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Ice Fishing – Tips on Line, Rods and Reels

Always use the lightest pound test line you can get away with – or at least use a lighter leader line. For perch and pan fish, 4 pound line (or leader line) is a great choice – 6 pound line for walleye/trout and 8 pound line for pike… just to name a few.

Tips on Line Choice

Always use the lightest pound test line you can get away with – or at least use a lighter leader line. For perch and pan fish, 4 pound line (or leader line) is a great choice – 6 pound line for walleye/trout and 8 pound line for pike… just to name a few.

When the fish are aggressive, the lighter line won’t make such a difference, but should the bite be somewhat slow or tentative, the light line will definitely get you more bites!

Tips on Rods & Reels

At this time, I’d like to share one very important tip that many anglers overlook when it comes to an ice fishing rod.

Of course there are many factors to consider, but one of the key factors is the size of the eyes on you rod. Always look for an ice fishing rod with large or oversized eyes.

ice-hut

If you are fishing in a hut, it doesn’t really matter, but should you ever decide to fish in the open, it now becomes key.

This is because a small fish eye on your rod will freeze up & get plugged with ice.

As you reel in your line, it will carry some water with it, which will in turn freeze up on the eyes of your rod.

If you have an ice fishing rod with small eyes on it, it will quickly get plugged solid. You’ll spend more time de-thawing the eyes on your ice fishing rod, than you will fishing.

Light – Medium – Heavy

The other important factor to consider when buying an ice fishing rod is the rating. When you are ice fishing, if you are going to be jigging a spoon, hopefully the spoon will be tipped with bait and you will have at least a medium action ice fishing rod.

fishing-rod

If you are fishing for bigger fish, you will want at least a medium action rod.

In these cases, you need some “backbone” in order to set the hook. However, if you are fishing for small pan fish, nothing beats a light action ice fishing rod. Even the smallest of pan fish will bend a light action rod and double it right over.

Needless to say, every fish feels like a trophy fish!

Reels

When it comes to reels, keep them small and match the size of the reel to the rod. Look for the instant anti-reverse feature, and test them to ensure they have a good drag system.

As a side note, front drag systems perform much better than rear drag systems.

As always, good fishin’!
Ivo

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