Don’t think you need an ice fishing gear guide? Paying attention to the weather? Brutal cold is coming to the Hoosier state, and that means ice. For those Hoosier anglers closer to the Ohio than Lake Michigan, ice fishing may seem like a pointless endeavor while freezing on a block of ice, it is a nuanced way to pursue fish, and nuanced means MORE GEAR.
Who doesn’t love more gear?
Here’s some items to add to your sled this winter to fill the freezer with fillets.
Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 – I went into the winter needing a new jigging rod for oversized crappie, that could also pull double duty on walleye. The Abu Garcia Veritas combo in medium-light was my choice. The 24 ton graphite blank provides the backbone needed to haul keeper ‘eyes through the ice, without sacrificing the sensitivity needed to detect light-biting papermouths when high pressure settles in. Four models are available to suit your needs. The unique grip on this rod makes it easy to handle. After spooling, I tried it out, and even wearing heavy gloves, it’s easy to keep a grip.
Frabill Aegis 2415 – A shelter is the pinnacle of ice fishing gear. The Aegis brings the SideStep™ entry to the Aegis line of shelters. Because you enter from the either side there’s no more stepping over the holes you’re fishing. Because of the near-vertical front wall, the fishing area is used more efficiently than virtually any other shelter. The top insulation and combo-case bench seating round out this dynamic shelter, making it easy to see why the Aegis 2415 is at the top of every ice angers wish list.
Rapala Jigging Rap – Jig it, bounce it, swim it. The Jigging Rap delivers erratic action and a realistic minnow profile that crappie, perch, and walleye can’t resist. Single reversed hooks on either end, and a center treble make hookups almost a certainty, no matter where or how the fish strike. Furthermore, as with all Rapala lures, a wide variety of colors and sizes allow you to match the baitfish you know your target fish are keying on this winter. Target aggressive fish and put more of them on the ice with the Jigging Rap.
IceArmor by Clam – Winter outerwear isn’t known for being easily customized or fitted. This is even more true when it comes to hunting and fishing apparel, and that’s why the new IceArmor by Clam line so special. The latest bibs have six inches of adjustability built in to customize inseam. The new jackets features interchangeable liners to keep ice anglers comfortable in any weather. Finally, the new color scheme is pretty slick too.
Now that you know the ice fishing gear you need, place the order and start hoping for cold air!