With winter on its way, are you taking inventory and thinking about your ice fishing wish list?
If you're anything like me, the answer is a definite yes. And as Black Friday deals and "the most wonderful time of the year" are rapidly approaching, many more people are considering gift ideas for the ice fishermen or women in their lives.
So this year, make it easy on your family and Santa by using this ice fishing wish list as a starting point. See if these 13 items (plus one bonus item - can you guess it?) appear on your own list.
When ice fishing, especially without a shelter, protective clothing that keeps you warm and dry is of the utmost importance.
If you have cold or wet feet, I promise that your day on the ice will quickly be ruined. You'll stay dry and toasty in these heavy duty, 2,000-gram Thinsulate boots.
While you can make do without a power ice auger, it certainly does speed the process up, which means more time for you to fish.
I know our parents and grandparents got by without fish locators, but using a Vexilar is easy, makes fishing really interactive, and maximizes your chance of catching fish.
No ice fishing trip would really be complete without a bomber hat. Keep your head warm and your fishing buddies jealous in this great hat.
At some point throughout the winter, a shelter is almost necessary if you want to stay comfortable. This 2-person shelter will keep you out of the wind with ample fishing room.
Admittedly, this isn't a necessary piece of ice fishing equipment. But I know you've thought about how cool it would be to see what exactly is happening below the ice.
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Using a heater within a shelter can really make the difference in having an enjoyable ice fishing trip. For maximum portability on day trips, I like small tank-top sunflower heaters like this. If you have more room, there are always bigger styles as well.
Sometimes there's not enough snow cover, and walking around the ice can be downright dangerous (I've got a scar under my jaw to prove it). Give your feet some much-needed traction with this easy, slip-on system.
Sometimes it's fun to switch things up, and a tip-up is a great way to do that. I like this style as it keeps the hole from icing over too quickly and blocks out the light as well.
A fisherman can never have too many rods and reels. An easy place to start for a gift idea is a "combo" - combination rod and reel. There are many options for different fish species and fishing styles.
If a fisherman can never have enough poles, they can CERTAINLY never have enough tackle and accessories. Some jigs get bitten off the line, some lures get old, and sometimes you just want to try a new presentation.
The hands are often the most exposed "chink in the armor" while ice fishing, and can lead to very real frostbite risks. These waterproof mitts allow you to quickly slip them on and off without losing much heat in the process.
Ice Castle Sport Angler Fish House
In case Santa's feeling extra generous, it wouldn't hurt to have one of these tow-behind fish houses on your list. After all, this is an ice fishing wish list.
Do you have your own ice fishing wish list? Let us know what else is on yours in the comments below.