Beginner’s Guide to Ice Fishing

When i first began ice fishing, i had friends who were experienced and taught me everything i know. Now i realize that not everyone is going to have that opportunity, so i decided to write this tutorial to clear up most important things about ice fishing. These tips will help you choose the right equipment, the right time to go ice fishing and generally enjoy your time there.

  One of my favorite things about this sport is that you don’t need much to get started, but if you are interested and have enough money, possibilities for upgrading your gear are endless. All of these tools and clothing improve your ice fishing experience, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy this hobby without expensive gear.

 If you live in a country where fishing license is necessary to go ice fishing, apply for one. Once you have it, it’s time to collect the proper gear. First, and most important piece of equipment you’ll need, is the fishing rod(including reels and jigs and other accessories), of course. Rods are what you use to actually catch the fish, so it should be no brainer that they are necessary.

If you’re a beginner, i recommend getting simple rod and reel combo. They get the job done 99.9% of the time, can be found everywhere, and are quite inexpensive. You’ll also need fishing line, jigs and other minor accessories to the rod. I recommend getting 8 pound fishing line, which is, again, most common line that people use. It will be more than enough for most species. In the beginning, you shouldn’t really expect to catch very large fish, no matter how strong your equipment is. It takes more skill. If you do get to that level of expertise, you can always upgrade your gear.

Another piece of equipment that is super useful and you can’t do without, is the auger. There are two types of ice fishing augers – manual and automatic. Manual, or hand augers as they are more commonly known, need to be operated manually. They have spiral-like sharp blade and a handle, which you’ll be using to rotate it to make a hole in the lake. The process is not very physically demanding, but it’s physically demanding enough to inspire people to invent another version that does all of this itself. There are two types of automated ice fishing augers, which differ by fuel they use. One is powered by gas, and the other – by batteries. Both versions have their own advantages and drawbacks, but discussing all of it will be too much for this article.  To find out more about ice fishing augers, manual as well as automatic, check out this guide. I will leave that to you. Most people are fine with inexpensive hand augers, because average ice fishing enthusiast doesn’t make lots of holes. If you are the kind of person who does like to make holes quickly and does it a lot, then hand auger might not be such a good option. You might want to consider motorized gas powered augers. Auger’s width is also quite important. Most commonly, auger blades are about 6 inches wide, which is fine for 95% of people. Some people like to have wider blades, because they are trying to catch larger fish that might not fit small hole.

Auger, rod and accessories is the very basic setup that you’ll need. But if you’re looking for more things that are very handy, that would have to be clothing – boots, bibs, gloves. It should be obvious why clothing is so important in this field. Sure, you can get away with wearing just regular warm and waterproof clothes that you already own, but still, they are no match for clothing that is made specifically with ice fishing in mind. I would especially recommend getting yourself waterproof, sturdy ice fishing boots. Bibs are also good because they keep the moisture out. You can use most gloves while on ice fishing trip, it just has to be warm enough.

There are shelters, flashers and many more things that you CAN have, but aren’t essential. In my opinion, most important thing to bring on the lake is the right attitude, good friends and some food to snack on while having a blast.

Fishing rods 101 – Everything you need to know

Being an apprentice at anything can be troublesome, and angling is the same. You must find out about fish species, angle propensities, controls, and apparatus just to give some examples things. To diminish the expectation to learn and adapt, it’s best to adopt an immediate strategy and find out around one sort of fish. There are such huge numbers of various sorts of fish, with outfit customized to their propensities, that attempting to learn everything on the double is simply excessively. Not exclusively will distinguishing a particular fish enable you to figure out how to get that fish, yet it will enable you to choose your apparatus too. Picking an angling pole bar is one such decision made less demanding in light of an objective fish.

Likely one of the principal decisions you’ll need to make is the measure of activity your bar will have. Activity alludes to the measure of curve the bar has. Most providers will have ultra light, medium, medium substantial, and overwhelming activity bars. The activity you will pick relies upon the fish you need to target.

In spite of the fact that there are no enduring tenets for blending bars to angle, most people concede to a couple of speculations. Skillet angle, because of their little size are best gotten on ultra light poles. This not just makes the bar more touchy keeping in mind the end goal to see the chomp, yet additionally makes battling the little fish more pleasant. In the event that you choose to seek after medium size fish, for example, bass or walleye, you’ll need to anchor a medium to medium substantial activity bar. For bigger fish like salmon, some sea fish, and catfish you will probably need a bar that is medium substantial to overwhelming. These poles will be sufficiently strong to confront the beating they will take while pulling in these huge fish.

Another decision you’ll need to make when purchasing a bar is settling on the length you’ll need. Once more, this decision will to a great extent be directed by the kind of fish you’ll be focusing on, yet will likewise consider the territory you are angling. Longer bars, longer than around 8 feet, have a few favorable circumstances. First off, you can cast a long bar further and less demanding than you can cast a short bar. Besides, they are for the most part more responsive than shorter poles. Consider the activity of the bar, in addition to the length, cooperating in this division. Long poles are best to angle open shorelines, lakes, when heaps of throwing will be included.

There are cases when a shorter pole proves to be useful however. In the event that you plan on angling in the forested areas, or angling banks where trees nearly swarm the waterline, a short bar will be less demanding to deal with. Additionally, on the off chance that you won’t cast a colossal sum, you won’t profit by a more drawn out bar. In the event that you aren’t exactly certain, running with a 7-8 foot bar in a pleasant normal size.

By understanding the fish species you need to target, and the environment that fish lives in, you can choose what pole length is best for you.