by Craig Thornburrow –
For people that love to fish winter does not get in the way. In fact many fishing enthusiast can hardly wait for the water to freezer over so they can start ice fishing, so make sure that you are properly prepared so it is an enjoyable time.
Ice fishing might turn out to be an extremely enjoyable activity for you if you are one of those who love the frozen lake and a tiny gap in the ice through which to peer into the deep blue. For most people who enjoy fishing, the onset of the cold wave basically means that they have to hang up their fishing hooks. But this is not the case if you are an ice fishing enthusiast. The following are some practical tips to help you out in the pursuit of this amazing activity.
As an individual, I always find this kind of fishing to be a sort of consolation prize if you are unable to fish under normal circumstances. Besides, it can also provide you ample time and opportunity to down a few drinks on your own. However, I have done quite a bit of ice fishing during my lifetime and the few useful tips that I have collected might come in handy for you too. –
Be prepared –Because there is ice involved, the temperature is obviously going to be pretty low. Please make sure that you are well protected against the cold. Remember the important rule of never getting your limbs cold. Because these are the primary things you need in this activity, if your limbs start freezing over, it will become progressively harder for you to fish on the ice. Put on more than one pair of mittens and socks at a time to give you extra insulation from the freezing cold.
In fact, here you might find it useful to purchase and use some glove liners. This basically provides double protection for your fingers. And during the fishing expedition, if you need to take off your actual gloves for some tricky maneuvering with the hook, the glove liners will still keep your fingers warm.
Time it properly–Fishing on the ice requires a lot of patience. This is especially true when it is freezing cold. So, it would be more useful if you could time your trips according to the activities of the fish. Fish movements are greatly determined by the lunar cycle and the climactic pattern of a certain place. if you want to be certain that the time you fish is going to be the most active time for the fish, do study and plan according to the moon and the weather.
Proper baits–If you really want to take ice fishing seriously, then using gang hooks is a great idea. These are basically small hooks which are tied up together and display the bait as naturally as possible. In fact, for people who like synthetic baits, pre-tied gang hooks are the best bet. These actually provide twice as much bait as an ordinary hook provides, which normally attracts more and more fish towards your bait and hook. A tiny barrel swivel of either size 10 or 12 connects it to your line. The best thing about the swivel is that it almost vanishes underwater and thus appears as natural as possible.
Basically with the right timing and the right hooks, it is not at all difficult to be a pro at ice fishing. So use the aforementioned tips and you should have a fun and fulfilling ice fishing adventure.
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