ICE FISHING ESSENTIALS

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  Aside from your rod, reel, and tackle, there are a few more things that you will need to remember when going ice fishing. First of all, make sure there is enough ice. (Rule of thumb is at least 4 inches). You want to go fishing, not swimming. Next, make sure you dress warm. Put on layers of clothes;  a nice warm jacket, and don’t forget waterproof winter boots.
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    Now that you are all bundled up, what else do you need? Well, you need an ice auger to cut through the ice. You can get a power auger or you can get a hand auger. (I’m sure I don’t need to tell you which I prefer.) Then you will need a skimmer to get the pieces of ice out of your fishing hole. Unless you like standing or kneeling, you might want to bring a chair or a 5 gallon bucket to sit on. For the less rugged ice fisherman, you can bring a small shanty to block the wind. You can get a “pop up” or a “flip over”. Finally you will need a sled to haul all your gear out to the lake.
    Does this sound like a lot to do just to go fishing? Well, like many have said before, “A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.”