Tip-up Help

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cpt.morgan
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Tip-up Help

How do you guys keep your tip-up line from unwinding when you are traveling.  Everytime I store them in a bucket they get tangled up.  I have never found a method besides tape around the spool to keep them from unwinding.  Any ideas?  Thanks

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cpt. morgan-  I use pvc tubes in my bucket.  Go buy a 5" diameter pvc pipe i believe it was and cut four of  them to length to fit in your bucket one for each tip up and your set.  No more tangled lines! 

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Honkers_N_Walleyes Said:
cpt. morgan-  I use pvc tubes in my bucket.  Go buy a 5" diameter pvc pipe i believe it was and cut four of  them to length to fit in your bucket one for each tip up and your set.  No more tangled lines! 

Thats a good idea! My aunt made these individual bags to put em in, they work pretty good but the hooks always get caught on the fabric.

Also I use rubber bands around the tip up reel to keep the hook and line secure.

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All you need is some of those velcro strips that you can put around the spools.  I forget where I got them, but they had a small patch of the hook part on the end and the rest of the strip had the fiber part.  When I was using tip-ups alot, I had bags of these and they work great without nicking mono or gumming up line with adhesives.  If you loose one it's no big deal.  Good luck!

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I have good luck just putting the end of the wire the flag is on through the hole in the spool. When the kids forget to wind them tight before putting them away is usually the only time I have issues. I usually take the hooks off now before storing to prevent little fingers from getting caught when "helping".

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StevePike Said:
I have good luck just putting the end of the wire the flag is on through the hole in the spool. When the kids forget to wind them tight before putting them away is usually the only time I have issues. I usually take the hooks off now before storing to prevent little fingers from getting caught when "helping".

This is also the method I have found to work the best and easiest. 
Nothing to keep track of and fast at take down and set up.

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 i but a heavy heavy duty swivel/latch on the end of my tip ups and one on the end of my wire leader and keep all the leaders and hooks in a seperate tackle box and when it comes time to fish just hook them up and unhook when done. also put a rubber band around spool to keep from getting unwound

 

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I use a heavy duty rubber band. I slide it over the flag and just leave it on the tip up all the time. Works good to wrap the rubberband around the flag when it's windy too. Helps minumize the ghost bites.

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cpt.morgan Said:
How do you guys keep your tip-up line from unwinding when you are traveling.  Everytime I store them in a bucket they get tangled up.  I have never found a method besides tape around the spool to keep them from unwinding.  Any ideas?  Thanks

I use a "rocket launcher" to store my Polar tip ups.  I made it with a milk crate and 4" PVC thin-walled sewer pipe. 

I wrap the leaders around the frame and flag of the Polar, and put the hook either on the flag or to my barrel swivel.  Its easy to adjust for leader length because the flag makes an angle as it tucks back into the frame for storage.  Its wider on the spool end and narrower on the flag end, move your wraps up or down to secure the hook.

Jim Carroll  NPAA #13

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I use velcro strips.

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 I keep my six tip-ups in a Rubbermaid tub (shallow) and use rubberbands that I get from newspapers, wrapped envelopes in my mailbox from the Postal Service, etc. and keep the rubberband on the tip-up at all times.

Place the rubberband over the top of the flag and it will sit down near the spring.  When it's time to go home, and I wind up the line, I bring the spool up to the back (folding it closed) and then close the flag and tuck under the other end of the frame opening.   The rubberband is now enclosed around the spring and I just pull it down and around the spool.  

Anytime a rubberband breaks I have dozens more rubberbands to choose from.

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I took a piece of cork and gorilla glued it to the bottom of my spool on my tip-up. So when I am done, I just reel it up and stick the hook in the cork and it stays there.

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i put coarkboard on the end on my woodtipups and wrap line around and set hook into coarkboard might also work on the plastic but wood have to use stovebolts to secure