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If you have never tried ice fishing, you don't know what you're missing out on. Like anything else, the more involved you become the more you will spend on equipment, but to get your feet wet (hopefully not literally) you can get started with very little investment. If you have never been, I will assume that you're going to go with an experienced ice angler for your first time that will have the basic safety equipment. A spud, rope, etc., and if you do plan on going by yourself for the first time, which I don't recommend, you can read more about ice fishing safety in a previous article I've covered here.

With that out of the way, lets get back to the basic equipment. The Skandia Panfish Noodle Rod is an affordable and durable rod that is great for panfish. This rod won't break the bank and is a ton of fun to fish with. However, if you're an angler looking for a higher end rod, the Whip'r ice rod is for you. The split cork handle, super sensitive tip are just a couple of the features that make this one of the best ice rods on the market today. Both models come in combos with a nice spinning real and start out in 24" lengths and go up from there. Fish with a spring bobber or float and you're ready to go...

For a little variety, pick up an ice jig kit from Moon Jigs, Skandia, or Arnold Tackle and hit the ice with your buddies. Some of these kits also include depth finders, spring bobbers and other types of floats. I personally use tungsten jigs. Carry your stuff in a five gallon bucket and when you get to your spot, flip it over and you have your seat. Or for a padded seat, give the ¾ Ice Seat or the Spin Seat a try for a little more comfort.

Now that you have the basics, let's wait for ice and get out there with our buddies to enjoy the camaraderie we can only find on a frozen lake, there is nothing like it.

Until next time friends...

 

Story by: Joe Devera

 

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