In an earlier article, we explained how to fly fish for carp. Fly fishing is most popular during the summer months. This is the time of year when freshwater fish (carp) move to smaller bodies of water to enjoy the warmth. The art of fly fishing is not as simple as it seems. To catch carp, fishermen use artificial flies. Fish think the fly is food, but when they bite, they become hooked and reeled in. Fly fishing requires practice. However, ice fishing is even more challenging.
What is ice fishing for carp?
Aside from the weather, ice fishing is a lot like fly fishing. The biggest difference is the temperature. Fishing during a warmer season is relaxing and enjoyable. However, fishing during the winter months is extremely cold. Not to mention, being out in the cold for an extended period is dangerous. Icy conditions add to the risk. While ice fishing for carp has its challenges, most recreational fishers find it to be an enjoyable sport.
What are the dangers of ice fishing?
There is no sport that is completely safe. However, ice fishing has heightened risks. Besides having the appropriate gear and clothing, you should also plan ahead. Get to know the area before you go. Before you enter the water, take the time to look for safety concerns.
Make sure your friends and family know where you are at all times. You should also have some food and water with you in case you become stranded.
What gear do I need to ice fish?
Ice fishing is more difficult than regular fishing. Therefore, it is important to invest in equipment that will help you to be quick and efficient. The following items are essential.
Cold weather clothing
Setting yourself up for success starts with your outfit. Dress in layers. It is better to be warm and remove layers than to not wear enough. In addition, it is important to have a range of motion. Wear clothing that allows you to move freely and quickly.
Besides clothing, a hat is also a must if you want to stay warm. You should also invest in a pair of ice fishing boots.
Ice augers are one of the most important tools to have when ice fishing. With an ice auger, you can cut holes in sheets of ice. When the body of water lacks a natural hole to use, this step is necessary to create an entry point. Ice augers range in price. Take into account how often you will use the device before you buy it.
Rods and reels are obvious necessities. Carp fish are strong and known to fight hard. Therefore, it is vital to have a sturdy rod. Because of the cold temperatures, it is best to use a rod with a cork handle. A cork material will retain heat and will be more comfortable to hold for long periods of time. Further, you will feel the vibration when you get a bite, which is a nice benefit if you are wearing gloves.
Apart from that, the style of the rod depends on personal preference. Select the rod that is most comfortable for you.
Underwater fishing camera
Ice fishing can be made easier with a number of technologies. For example, an underwater ice fishing camera is a great investment. With a fishing camera, you can see what’s happening below the surface. You’ll be able to see, for example, how many fish are nearby. You can also drop in your lure and watch how the fish react.
An underwater ice fishing camera can help you determine if you are in a good location that will result in a catch. It might be time to move from your current location if you don’t like what you see on the screen.
All in all, ice fishing is a fun activity if you are prepared to brave the cold. In order to be successful, you should learn the basics of regular fishing first. Then, you’ll be prepared for ice fishing’s added challenges.