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One of the best things about going ice fishing, for those who have never done it before, is the chance to try something brand new. Fortunately, there are a lot of options available for New Hampshire ice fishing, even if you have no clue about how to get started. Ice fishing equipment, bait and Bob House rentals can all be obtained at your local bait and tackle shop, helping visitors to the area get a taste of ice fishing in Wolfeboro. The equipment is simple, the concept is easy, and once you get a big of a lingo-lesson and some tips from the locals, you’ll be ready to give it a go.
Ice Fishing Equipment: What You Need
To get started on your New Hampshire ice fishing adventure, it pays to have all of the equipment, tools, bait and extras that you need to have a great day out on the lake. Hole in the Wall is a local bait and tackle shop that rents out ice fishing equipment and even features Bob House rentals if you can get there before they are all gone. The following is a list of the basic equipment you will need in order to go ice fishing in Wolfeboro this winter.
- SLED – A basic sled is used to move equipment out onto the ice, otherwise you would be making dozens of trips back and forth or throw out your back trying to do it all at once. Even a big plastic boat sled can be used to haul your gear, as well as homemade sleds and rented sleds from the bait and tackle shop.
- SPUD – Not a potato, this tool is used by ice fishermen to check out the thickness of the ice. It can also be used to re-open ice fishing holes that were already made by another fisherman. In addition to the spud, an auger is also used to make holes in the ice. Hand augers and power augers are both used, depending on the skills or preferences of the ice fisherman.
- SKIMMER – The skimmer is used to remove the slush that builds up in your ice fishing hold. It’s basically a slotted spoon with a long handle.
- SOUNDER – This tool is used to let you know how far it is to the bottom. It is important to keep the bait near the bottom when ice fishing in Wolfeboro, so this tool helps to take the guesswork out of finding the best spot.
- JIG ROD – If you want a really “active” experience while out on the lake, try something that is known as a jig rod. It is like a regular spinning rod, but with a short two to three foot rod. It gives a lot of motion to the angler via the bait or lure.
- TIE UP – By far this is the most popular reel for New Hampshire ice fishing. It is a reel that is spooled with braided line that can go several hundred feet into the water. The reel itself is submerged into the water and the rest of the device is up on the ice, held up by cross arms. The alert is a very simple mechanism that makes a flag pop up when you have a fish on the line – you just reel it all in by hand.
Popular Bait Options
When it comes to ice fishing, it is important to know what type of bait works best. You can usually get some tips from the bait and tackle shop when you come in to get your ice fishing equipment and Bob House rentals. However, the bait of choice for ice fishing in Wolfeboro tends to be what is known as “live shiners,” which are sold all over the area. In addition to the live bait, you will also need a bait dipper to retrieve them and a bait bucket to keep them. Other New Hampshire ice fishing bait can include mealworms and lures, depending on what’s biting and the area that you are fishing.
New Hampshire Ice Fishing Extras
When you make the decision to go out on the ice to try your hand at ice fishing, make sure to dress appropriately. Warm coats, gloves and/or mittens, hats, scarves and heavy duty boots are all a good start. Make sure to bring along snacks and drinks, especially if you are going to be out in the Bob House rentals for an extended period of time. Sandwiches and hot soup in an insulated container will be a great treat and coffee or hot cocoa in a thermos is always a great idea.
Don’t forget your regular tackle box filled with hooks, sinkers, a first-aid kit, rope, compass and fire starter, as well as other must-have items like pliers, trash bags and instant heat packs. Also bring some extra clothing in the car in case you get wet or stinky, folding lawn chairs, heavy blankets and anything else that you think will be helpful.
When you come into town and visit the local bait and tackle shop, don’t be afraid to ask for advice about ice fishing in Wolfeboro. Stop by Hole in the Wall, located on Main Street in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and get your first breathtaking view of the world famous Lake Winnipesaukee right out our store window. For more information, please give us a call at 1-603-569- HOLE (4653) and don’t forget to ask about our ice fishing equipment and Bob House rentals!