Ice Fishing 2013
It’s that time of year again. Temps are dropping well below freezing at night and barely warming to the freezing point during the day. This time of year triggers something in us that makes us leave the comfort of our warm homes and head out on the ice. Today let’s talk about some of the new products for this year. These items not only get you out on the ice but to make each trip a successful one!
Frabill In-line Ice Rod and Reel Combo: No guides on the rod. Line actually runs through the blank, keeping the wind from blowing your line giving you better sensitivity. Don’t have to worry about ice forming on your rod guides! The combo comes with an integrated fly reel, which features a composite body so it’s light weight and durable, with a 1:1 gear ratio and a super smooth drag. The line comes straight off the spool so no worries about line twists. Works with Braided, Fluorocarbon and Monofilament lines. Retails for $39.99
Rapala Snap Rap Jig: Comes in two sizes. 2 ½ inches, 5/16oz $6.99 and 3 1/8 inches at 7/8oz $7.49. Hard darting action on these baits. With a snap of the wrist they will shoot off to the side in a hard darting motion and swim down on the fall.
Tungsten Ice Jigs: Tungsten ice jigs are an awesome addition to any ice anglers assortment. It allows us to run a heavier jig in a smaller profile due to the density of tungsten over lead. They get to our desired depths quicker and being a denser metal they can be bounced on the bottom and kick up whatever the bottom content is, producing little clouds on the bottom, many times sparking the curiosity of the game fish in the area and brings them in for a closer look.
There are two good brands of Tungsten ice jigs. Fiskas Wolfram Jigs, $3.19 and Northland Tackles Mooska Jigs, also $3.19. They come in a variety of colors and sizes.
Ion Electric Auger: Drills up to 40 holes, through 2 feet of ice, all on one lithium charge! Never have to worry about gas or oil again on your power auger. $499.99
Clam Bigfoot XL2000 Ice Shanty: Pop-up style shanty that houses 4 to 5 anglers. Super tough 600 denier fabric. Over sized skirt. Comes with a travel bag for easy transportation and storage, 4 ice anchors and tie downs. 56 squared feet of fishable area on the inside. Compared to other models that’s 30% more interior space! Weight 35lbs. $229.99
Well there’s just a few to get you started. Come on in to Bass Pro Shops in Bolingbrook and talk to our ice fishing exports to see all these great products in person as well as many other new and exciting additions to our ice fishing selection!
Be safe on the ice this year!
Team Lead Fishing
Bass Pro Shops Bolingbrook.