Hello everyone and welcome! We'll be starting shortly...
Ok welcome everyone to our 1st annual ice fishing live chat session here on Fishidy. Thank you for joining us, this should be a great opportunity for beginners to learn some basics and for advanced anglers to pickup some new tips!
We're joined tonight by a panel of several avid Fishidy members who've volunteered to share their expertise and help answer your ice fishing questions. Please help us welcome...
Bob and Rich there at the end
Tonight's chat will be divided into 5 parts: Ice Safety (10 min.), Equipment & Techniques (10 min.), Species & Seasonal Strategies (10 min.), Maximizing Your Time (10 min.), and we'll leave 20 minutes at the end for open Q&A.
To kick it off, let's start with Ice Safety, and a question for our panel members. What safety tips do you keep in mind when venturing out on the ice?
Thanks for the intro, Jon. Welcome all!
I always keep in mind that the ice may not be as good "over there" as it is in my current location.
My first time out on any body of water, any time of the year, I always drill test holes on my way out. Some places may have current or springs, causing thin spots that you may not know about. Taking the time to drill a few holes just to be safe can go a long ways towards keeping you safe!
How do you safely get out of the water if you fall in?
Thankfully, I have not yet fallen in. I have heard that you should not attempt to lift yourself vertically onto the ice, but rather, position yourself horizontally, kick your feet, and slide onto the ice.
And, yes, ice picks would help greatly!
I'd agree picks are important. If you are not strong enough or able to pull yourself out to injury you should have ropes in your sled/shack.
I should add that he is a trained paramedic and first responder, DO NOT TRY AT HOME.
New topic: Equipment & Techniques, and a question for our panel. At a minimum what types of equipment/gear should new anglers consider taking with them on the ice?
Rods and reels, tip ups, bait/lures, an auger, slush scoops, and some form of electronics (flasher or LCD).
Electronics are not a must, but once you fish with them, you'll never want to be without them again.
Speaking of electronics... what are the different types available and what situations are they best used for?
I think the two best purchases an ice angler can make are high quality boots that keep your feel warm/dry and a good set of waterproof gloves. If you can do those two things you can focus on the smaller things that help produce more fish!