Ice picks

Tackle fish all winter long with these hardwater helpers

One of the joys of ice fishing is its simplicity, but you still need the right equipment to enjoy a successful day. Time to add to your hardwater arsenal? Here’s a sampling of the latest in ice-fishing electronics, apparel, shelters and tackle.

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AV 715C

Aqua-vu, US$299.99

Key features: Colour camera with adjustable underwater LED lighting; 50-foot cable; waterproof, seven-inch LCD monitor; 12-volt rechargeable battery and charger.

The promise: “The most affordable underwater camera ever built.”

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FISH TRAP X2 PRO THERMAL

(US$1,049.99) Clam Outdoors

Key features: Heat-retaining flip-over shell reduces condensation; fishable area of 24 square feet; two padded swivel seats; includes tool kit, cargo net, travel cover and runner kit.

The promise: “For those who fish under extreme conditions.”

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FATFISH 6120i

(US$449) Eskimo

Key features: Six-sided pop-up accommodates five to seven anglers; 80 square feet of fishable area; 76-inch centre height; insulated wind- and waterproof fabric; self-tapping ice anchors.

The promise: “Fish more comfortably with more people.”

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BLACK OPS ULTRALIGHT COMBO

(US$29.99) Frabill

Key features: Large-arbor 1:1 reel with composite spool and body; fits in the palm of the angler’s hand for extra sensitivity; 18- or 22-inch ultralight rod.

The promise: “The most sensitive bite detection available.”

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INTERFACE INSULATED JACKET

($199) Rapala

Key features: Waterproof breathable jacket with 180 grams Thinsulate insulation; reinforced shoulders and elbows; ample pockets; matching bibs ($199) with padded knees and seat.

The promise: “Custom-designed for winter fishing.”

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GLACIER ICE COMBO

($34.99) Shakespeare

Key features: Durable fiberglass rod with stainless steel guides and EVA handle; six sizes from 24-inch ultralight to 30-inch medium action; reel has extended stem to accommodate gloves.

The promise: “Built for icy conditions.”

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LITHIUM LAZER

($749) StrikeMaster

Key features: 50-volt electric motor powered by a fast-charging lithium ion battery; 25:1 transmission with steel gears; twin stainless steel blades.

The promise: “Provides consistent speed and torque without reduced power.”

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WILLIAMS WABLER

($7.99) Williams

Key features: Two new glow-in-the-dark patterns—Glow Blue and Glow Green—on silver mirror bases; available in 2¼-, 2⅝- and 3¼-inch sizes (W40, W50 and W60 respectively).

The promise: “Plenty of flash in addition to the glow.”