|Careful planning and preparation is all it takes to make ice
fishing the greatest time of your life or the worst. Easy? Take
a look at the following tips and see how prepared you are to
catch those fish!
Make a list of the supplies you used last season and replenish
them early. Make sure you get all those Glo-Buster Bluelights or
Lindy Tazers. All you need to remember is four words: wise up,
Check the hole on the ice floor
Simply put, make sure the hole is clean. Chips or chunks of ice
could cause entanglements in one's fishing line and could make
you catch fish or literally break your chances of getting any,
as these could sever the line therefore losing your chance of
getting that trophy of a lifetime bluegill. Remember to keep the
hole clear of any barrier.
Fish more, get the big four
The bait you simply cannot go on without: wax worms, minnows,
assorted PowerBait, maggots. It is best to keep these bait
separated and as much as possible alive using coolers such as a
Clean `em all up
Inspect and clean the rods and fishing reels you are going to
use. Q-tips are best for taking out the nicks in every nook and
cranny of your ice rod. Non-freezing oil for lubing fishing
reels is advisable.
Do not forget to bring those heaters and pounds and pounds of
propane cylinders. One cannot fish comfortably if he or she is
as cold as the fish under the ice. Ice fishing should be fun and
feel comfy too.
The ice is harsh and cold but it doesn't mean you have to feel
that too. Ice tents should be cleaned out as well by putting
over a light coat of lubricant at the joints. If there is any
wear or tear, it is best to contact the manufacturer in order
for them to send out the appropriate repair kit, as deemed
Better be safe than sorry, make sure you get a set of lifeguard
spikes as well as a safety rope. Also, to feel less of the cold
and at the same time be cool, pick up a fishing coat from the
Carhartt Extremes Arctic Jacket. Avoid frost bits on your toes
and feet, the best shoes are the Irish Setters Versa Trax to
keep you warm all over.
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