The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was an outstanding place to bring Reel Cool Fishing Bottles as we needed to travel light to get the most out of our experience. I just returned from an adventure with 25 of my favorite BSA Venture Crew members and leaders to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota. Big Bone Outdoors, LLC sponsored this trip and gave every adventurer an opportunity to take a fishing bottle along, and I am happy to report much success. Northern Pike, Walleye, and Smallmouth Bass were all caught on fishing bottles. While not everyone chose to use the bottles, we all had a good time. I am also happy to report that not a single bottle was declared a casualty, while there were two expensive fishing rods broken on one of the many portages our group encountered. I also learned that when deep trolling for large Lake Trout and/or Northerns in these waters, one should always secure the bottle to one's person while fishing. I found the best method of accomplishing this for me was to use an “S-Clip” and attach it to my laced shoe, then attach it to the lanyard of the bottle. Then I could secure the bottle between my feet with the cap toward me while trolling troll across the lake. When a large fish takes your bait the bottle will pop up releasing line and allowing for drag while you slow the boat and disconnect the bottle from your shoe thus allowing you an opportunity to “reel” the fish in. Hand-lining Northern Pike from a canoe is not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
P.S. I also learned that if you use braided line and hook up with a large fish you should not use fingerless gloves! Ouch!
Staying Reel Cool,