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Baitcasting In Winter

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How do you do it? Its like mid 40's outside and the water is even colder. My hand gets so cold from the spool going through it and water splashing all over my hand. I always use spinning in winter but have seen people using casting reels and wonder how there hand or for that matter thumb is not completely frozen.

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I bought a pair of Under Armour gloves which are water and wind proof but thin enough I can still cast my baitcasters.

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A well tuned reel and plenty of practice with a baitcaster goes a long way.

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I would just be glad that you still can fish. Water is still frozen here. Last time I got to fish 40 degree waster was in November.

A well tuned reel and plenty of practice with a baitcaster goes a long way.

How does that have to do with anything? LOL

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Fingerless gloves. I've got a few pairs of cheap White River gloves from BPS. They're like $5 a pair and I keep them with me so if one pair starts to get saturated with water I can change to a dry pair. Chemical warmer packets like Hothands go a long ways too. Keep a couple in the pockets of your jacket and put your hands in your pockets for a couple minutes once in awhile to warm them back up. I fish year round thanks to powerplant lakes and fish in air temps in the teens at times. It gets almost painful at times but it's worth it for the shot to hook a good fish.

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How does that have to do with anything? LOL

You won't need to be as precise with your hands so you can wear gloves to stay warm and if you decide not to wear them, it's less likely you'll have problems when you lose feeling in your hands.

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fingerless gloves x2 (get the wool ones with dots on them

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You won't need to be as precise with your hands so you can wear gloves to stay warm and if you decide not to wear them, it's less likely you'll have problems when you lose feeling in your hands.

Any baitcaster is going to make you use your hands.

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Any baitcaster is going to make you use your hands.

LOL yes I understand that. I meant you don't have to be as precise with your hands when you have your reel tuned really well and when your used to how the reel is going to act. That allows you to either a) wear gloves or B) be a tough guy and not have to worry about terrible backlashes when your fingers stop working.

You act as if my vague posts weren't self explanatory :P

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I don't play with my baitcasters in the winter either.....even in the early,early spring. I tried one year and I back lashed horribly because I couldn't get my thumb to work right. I don't break mine out till Late April or early May when the weather is a little warmer. One thing I hate about the North...it gets too dang cold up here...LOL

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x2 on the fingerless gloves. There are also some with fingers but allow the fingers to flipped on or off as you need.

You can also bring those small, packaged hand warmers. They're cheap but effective.

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