Before anyone goes crazy on me and says there is still plenty of open water and they are not ready to put their boats away…I get it. Unfortunately it is the ice fishing show season and time on the weekends for pulling boards has come to an end, for me. The rest of you lucky dogs, keep it going as long as you can!
While putting the trolling rods away, one must thing to do is to back off the drag on your reels. It prevents your reel’s drag from being compressed and will lead to them being replaced somewhere down the road. Take that concept to your planer boards and do this one small step of maintenance to increase your board’s effectiveness for a long time.
There is a spring on the back of your board which sets the tension for the Double Action Flag System on your favorite Church Tackle board. Consequently it is actually called a Tension Spring, and to ensure the effectiveness of the system, back the tension off, just like you do with your reels. As you can see in the picture above, I have positioned the adjustment arm in what would like the 9 o’clock position on a clock with this starboard running TX-22 board. If they were rigged for the port side, it would be the 3 o’clock position. This allows the spring to be in a resting position during the winter months and will allow you to be fully ready in the spring when the ice leaves the lakes.