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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
BLACK OPS ULTRALIGHT COMBO
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.”
INTERFACE INSULATED JACKET
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.”
GLACIER ICE COMBO
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.”
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.”