When the winter is coming quickly with us, people living in the harsh cold regions of our country are ready for the season of ice fishing. This activity is a funny and charming sport and people doing it frequently are the experienced anglers. When you wear the several coats of dry and warm clothing, you enjoy this sport as a skillful angler who is ready to overcome the hateful environment with the snow and ice in the winter.
About ice fishing
Here are the basic steps for the ice fishing:
- First, look for a suitable place on the solid ice surface
- Second, make a hole to drop your bait within the line through
- Final, just wait until the fish bite your bait.
After reading through three points, you will consider it is easy to catch fish, but it’s harder than your thinking. Certainly, while waiting for fish biting, you must keep your body warm and safe. Moreover, you must work hard to catch the fish for the good performance. It’s not the ice fishing if you just wait and don’t harvest any fish.
How to make a hole
When you want to create a hole, you need to check the ice surface and your equipment. You must ensure the lake’s surface is entirely frozen over but also thick enough for the safe place withstanding your weight and equipment.
Then you should drill many holes before dropping the lines through. Because the fish can be frightened by your drill’s noise, you should drill all holes early, then when you drop the lines, fish can return in the quiet conditions. It’s better to make a hole far from shore at least 10 feet. Start by drilling multiple holes in one line and making many lines.
The set line
A common line for ice fishing is one set line rigged with one metal hook tighten at the end with one split shot applied from 6’’ to 18’’ to the line. When a minnow is hooked at the end, this line is dropped to proximate the bottom zone. Then you can connect the lower lines to the main line by using bear paws. These lines can help you fish easily at multiple levels with a line.
Passive or active fishing
Beginners can follow these two ways, passive or active.
- Passive: after setting lines, you can relax by waiting or doing other things such as cooking or chatting with other people until fish bite your line.
- Active: you can fish by jigging. That means you create a jerky as vertical motion moving your baits through the cold water horizontally.
How to catch the fish
It’s better that you hold the line by undressed hands since you can grab it tightly. If you see the fish very lively, just keep it in the water near the hole’s top. When it seems tired and you don’t have to use much effort to pull the line, you can get it and it’s certain yours.
These are some basic knowledge of the ice fishing. If you are interested in this sport, follow these tips and enjoy your journey. Remember to prepare all essential equipment, food and drink source for the safe and happy trip.