Thinking about the potential volume of salt water splash & freezing spray reels are subjected to on partyboats, on an off shore winter cod trip for example. On the long steam, especially if it’s sporty, they’re constantly getting splashed.
I know it’s enevidable that reels will get wet & messy, especailly while fishing w/ clams & if your catching well. Reels also take spray when steaming off to a new spot, especially when mates hose down the boat between drops (to get slippery messy clam snot & fish slime/blood off) w/ salt water & reels inevitably get wet.
One particularly cold Montauk cod trip I remember a buddy had two reels freeze up until they got thawed out in the cabin.
It’s very convienent to rig rods and put the one you’ll use in your rail spot ahead of time, i.e. before boat leaves when your warm & energised before you hit the bunk. That way in the morning or when you arrive at the grounds, coffee, skins, bait up, go to go.
Does anyone think it’s worth the time to wait till the captain throttles down to attach reels & rig up & remove them after the three toots? Does it help to put a bag or neoprene reel cover on while steaming?
Or..... is a futile waste of time to try to keep reels dry on a long offshore partyboat trip?
At the end of the day, who much does it really matter relative to the function and life of a saltwater boat reel (I’m talking star drag, non-level wind, conventional)?