Gearing Up for the Detroit River: Handlining Tip

Handlining a river system is a learned skill, but it can be done with a small amount of practice to get the basics down pat. Handlining without a reel, that makes things a little more difficult.

A&S Reel mounted on a Traxstech Universal Mount


One way to make sure your reel stays secure, hardwire the reel to the mount. With a short piece of coated wire, and two crimps and a few tools, you gurantee, no matter what, your reels stay with the mount. In this case, using an Universal Mount for my Traxtech system and A&S handline reels.

Now, for example’s sake, you are out fishing and your partner on the opposite side of the boat has got a monster on the line. What do you do? He or she needs help, it is the fish that just might cash a check! One idea is to feed your reel enough line to clear your weight from getting snagged and the wrap it around something while you help out.  Works great, but you run the risk if kinking your main line.

Traxtech Planner Board Caddy with Church Tackle Lock Jaw Clip


Even while handlining, I will leave my Planer Board Caddy’s from Traxtech mounted on the boat. One reason is that having all my tools and fish towels right at hand is, well handy and accessable. The second, because I use a loop made with a zip tie, where attached is a Lock Jaw Clip from Church Tackle. Now jump back to the previously mentioned scenario. This time you feed your wire  into the reel, clear the obstructions below, and clamp the wire down with the clip, and help your partner catch that fisk!

Copyright, 2018

About Mason

Born off the Detroit River, raised in Ida and on Lake Erie. Anything fishing holds my interest from Walleye, Pike and Muskie to a 10 year run on the Ice Fishing Circuits around the MidWest.
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