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Ice Fishing

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    Ice Fishing





    Early Ice Fishing Tips

    It's never too early to get thinking about what you'll need to have on hand during this coming ice fishing season. Chances are you've stored all your gear away in some long forgotten place and now that the weather is starting to turn it's a good idea to think about where everything is and start planning your upcoming ice fishing trips. Whether you're a seasoned vet or new to the sport of ice fishing here are a few tips that should prove useful for any ice fisherman: Read More ...

    Get Organized

    Ice fishing requires a lot of gear, if you've stored your gear away for the year then now is a good time to pull it out and inspect it. That ice tent you used all last season might not be in the best shape anymore. Be sure to check your auger and make sure that it's still running fine. Nothing is worse than getting out on the ice and finding out that some of the gear you used last season isn't working. If you've spent the time to inspect your gear and make sure that everything is present and accounted for then you'll not only save yourself some time before you head out on your trip, but you'll make certain that you wont be stuck on the ice with broken or worn out gear.

    Know When Ice is Safe

    It should go without saying, but safety is very important when you're ice fishing. Ice can be unpredictable, so it's best that you know the body of water that you'll be fishing. Next, you'll want to know how thick the ice is and how much the ice can support at each thickness. In general, three inches will hold a person up, eight inches will carry a snowmobile, and you'll want a solid sixteen inches before you pull up in your pickup. Test the ice about every twenty feet to make sure that the ice hasn't thinned out. This early in the year ice is very inconsistent. These are just general guidelines and you'll want to factor in more information about your current conditions before you venture out on the ice. Finally, keep a close eye on the weather. If there is a warm weather front headed your way or any rain, then the ice you're on could erode quickly.

    Extra Precautions

    When you're heading out on the ice early it's always a good idea to take a few extra precautions before you leave. First, it's always a good idea to let someone know where you are going and how long you'll be away. This way, in case something bad does happen you'll know that someone will be able to send help. Next, leave the booze home. Alcohol is great fun, but when you're out on the ice it's generally a good idea to leave it home. Alcohol will impair your judgment, your mobility and will leave you more susceptible to the cold. Finally, be sure to layer up. You need to keep enough extra clothes on hand to keep you warm, ice fishing is a fairly sedentary activity so layering up will help you stay warm while you're waiting for a bite.



    Sportsman's Warehouse Ice Fishing Buyer's Guide

    Ice fishing gives fishermen an opportunity to keep their passion alive by fishing through the cold winter months. Many species of fish are very active and you can still enjoy a successful day of winter fishing when your favorite lake has frozen over. Get right on top of those fishing honey holes with the quality gear sold by Sportsman's Warehouse. Here is a list of what you will need to enjoy a day on the ice: Read More ...

    Rods:

    Ice fishing rods vary somewhat by technique and what kind of fish you are going after as well as the length of the rod. Sportsman's Warehouse carries ice fishing rods by Wright and McGill, Fenwick and Abu Garcia.

    Reels:

    A reel may come with a rod as a packaged set, or may be purchased individually. You can find quality ice fishing reels at Sportsman's Warehouse by Eagle Claw.

    Combos:

    An ice fishing combo consists of a rod and reel sold together. There are several advantages to buying a combo. One advantage is that when you buy an ice fishing combination rod and reel, you are ready to fish. A combo is a great way to get started in the world of ice fishing. Sportsman's Warehouse offers many quality combos by Celsius, Frabill and St Croix.

    Augers:

    Sportsman's Warehouse carries a variety of ice fishing augers to help you get through the ice. There are several types of augers ? hand augers, electric augers, and gas augers (also sometimes called power augers). Hand augers are lightweight and easy to pack along, electric and gas augers are both quicker to drill holes and easily store on a sled. Whichever style you need, you'll find it from quality manufacturers such as Eskimo, Strikemaster and ION.

    Ice Lures and Jigs:

    There are some lures and jigs designed specifically for ice fishing. Your best bet for ice fishing lures and jigs come from Lindy and Northland.

    Ice Fishing Tents:

    When you are on the ice for extended periods of time, it is extremely important to stay warm. Whether you're looking for flip-over shelters or pop-up shelters, Sportsman's Warehouse has a great selection for you to choose from. Check out our ice tents and ice shelters from these great manufacturers: Eskimo and Clam Outdoors.

    Accessories:

    While having a rod and reel, access to the water and shelter are all you technically need to ice fish, there are many ice fishing accessories that will make your time on the ice more comfortable and productive. Consider tackle organizers, skimmers and heaters by brand names such as Celsius and Mr. Heater.

    Electronics:

    Stop fishing where there are no fish. Technology has advanced in ice fishing just like everything else, so why not take advantage of it? You?ll find state-of-the-art ice fishing electronics such as flashers, fish finders and GPS units will help you locate fish and increase your level of success. Sportsman?s Warehouse carries quality electronics by Humminbird and Vexilar.

    Clothing:

    When is ice fishing not fun? When you are freezing your tail off! Sportsman's Warehouse has a great selection of outerwear that will keep you warm and happy on the ice. Whether you're looking for a complete ice suit, thermal clothing, gloves, insulated socks or thermal underwear, we have you covered with quality apparel from Clam, Frabill and Carhartt.

    Footwear:

    Since you'll be standing on ice, keeping your feet warm is a priority. Insulated boots or pac boots, along with a good pair of insulated socks are a must. If you are fishing in slushy conditions, waterproof boots, such as lined pac boots or rubber boots are also a good bet to keep your feet from getting wet. Sportsman's Warehouse has a wide selection of socks and footwear appropriate for ice fishing from makers including Baffin and Kamik.