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If you are thinking about entering the annual Great Meredith Rotary Fishing Derby this year, it helps to prepare ahead of time and get all of the winter fishing supplies you need for New Hampshire ice fishing. Even if you already have your own ice fishing equipment, custom fishing rods and reels, sled, auger and other necessary tools, it pays to read through the rules and FAQ for the tournament to know what is allowed and what isn’t.
If you are coming in from out-of-state, you need to know that a fishing license is required for all participants, age 16 and older. Children under the age of 16 can fish in the tournament, but they do not need to have a valid fishing license for ice fishing. Everyone who participates in the Derby, regardless of age, needs to have a Derby ticket if they want to enter fish or claim any prizes. You can get all the information you need on the Derby by visiting the Meredith Rotary Club website.
Pre-Fishing Before the Tournament
If you want to stand any chance of winning in the tournament, you need to get into town a few days early so you can pre-fish the area. This can be a very helpful technique, allowing you to get a feel for the lake, figure out where the fish are hanging out, and help you figure out what you want to do on the day of the Derby. Make sure to fish at about the same time that you will be fishing during the tournament so you’ll know how a certain spot will be performing at a certain time of day.
Create a strategy that will help you in the Derby. You can even chat with locals where you get your winter fishing supplies, such as the Hole in the Wall in Wolfeboro. New Hampshire ice fishing is more than just a sport, it’s a way of life. Everything from the ice fishing equipment that you use to the custom fishing rods and reels available at the local bait shops is a part of the overall experience. Once you figure out where you want to go and when you want to be there on the Derby day, make sure to also make a couple of back-up plans. What are you going to do if someone else is in the same spot that you want to fish in for the tournament?
Go Your Own Way
When it comes to ice fishing in a tournament, stay away from the crowds. Hopefully you have pre-fished the lake, so you’ll know where to go and what to avoid. However, if you need to move around because someone else was in “your” spot, just make sure you stay away from big groups of people. Not only will you have less of a chance of catching a fish in a crowded spot, but it is also against the rules for a reason. It is not safe to have that many people out in the ice in one area.
You can download the rules for the annual Great Meredith Fishing Derby from the rotary club’s website. This will help give you the opportunity to study ahead of time and know what to expect. Browse through the FAQ section, as they might answer some of the questions that you have about New Hampshire ice fishing and the Derby requirements.
Get Winter Ice Fishing Supplies at the Hole in the Wall
Whether you decide to get in on the tournament or not, make sure to stop by the Hole in the Wall for ice fishing equipment, live bait, custom fishing rods and reels, plus a whole lot more. We have a wide range of New Hampshire ice fishing equipment and other winter fishing supplies, depending on the type of fishing that you want to do. We also have boat rentals, Bob House rentals, ice fishing rentals and other seasonal items available for rent. Give us a call at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) to reserve a rental for the future.