Heat up the hardwater with these shelters, augers, rods, reels, baits and more
Time to update your ice-fishing arsenal? Check out this great new gear.
This economical two-stroke auger from StrikeMaster is made for rough ice. The extra-sharp point on the 8¼-inch chipper blade keeps the unit from jumping on the ice, while the 32cc, 1.5-horsepower engine makes fast work of punching holes.
StrikeMaster, (905) 571-3001; www.strikemaster.com
Modeled off IceArmor’s popular Extreme Gloves, these waterproof mitts feature a breathable liner, Thinsulate insulation, long cuffs and an extra-wide wrist cinch strap for a tight fit. They come in sizes small to 2XL.
IceArmor, 1-800-423-3474; www.clamoutdoors.com
Ice-fishing’s first so-called crossover shelter combines the spaciousness of a lightweight pop-up with the convenience of a flip-over. The Evo offers more fishing area than similarly sized flip huts, while still folding into an attached sled. One- and two-person sizes are available.
Eskimo, 1-800-345-6007; www.geteskimo.com
STRAIGHT LINE 371 BRO SERIES COMBOS
Named for legendary ice angler Brian “Bro” Brosdahl, these 10 combos feature Frabill’s responsive 371 in-line reel. The rods sport cork handles with graphite blanks and reel seats, and come in a variety of models, from the 32-inch Walleye Jigging to the 18-inch Micro Panfish.
Frabill, 1-800-558-1005; www.frabill.com
LIFT ’N’ HOOK
To use this rod holder, just fold the scissors-style frame open and set your combo in place. When a fish strikes, simply lift the rod from the cradle and set the hook—no more fumbling to extract your set-up from a holder. And for storage, it collapses flat.
HT Enterprises, (920) 533-5080; www.icefish.com
VERITAS 2.0 ICE COMBO
Detect light bites with this sensitive graphite rod featuring a split-grip handle and freeze-resistant guides. The 3+1 bearing reel sports an aluminum spool and improved bail. The combos come in 25-inch ultralight, 27-inch medium-light and 29-inch medium actions.
Abu Garcia, 1-800-228-4272; www.abugarcia.com
LITHIUM-HEATED SOFTSHELL VEST
This mid-layer garment offers three levels of temperature control via Rapala’s battery-powered “lithium heating technology.” The outer nylon/spandex shell keeps out the wind, while insulating polyester fleece keeps the interior warm. Comes with one lithium-ion battery and charger.
Rapala, (905) 571-3001; www.rapala.ca
Berkley touts its new Gulp! Ice series as the next generation in soft baits, with “extreme scent dispersion” that expands the strike zone by 400 times. And unlike live bait, the durable Ice Waxies (pictured), Minnow, Fish Fry, Minnow Head and Euro Larvae plastics won’t freeze solid.
Berkley, 1-800-237-5539; www.berkley-fishing.com