So I have this thing with ice fishing rod and reels, I like to put together different rods, reels, line, spring bobbers and jigs types, then play with them on the ice. I usually keep a half dozen with me.
Different setups work better or not depending on the weather. See, I’m an outside kinda fisherman. I dislike fishing inside a warm and toasty ice shanty. In there, you can use whatever you want, as long as it matches the fish you want to catch. Outside it’s a bit different.
When it’s cold, small fishing rod eyes and narrow spring bobbers freeze up very quickly. Spinning reels also can have more issues with quickly freezing water. The newer style ice fishing fly reels, along with a rod with larger eyes works much better when you’re enduring the freezing cold temps outside.
Wind is another concern. Here I’ve found that a good stiff sensitive rod does better than a wimpy, noodle rod. Even the spring bobber can easily be influenced by the wind, making for a frustrating experience if the bite is light.
I am still in search of the best rod that works both well in the cold and the wind.
This fishing blog is dedicated to the little understood, little respected, sport of ICE fishing. A lot has changed since the days of Grumpy Old Men and old farts sitting outside in the cold upon five-gallon buckets all day long. New techniques and technology have transformed this once “nothing better to do” winter activity into something many anglers have a true passion for. I know, I helped make it happen.
My name is Mitch Bennis, I’ve enjoyed and worked in the ice fishing industry here in Central Minnesota for the majority of my life. I’m a huge fan of the sport and love to spread the joy to others. Once you catch the bug of Ice Fishing, you’ll be hooked for life!
If you live in or will be visiting a region with good ice fishing conditions, my blog is here to help you learn ice fishing tips & techniques, find the local tackle shops and fishing guides, and show the world how great your ice fishing experiences have been.
So if you’re into ice fishing, or would maybe like to be, please enjoy the information and resources within these pages. And expect more cool ice fishing stuff to show up over the next months.
Also, I invite you to submit your videos, photos and ice fishing articles. And please comment on my articles! I am looking forward to a conversation!