Sometimes you just don't know what to buy. Here are the top 10 must-have ice fishing gear picks.
In today's day and age of DIY tackle-makers versus the big box store brands, the average ice fishing angler isn't short of options for fishing gear. In fact, it can become quite overwhelming for any level of angler to determine how to spend their hard-earned money.
I have compiled a list of top 10 must-haves for any ice fishing fanatic to help you out when you find yourself wandering the aisles.
View the slide show to see the top 10 must-have ice fishing gear.
Frabill Bib and Jacket
Nothing ruins a good day on the hard water more then being cold and uncomfortable. This cold weather, high-performance duo will keep you warm and dry in any elements you take on.
You cant really do much ice fishing unless you can get through the ice. No more hassling with the gas augers and all the parts they encompass with this Rapala auger. The new StrikeMaster Lithium Lazer can drill an eight-inch hole through up to 24 inches of ice and will drill up to 56 holes on just one charge of its lithium battery.
Clam Outdoors Ice Shelter
Time to toss that old bucket back in the shed and invest into one of the best portable ice shelters on the market. The Clam Bigfoot XL2000 is big enough to handle 4-5 anglers comfortably and will keep you and your fishing buddies out of the cold at a very affordable price of $269.99.
Remember those days of fishing over a hole and just hoping there was fish down there? Well, those days are long gone with today's technology and anglers are able to maximize their time on the water fishing where they see fish.
The new Vexilar UP28PV Ultra Pack FLX-28 with ProView Ice-Ducer is the perfect marine electronic to add to your arsenal. Maximum range of up to 300 feet, day and night displays and digital depth readout means you can't go wrong with this one.
St. Croix Rods
Best rods on earth, they say. Well, I may just have to agree. St. Croix rods have stood the test of time and they continue to innovate new rods for new situations. The St. Croix Legend series ice rods are some of the best ice fishing rods on the market today available in 24"-48" lengths with an array of actions to fit your fishing style.
13 Fishing Reel
A new revolution of reels has emerged from 13 Fishing and this new tear drop model is a great new addition. With an oversized line window to reduce ice build up and an inline system to achieve zero line twist. This is already the next big thing.
Berkley Super Lines
Super lines are definitely the way to go when you need to feel a subtle bite and that is exactly what you get in cold water quite often. The Berkley FireLine Micro Ice is smoother than ever and extremely sensitive to help you put more fish on ice.
Northland Tackle Spoon
There are so many spoons ands jigs to choose from in today's market. Why not stick with what the experts in ice fishing use. Northland Tackle has created so many innovative ice fishing jigs and spoons that you can't even begin to count them all. Their new buck-shot rattle spoon is an excellent choice to call in those walleye and perch from a distance or to get that finicky one to bite.
Moonshine Lures hit the market in a big way when Keith Kavajecz and Gary Parson finished 1st and 2nd in the 2014 CNWT tournament at Bays de Noc. It's no secret that this type of ice fishing lure, such as the puppet minnow or a jig-n-rap, have been heavily used the past couple of seasons on open water and have proven to be big winners. The Shiver Minnow brings even greater action to the playing field and should be in everyone's tackle bag.
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Frabill Classic Wood Tip-Up
For those of you who like to cover lots of water, the trusty ol' classic wood tip-up from Frabill is a go-to in any situation. Sometimes keeping it simple is the key to more fish.
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