There’s nothing like the experience of ice fishing. There are few outdoor activities that compare to it. That feeling when you’re out there on the frozen expanse of the ice. The peace that can only come from the stillness of nature. The knowledge that right there, under your very feet, is the quarry you’ve come all this way to catch.
If you’ve never been ice fishing before, you might be forgiven for thinking that it couldn’t be that different from pitching up at your nearest river with a hiking fishing rod, some bait and a warm coat, but there are a few pieces of kit that you’ll need before you get started. Let’s break them down…
Quality Gear To Keep You Warm
You might be thinking that this first point sounds a little obvious, maybe even condescending, but there’s a big difference between knowing that fishing on the ice will be a bit frosty and experiencing the cold that comes with sitting for long periods of time in an exposed area that’s icy enough for ice fishing. So, you’re going to need a coat that’s good enough to keep you warm when you’re staying perfectly still. The clothes you use for outdoor activities might be good enough for exercise but not when you’re just sitting by a hole in the ice. You will want to consider investing in an insulated shelter, and a small propane heater just in case.
The Right Ice Fishing Lines, Rods And Hooks
If you’re thinking about taking the same rod you use for river or lake fishing, think again. While they might work well enough, if you want to make the most of your ice fishing trip, you’re going to want to invest in equipment that’s specifically designed for this purpose. Ice fishing rods are shorter than your standard ones, and they’re a lot more sensitive as the wobbles caused by nibbles have to travel through the ice. When it comes to ice fishing lures, you’ll mostly be looking at jigs and there are a lot to choose from. You’re going to want to find the right ice fishing flasher and jig, you can browse a wide range of custom jigs and more at Custom Jigs & Spins, a family run business that’s been handcrafting baits for more than 30 years.
A Good Auger
Well, you didn’t think you’d just show up on the ice and there would be a hole ready and waiting for you, did you? A good drill for ice auger will help you to drill down through the ice with minimal fuss and energy expenditure. You can find a gas or propane powered one, or there are plenty of excellent hand powered augers if you want the experience to be as old school as possible. Before you go out and start drilling, however, it’s vital that you do your research on the area and see what the regulations are regarding the size of the holes.
Bring A Buddy
While peace and quiet is what we all want during an ice fishing trip, there are plenty of safety issues surrounding the sport and the last thing you want is to be in trouble out there all by yourself. Advice may vary from state to state, but Michigan, for example, advises that you should never go ice fishing alone.