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11 February 2021
There’s so much diversity in the realm of fishing that you can even try doing it through holes cut in a frozen source of water (lake or river). And there is even a proper term used to refer to this type of fishing, and that’s Ice Fishing. The core basics of this 100 years old technique still remain the same, however the equipment gets upgraded with the introduction of new gadgets in the market. So, there are two methods to practice this technique:
As per the popular notion among ice fishermen, it’s best to look out for fish a few hours after sunrise. But when it’s an evening venture, they tend to prefer doing it two hours before and after sunset. The target prey often sought through this technique includes Trout, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Minnows, and Pike.
Ice fishing may seem like an easy job to first timers. But mind it, it’s not that effortless either. There are certain safety measure and strategies you must expect to follow. First and foremost, keep in mind how adequate clothing is as important as the gear itself. Unlike other fishing experiences, this one will keep you hooked for long on a thick sheet of ice. While you’re going to wear extra layers of clothing, don’t forget to give extra attention to your feet. As for the thickness of ice you should be standing on, don’t go for anything less than 4 inches (that too clear blue in color).
If you plan to carry an already kept fishing rod (either for jigging or simply to suspend your bait through), take the whole gear as it is with the addition of a drill, chair, water resistant mittens, a bucket (to keep your bait live without freezing), an ice auger and some ice scoops. The same goes for when opting to take tip-ups (work just as a mice catcher).
Fun Fact: Canadians, from among people from other countries involved in ice fishing, have been raked as number one with regards to their participation in ice fishing.
Wear neck warmers and an extra layer of clothing (than what you usually wear for ice fishing) on windy days.