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Ice Fishing Basics

By Steve Holt

Ice safety is generally well worth bringing up in virtually any dialogue of ice fishing. Although this is common knowledge for knowledgeable fisherman it bears saying for anybody heading out on the ice. The common four inches thick of ice to be safe to support an individual's bodyweight is an excellent general guideline to go by whenever on the ice. Several people say at least six inches to be completely safe, but 4 inches is actually all that is required. The following suggestions are being listed in no distinct sequence. Several of these tips will apply to you and several won't, make use of the ones which work your own type of ice fishing.

There are many different approaches for ice fishing. The initial is where you get an auger and cut an ice hole, set up your gear, and sit a spell, ready to catch some fish. This can be done with or without a hut. You can also use holes made by others days before and merely cut ice that has produced after the last use. You are going to want to be able to split the narrow layer of ice that has formed before you can dip your hook. Some individuals making use of this approach choose to move on quickly in the event that they do not have bites.

Go ice fishing when you realize there will be a lot of activity. Checking the weather conditions and moon cycles is the true secret to figuring out when the best occasion to fish for trout on the ice. When fishing on the ice the warmer portions of the afternoon tend to be much more productive than the colder parts of the day.

Another tip for ice fishing is to decrease the size of the offerings. While angling on the ice you want to utilize baits and fishing hooks which are smaller sized. The live bait can include minnows or worms or larvae (that are obtainable most everywhere). Using live bait on the barbs of the hook is always a excellent idea.

Jigs topped with bait tend to be successful, using possibly traditional twister tails or marabou, topped with worms or red wrigglers can be really successful when ice fishing. Its important to not supply a lot of motion to your lure. As a point in fact moving the pole every couple minutes will work. Fish are extremely sluggish under the ice and lots of movement can "spook" the fish.

For new people fishing the greatest place to begin is to go where the crowds or folks prior to going out on your own. This will let you to make friends and have fun while you learn the basics. No one minds if a few more holes are cut and some more fish taken. Many will even be happy to share guidelines and what varieties of lures and equipment they make use of with new anglers. The only exceptions could be if you're in a private pond or if a tournament is going on.

If the pond you are angling on includes farmed fish, tossed bait can be extremely successful for ice fishing. Using a spoon with a tiny chunk of fish on the hook is a good start, you should furthermore drop small pieces of bait in to the hole as you fish. You can set this on both a fishing rod or a tip up .

Small spoons can be really effective when angling on the ice for fish. The motion you use when fishing with spoons should be held to a nominal amount. Little spoons can also be tipped with worms or larvae for more fish action.

A basic pole is all you'll need if you are new to ice fishing. The rod is seldom more than a fiberglass rod roughly two feet long with a couple of line guides and a little fishing reel. The line may be between two to 5 lb test . Floats are a helpful thing for ice fishing so keep several in your tackle box. You will also require a variety of lures, hooks, sinkers, clasps and some other fundamental fishing gear. Also a chisel, ice spud or drill for your ice holes. Get any live bait you plan to utilize on the trip to your fishing place.

Attempt these ideas on your up coming ice fishing journey. They have helped me and I've discovered them over time from some fantastic fishermen.