All-new accessories to make the most of your ice time
Are you equipped for action this hardwater season? Here are some of the latest gear offerings to help heat up your time out on the ice.
Compact, foldable and lightweight, this Canadian-made ice rod holder uses the rod’s own tension and a crafty trigger system to assist in hands-free hooksetting.
Black Fox Fishing, (705) 255-0458; www.blackfoxfishing.com
Weighing only 22 pounds, this eight-inch auger is powered by a 40-volt, five amp-hour lithium-ion battery that can cut up to 1,600 inches of ice on a single charge. The cast bottom with centring point promises smooth, accurate cuts.
Ion Electric Ice Augers, 1-800-345-6007; www.ioniceaugers.com
Aqua-Vu’s “complete HD underwater viewing system” features a high-def camera with anti-spook infrared lighting, a low-light image sensor and a seven-inch, cold-resistant LCD screen. There’s also an HDMI video-out port for home viewing.
Aqua-Vu, 1-866-755-6303; www.aquavu.com
Already a winner for open water, this new-for-2016 spoon should also make for a lethal hardwater flutter bait. It’s available in 2¼-inch (¼-ounce), 2¾-inch (5/16-ounce) and 3¼-inch (½-ounce) sizes and eight colours with UV-reactive finishes.
Mepps, (819) 563-2115; www.mepps.ca
CONCEPT MULTIPLIER ICE REEL
Designed for deep water, this machined aluminum reel has a 3.1:1 gear ratio and a large spool for speedy retrieves. It also has a star drag and an on-off clicker with free-spool mode to rapidly get baits down deep.
Rapala, (905) 571-3001; www.rapala.ca
ICE HELIX 7 SONAR/GPS
The latest Ice Helix has a seven-inch, ultra-bright LCD screen and a latency-free digital flasher mode. It also has customizable eight-times zoom graph views and a precision GPS with optional Humminbird Lakemaster charts.
Humminbird, 1-800-263-6390; www.humminbird.com
I-FLOAT JACKET AND BIBS
Frabill’s new I-Float is the only ice-fishing suit certified as a PFD by the U.S. Coast Guard. It’s windproof and waterproof, with extra safety features such as integrated ice picks and mesh drainage openings for emergency water evacuation.
Frabill, 1-800-558-1005; www.frabill.com
Otter’s new one-person flip-over ice shelter features a triple-layer shell of 600-denier fabric for warmth, durability and condensation control. Complete with crack-resistant windows, it sits on a wide-back sled with a removable swivel seat.
Otter Outdoors, 1-877-466-8837; www.otteroutdoors.com
ROD ROCKER 2
This simple but clever rod holder lets you deadstick your bait without worrying about losing your rod down the hole. Extremely sensitive, it also promises to help detect the most delicate of bites.
Clam Outdoors, 1-800-423-3474; www.clamoutdoors.com