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Things you need for a perfect ice fishing trip

01 April, 2018

In the past twenty years or so, the ice fishing equipment has evolved a lot.

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The sport is rather popular in locations like Finland and some parts of the United States, and Minnesota is one of the best-known states where competitions are held regularly.

If you've ever wanted to travel to one of these locations and try your luck at ice fishing, we've put together a list of tips and tricks you might want to consider. On top of that, you'll need the gear that we will mention below.

The rod and reel 

Rods for ice fishing are a bit different compared to those used for freshwater and saltwater angling. Why's that? First off, they are a bit more sensitive than the typical rugged pole, and they have to be made of quality components. An ice fishing rod is also a tad shorter compared to that which you might want to use in the summer.

As for the reel, you can use pretty much any of the kinds that are currently available for other kinds of fishing, too. They are spincasting, spinning, and baitcasting reels, and we suggest you choose wisely and based on your expertise and skills. For example, many people say that baitcasting reels are unsuitable for beginners because they are harder to use.

 The line

The line you normally use for fishing in the warm season is entirely inadequate for fishing in winter. The ice fishing line has to be supple, and it needs to be capable of putting up with the abuse of the cold. On top of that, it doesn't have to stretch and potentially break.

Since one of the techniques used by ice fishers is jiggling, you need to know for sure that the line you choose is fit for this kind of move. If you have the time and availability, we suggest you go online and look for some fishing forums to see what other anglers are saying about this topic. 


You can't fish through ice unless you've drilled a hole through it, right? That's what augers are used for. There are two types of choices you can opt for if you're in the market for a new one. Hand augers are great for those people who do not go ice fishing often. They are good if you want to drill a six-inch diameter home. But they are somewhat inconvenient if you don't want to invest a lot of energy in drilling a hole, aside from battling with a fish. 

Gas augers are designed for folks who engage in ice fishing every week or even several times per week. They can cut through thick eyes like a knife through butter, and you can also use such an implement for making several holes instead of just one.

Heaters, tents, and everything else you might need for your comfort

If you're lucky enough to have an ice fishing shelter, tent, or house, you'll also need a heater. Don't get the most powerful one you can afford, because you don't have to melt all the ice, right? 

As for other things that might increase your comfort, you should always have some hot tea available. Don't leave the house without being properly dressed for the purpose.

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