You are a fishing enthusiast with clear water and you’re in a bad mood all winter, because you can’t practice your passion? You see other fishermen take advantage of winter to get out the fishing gear and you would like to start also, but you aren’t sure where to start, what to buy, etc. Here is an article that should guide you to start to fish in the winter! The winter season 2015-2016 is my third season so my beginnings are not too far away which will allow me to provide you with several tips and information to get you started. I still have a lot to learn and this is what makes me love this sport. Naturally, the information that I write in this article reflects my opinion and my approach to this type of fishing, you evolve according to your experience, your tastes and your interest (which will be growing) in the face of ice fishing. In addition, my usual fishing area is the Lake St-Pierre so sure that fishing on a small lake will be different. For your first release, I recommend you to go to a provider where you can rent all the equipment and even a cabin in order to see if you like it, if this is the case and you are returned to the next step and want to equip you to low-cost as well as the basics of this practice, this article is for you…
First of all, security! As the years go by and more they resemble each other. Autumn comes late, the winter also makes sure ice does not thicken quickly and often, due to the temperature that changes continually (1 day + 6, overnight at-10), it is not quality. To assess the strength of it, you have to remember that the more solid ice is usually blue. Ice with a medium strength is usually white and the ice to avoid is rather gray. Pay attention to the dark ice, because sometimes, it represents a hot hole or a source and it is not solid. Progress always with caution on the water…
Of course, in addition to the quality of the ice, you should check its thickness. Take the time to advise people on site or to the Manager of the outfitter if there are areas to avoid and what is the average thickness of the ice. Later, if you decide to venture, it is very important to measure the thickness of the ice when traveling out of the areas marked in order to avoid bad surprises. You can simply drill a hole from time to time to validate that it is safe.
|7 cm (3 in.) or less||Be patient, the ice is still not thick enough.|
|10 cm (4 in.)||Walk only ice fishing|
|12 cm (5 in)||A snowmobile or an ATV|
|20 to 30cm (8-12 in)||A car or small truck|
|30 to 38cm (12-15 in)||A medium truck (truck or van)|
Now, what do you need as a material to start fishing and have fun? It goes without saying that being well-dressed is the basis for not to hate this activity. For my part, I did my first outings without shelter, without heating with a manual drill and tip-ups inexpensive rocking, because I didn’t want too pay before be sure to like it. After one or two successful exits, it was over, I was now a big fan of winter fishing. Therefore, I made the purchase of a fishing tent (several good products on the market, personally I bought the Rapala Fat Shack). I love my shed, but if I can afford a Council, the size of the windows is paramount. Try to take a model that offers good visibility. Subsequently, you can buy a small heater to propane and your tent will always be warm, which is very nice when it’s-30 out! I also bought a small ice fishing rod in order to fish in the shelter when there is no action on tip-ups them. The purchase of a small cooler to transport the carried out alive and that they do not freeze is necessary (we are in an area where fishing to the led is allowed). You will also need a Chair for long days! To carry all this beautiful material, you will need a sled with elastics to secure your hardware to the sled and be able to make a good walk without having to stop to replace what falls.
With time and experience, you will probably evolve your material… you’ll change your drill manual for a model to gas, propane or electricity. I did purchase the Pro 4 Stealth Jiffy propane and I love it. In addition to having a blade system that requires no sharpening, it is odorless or almost, and there is no risk of gas leak in the vehicle during transport. You will also want to change your tip-ups rocking for more advanced models. I tested several models and my favorite is definitely the sentry model. It is very easy and quick to install, the fish doesn’t feel no resistance when taking your led, allowing you to catch a lot more fish. Several fishermen like the brimbale submersible reel, but I didn’t good experiences with this model, maybe I didn’t however quality designs!
If you like better fishing rod, you can use the majority of the sonar in the summer on the ice using a probe of winter. Check with the manufacturer of your device, because sometimes, the probe was made the case (like my Garmin Echo 500 c). If you have money to invest, you can purchase a “Flasher” for ice fishing. This tool will allow you to better locate the fish and improve your results. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend model for now, because I did not yet experimenting with this equipment. There are several models and different brands on the market (Vexilar, Hummingbird, Marcum Technologies, Lowrance etc…). I hope to have the chance to try this material in the coming years! This purchase is more expensive, so it will be for big budget to advanced anglers or the fishermen!
For mounting of your tip-ups, despite the fact that several fishermen recommend the braided wire or the black wire to ice fishing, I don’t really not loved them! All my tip-ups were mounted with the black wire at the outset, that I changed to braided wire, I withdrew in favor of monofilament 10 lb. The black wire freezes a lot unlike the mono. For editing, your weight will vary depending on the current, depth, etc. On my side, I installed a 3/8 oz at the bottom of the line weight. I installed a low line fluorocarbon (3 inches) with a small hook number 6, at approximately 4 inches above my weight. It is certain that the Assembly can change depending on the target species. Here is an example of traditional editing (for my part, I haven’t added any advance metal, but if you aim the Pike, it’s a great idea to add):
Finally, the prospecting. Just like summer, you must identify areas the species you want to take. Naturally, ice fishing, prospecting begins long before your arrival on the water. If you are fishing a large lake or the river St. Lawrence like me, purchasing the application Navionics is more than necessary in order to have the bathymetric maps of your area. In addition to give you more information about the depths, you can also see the types of background. You can add marks on your cards in order to know where you are when you get to the water, which will accelerate a lot your prospecting and spend more time fishing! The application is available on tablet or smart phone at a cost of about $ 15. You must have GPS to serve you adequately. If you ever decide to use it on a Tablet, check your device specifications to be sure that there is the GPS chip because they are not all models that have it. In this case, you would have to buy a Bluetooth GPS module that costs a little over $ 100.
The day J arrived, you have all of your material, you’ve done your homework and you have added several brands on your cards to the places of choice. How do you set tip-ups them? How do you hang them conducted?
For the position of tip-ups, there are several schools of thought… There are some that positions them in ‘tomato plants’ glued to each other or to oppose it, will space out them 15-20-30 feet in order to cover as much territory as possible. In my view, both approaches are good, they depend on the fisheries sector you frequent and especially of your knowledge of the location of the fish during your visit. During our trips, we aim structures, droopy vouchers or shoals. The ideal is to place the tip-ups at all depths are in falling or if fishing a shoal of fish on and around the depths, to determine where the fish is this day there! We will move tip-ups them more paid depths throughout the day!
The hanging of the led can be done in several different ways. For me, the best method (which activates the led in addition to keep it alive very long) is to hang it from the back, just to the rear of the dorsal fin. It is very important not to prick your led too low, otherwise he will die almost instantly. Others will suggest to sting him by the mouth, the nostrils, the top of the head, etc. from my side, these techniques were not as effective as the back.
To conclude, ice fishing is an innate passion for some or that develops for others. Over time, we are improving our approaches, we are refining our hardware, our fixtures, our exploration and you get results that are constantly improving. Be always careful because an accident happened so fast! Looking forward to you cross ON ice, Fish On!
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