Yes! It’s winter season! I know all of the anglers don’t love winter when fishing for its cold breeze and it makes it hard for them to catch big targets. But, I would like you to know that winter is not a problem anymore if you have the appropriate equipment with you! There are many companies that are developing products to help you with fishing and make your time on the ice more enjoyable. The ice fishing equipment for winter is divided into several sections.
First, we will talk about the basic equipment you will need such as rods, reels, and tackle. Second, we will talk about sleds, heaters, and clothing. Last, of course, I’ll show you the modern electronics which include underwater cameras and flashers.
With all those equipment available for ice fishing, it will definitely enjoyable, worth it and fun experience during your ice fishing in winter.
Ice Fishing Rods
Fishing rods are very important even in ice fishing. It’s really important to choose a good and high-quality rod that is appropriate for the type of fishing you will be doing.
The fish bite lighter in the winter needs to have a sensitive and good rod. But since the rod we are going to use in our ice fishing is shorter than summer rod, the durability and strength are important.
Ice Fishing Reels
When ice fishing, the most common type of reels used by the anglers and fishermen is open-faced spinning reel. Baitcasting reels are rarely used for large fish that are being pulled from the deep. Closed face spin-casting reels are also sometimes used for panfish. But good fishing equipment is necessary.
In order to fish well, match the size of the reel to your rod and light while retaining functionality. The drag is the most important part of a reel that allows you to set the amount of pressure that is needed to automatically release line. Let me tell you about this, The front drag reel is frequently better than a rear drag system.
Ice Fishing Line
The line that you use during fishing in summer is really different from the line you spool on your reels for winter fishing. Ice fishing is somehow difficult that ordinary fishing because the line is specially designed to stay strong, supple and keep from freezing in a cold weather.
One of the most popular fishing lines is the mono filament line. There are different types of mono filament lines available on the market so there are many options to choose from. Make sure that the line doesn’t tangle and can be easily seen on the snow.
They are often used as a second line for many anglers and fishermen. They have lots of advantages that you will really love. Tip-ups can be left alone since a bright flag will let you know if there is a fish on. They are really simple to set up. They are effective for catching fish and there is always a model to fit any need.
An auger is really important in ice fishing for it drill holes in the ice easily. There are basically two types of augers- the hand augers and gas augers.
Hand Augers are a great option of an angler who doesn’t fish frequently or don’t have anything to drill through a very thick ice. Hand augers are commonly used by pan fishermen who need to make a six-inch diameter hole.
Gas Augers become a staple for avid ice anglers. They have the ability to cut through thick ice like a great and hot knife which allows you to drill many holes quickly. They have 6 to 10 inches diameter blades but 8 to 10 inches are the most common.
A god heater can really warm us enough while enjoying ice fishing. Choose the right heater according to your needs.
Sleds allow you to transport your gear on the ice. You can use plastic or wood sled that can make the job of ensuring your stuff organized and moving it around like a simple task.
Clothing is another important fishing equipment. Staying warm on the ice is really important. A great jacket, gloves or mittens, hat, socks, and boots are really essential. Make sure to have a layer in your clothes when it is getting colder. Staying warm and comfortable will make you more excited in ice fishing.
Now electronics have become more powerful nowadays, right? Electronics help fishermen to catch more fish in the area. One of the most effective electronics is the flasher. A flasher becomes your eyes beneath the ice. You can see the structure, bait and the fish you are targeting on.
It is really recommended for an angler to have a flasher to make it easy for them to catch their targets.
Underwater cameras are a great learning tool for an angler. This piece is fancy equipment that allows you to see everything going on below the ice. You can also see the fish’s reaction to your bait and expect to have more catches using this underwater camera.
This is another kind of electronic that may be valuable to any outdoorsman. They have the ability to mark the exact location or place where you are catching fish. It makes it easier for you to locate them next time you’re out.
If you do not want to use the GPS unit, you can also use another option which is mapping software. They are also essential for they will also give you the right path and location when you do ice fishing. It will also help you locate structure and find some fish.
Accessories like clips, cleats, bucket, skimmer, ice pick, seats, and flashlights are also important for ice fishing. Make sure to not miss even a single of them to make your ice fishing memorable and enjoying.
I know you are all excited to fish, right? It is very exciting and challenging for all anglers and fishermen out there. However, ice fishing is not all about catching fish. It’s about enjoying it with friends and family. Happy ice fishing!