a hot hole.


JPBushey-ProfilePicAbout JP Bushey

JP Bushey is a multi-species, multi-season fisherman living in Barrie, Ontario. North-Central Ontario’s ‘big water’ is where he spends most of his time, from his home waters of Georgian Bay to The Great Lakes, Lake Nipissing and The French River. JP’s been a freelance fishing contributor for over fifteen years, and enjoys helping people to improve their fishing through his articles, speaking engagements and on-the-water instruction.

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