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While we might still be enjoying a few lingering summer nights on the lake, there’s no better time to start preparing for ice fishing in Wolfeboro than right now. Before the weather even starts getting cold, go ahead and start making preparations for all of your equipment and gear to make sure that your winter fishing supplies are ready to go. If you are coming to Lake Winnipesaukee from out of town, check with the NH Hole in the Wall to find out about securing bob house rentals or purchasing other Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies for your trip. You can order some items ahead of time from our store or take time to repair and replace worn pieces during the off-season.
Rods and Reels
While similar to the rods you use throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons, winter fishing supplies have many differences. The cold, harsh temperatures and conditions experienced during ice fishing in Wolfeboro can cause a lot of damage if left unchecked, so take time to inspect your rods and reels for any issues that might have occurred. Ideally, much of this work would be done at the end of the winter fishing season, but if you were unable to perform the inspection and repairs at that time, now is as good a time as any.
Repair or tighten any parts that have become loose and replace any elements that were damaged. If they cannot be fixed, start shopping now for Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies. You can even contact our store in New Hampshire to find out about availability for specific accessories and gear. Replace the ice fishing line from last year with fresh line for best results. Spooling the reel with fresh line is not always necessary for more mild season use, but winter fishing supplies tend to become damaged much faster. You don’t want to wait until you have a big fish on the line to find out that you should have replaced it.
Take care to also check your tip-ups, to ensure that they are operating as they should. Go over all moving parts with grease to prevent failures while out on the ice. Also, change the tip-up line and tie on new leaders before you head back out for winter ice fishing in Wolfeboro.
Wolfeboro Ice Fishing Supplies
Many anglers have separate tackle boxes for winter fishing supplies apart from the gear that they use during the rest of the year. Take the time to go through your Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies to make sure you have enough basic accessories and tools on hand to get the job done. Check the hooks, floats, jigs, and other essential tackle to ensure that it is still in good condition. You can use this time to sharpen hooks and make sure that they are ready for use out on the ice. Consider adding extra hooks and supplies to your arsenal, so you don’t get caught out in your bob house rentals without enough gear to land a fish.
If you have your own auger and don’t rent one for ice fishing in Wolfeboro, take time to replace the spark plug and fill it with fresh gas right before you get ready to head out to the lake. Take a few minutes to run the engine to ensure that it is working properly. Replace or sharpen the blades on your augers, so they are ready to go as soon as the ice is safe for fishing. Consider bringing a hand auger as a backup so you can still fish even if your power auger stops working. If you use a portable heater, cooktop or grill when ice fishing, clean and maintain those items as well so they are ready when you need them.
Other Things to Bring
If you are new to ice fishing in Wolfeboro, you might not be aware of all the gear that is required to make a go of winter fishing at Lake Winnipesaukee. You’ll want a minnow bucket and a scoop, a flashlight for late-night navigation, a fish finger, and essential tools, such as pliers, knives, forceps, and other gear that will help you out on the ice. Warm clothing is also essential, and layers are highly recommended. An extra set of clothing is good to have in case of emergency and be sure to have coats, boots, hats, gloves, and other items that will keep all of your extremities warm when out on the ice. Don’t rely on bob house rentals for all of your warmth; make sure to dress the part and be prepared.
Visit our website for the NH Hole in the Wall to see more winter fishing supplies or to learn more about our bob house rentals and other Wolfeboro ice fishing supplies. We carry a wide range of options for year-round fishing experiences here in New Hampshire, so take time to browse our site to see everything that we offer. You can also call our team at 1-603-569-HOLE (4653) to secure essential rentals or learn more about our services.