Fall angling checklist: A preseason checkup for your ice fishing electronics
We invest a lot of money into our ice fishing equipment. Electronics usually top the list. With the proper care and attention we can expect many years of productive use from these valuable tools.
If the topic is ice fishing, then electronics are on the agenda. Electronic devices are the new norm when it comes to ice fishing – from sonar units, GPS, cameras, lights, augers, drills, and more. Batteries are the core of our electronics, so taking a proactive approach with them can save you money and headaches.
First, charge all the batteries in your electronic devices. If any batteries have lost a charge while being stored, then you probably should plan on replacing that battery in the near future. Don’t completely write it off (consider using it as a spare), but don’t expect the same run-time out of a battery that loses a charge even when not being used. Again, periodically check and charge your batteries to have them available for future use.
Also inspect all the connection points to make sure they are in proper working order so they don’t leave you stranded with faulty gear. Connections should be clean and tight. Corrosion on a battery terminal suggests a failing battery or just a poor connection. Lightly sand or scrape off any corrosion and clean with baking soda and vinegar to establish a positive connection. When storing, disconnect the battery from the electronic device to eliminate any stray draw.
Keep your electronics clean. Wipe screens with a water-vinegar mixture to remove any water spots, then dry before storing.
Now is the time to repair or replace any broken or faulty devices or parts. Ice season will be here soon, and legions of eager hard-water anglers will swamp service centers and technicians.
Take care of your electronics and they should give you years of trouble-free use.
Good luck fishing and stay safe!