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When it comes to ice fishing, there are two basic methods that people use in New Hampshire. One calls for the use of a jig rod, which is basically a very short fishing rod and a small reel. The other calls for the use of something known as a tip up, which is a stationary device that features a spool of long line that is set over top of a fishing hole. It is important to check with local regulations throughout New England before just assuming the number of lines that are allowed per fisherman or fishing hole.
It is important to understand the basic requirements of winter fishing supplies for ice fishing in the local area. For example, the popular Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies might not be the same as the ones that you would use in another area. That’s why it is important to visit local bait and tackle shops to see what is being used by the locals who fish this area year round. Ice fishing tackle can be purchased and fishing tackle rentals can be at Hole in the Wall.
Before You Hit the Ice
One of the things that you should do is find out where to go for ice fishing, and what time of day the fish are biting the most. Some types of fish will bite more at sunrise and sunset, while others will just bite off and on all day. However, as a rule, it is best to fish early in the day and later in the low light conditions. It doesn’t hurt to talk with local fishermen or the folks at the local ice fishing tackle shop for tips on where and when to get out there.
You also need to know that it is very important to stay quiet. Unlike other types of fishing where talking and noise are debated, it is clearly understood with ice fishing that you need to keep noise and movement of yourself and winter fishing supplies to a minimum. This is especially true if you are fishing for cold water fish that will be less than five feet from the surface. Areas of ice that have snow cover will hide your movements and muffle noises better than open ice. This is something good to know if you have small children out there with you, or if you have a noisy fishing partner.
Vibrations made by your auger and winter vehicles, such as four-wheelers and snowmobiles, can scare fish away. Try to drill your holes about an hour or so before sunrise and sit very still until the fish start biting to make sure that you aren’t scaring them away. This is why it is important to have a comfortable chair and ready-made snacks with you, to prevent unnecessary movement while out on the ice. Do whatever you can to remain quiet and still.
Jigging the Lure
When using Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies that include a jig rod, part of the technique is to learn how to do what is known as jigging the lure. Whether you are using live bait or a fishing lure as part of your ice fishing tackle, it is important to learn how to get the attention of the fish in order to get them over to your line. Just drop that lure to the bottom of the lake and then raise it up two times before you allow the lure to float back down.
In most cases, the fish will strike your winter fishing supplies from on top. You will need to learn how to identify the different feeling of a hit from a fish at that depth compared to what you are used to in shallow water or in water where it isn’t cold, winter weather. Change up the way that you are jigging the lure, providing periods of less action and more action to see what works best. For the best presentation, use the lightest line possible.
Visit Hole in the Wall in Wolfeboro
If you are interested in learning more about fishing tackle rentals or, more specifically, ice fishing tackle for fishing in Lake Winnipesaukee and New Hampshire, come visit Hole in the Wall on Main Street in Wolfeboro. Our team can help you find the best winter fishing supplies, either for rent or for purchase. We also have live bait, lures, tackle rentals and much more. Give us a call at 603-569-HOLE (4653) or just stop by during business hours.