We just had the classroom ice fishing clinic in Kearney last Saturday. At that clinic every year we spend at least some time talking about staying warm. You will never enjoy ice-fishing if you are cold. Of course layering is the key and there is a lot of excellent clothing on the market these days made just for layering, just for ice fishing! Another critical part of staying warm is good boots! Good boots are especially important because, well, while …Read More »
Annual Ice Safety Reminder
Believe it or not, I know there have been some folks on the ice in Nebraska already. Most of us are going to have to wait. How long we might wait, I have no idea, hopefully not long. But, I know we are anxious and every year it does not hurt to review ice safety. I have already walked away from some ice this year that was NOT safe. So, I am simply going to brush off an old blog …Read More »
Ice Fishing Primer
I know I am not the only one. There are some of you that are just as crazy as I am. . . . This cold snap has us wondering how soon we might be on the ice! Now, I am not going to post my annual reminder about ice safety, yet. My bet is it is going to be a while yet before we have enough ice to be ice-fishing. However, I know it is not too soon to …Read More »
Pimp Your Ice Shack
I know some of you are thinking about it already! I am! Yep, cannot wait for ice! I am old enough to have ice-fished in a time when there was not a plethora of ice fishing products on the market. Believe it or not, there was a time when if you wanted an ice-fishing shack, you made your own. There were some ingenious designs and creativity. Everyone tried to make shacks that could haul as much as possible and yet …Read More »
Folks are always interested in tips that will help them catch more fish. I stumbled onto this video and there are a whole bunch of great tips here. I completely agree with several of these, picked up a new idea or three from others: Unfortunately, ice conditions from one corner of Nebraska to the other are very mixed. Yes, there has been some safe ice, but even then I am hearing of thin or even open spots. And this stinkin’ …Read More »
Some of you that fish ice tournaments may need a way to beat your competition to the hot hole. Or maybe you just want to get a jump on the weekend warriors? Could be you just need to beat your buddy to the tip-up? Well, I got an idea for you. . . . Notice “safety first”–make sure the ice is safe and wear your helmet. Not sure about the language in the subheadings, but I am guessing it says …Read More »
Love Your Auger!
With each passing day lately I am hearing more and more folks depressed about the winter, the snow, the cold, etc. I laugh. You cannot do anything about the weather. If life gives you ice, you might as well go ice-fishing! Frankly, I am loving this and hope it lasts! If I quit ice-fishing the day before the spring shotgun turkey season opens, that would be perfect! My nephew called my attention to something that was circulating on the interwebs …Read More »
Ice Safety Reminder, Again!
I am not going to pretend to know when we will have safe ice. If I did know, I would still tell you that it is up to YOU to be sure that it is safe every time you walk on the ice. I am not going to take someone else’s word for it and you should not either. You have to make that call yourself. I will tell you that we are getting close to seeing safe ice, but …Read More »
You all know I love to fish, year-round, love it all. I love to ice fish, but have to admit my fall was really good this year and I hate to see it come to an end (updates and pictures coming in other blog posts, soon). Yes, I was still fishing open water this past week; yes, my son and I did really well, but I am thinking that may have been about the end of it for this year. …Read More »
Tip-Up Hook Keeper
Keeping tip-ups from being a big tangled mess after they are rigged with hooks and weights can be a challenge. In my surfing around the inter-webs, I have found a couple of ideas you might like! Here is a website for that product: TUHK. Or, if you have some corks lying around, here is another DIY idea: Never forget, proper etiquette dictates that when you get a bite, you yell at the top of your lungs, and run as fast …Read More »