Focus on Fishing

END OF THE SEASON GEAR INSPECTION

Across North America and beyond, the ice fishing season is coming to a close—in fact, with this year’s abnormally warm weather, in a number of areas, it’s already over. However, don’t store that winter equipment and ice tackle away just yet! Now is the time to clean, inspect, maintain, repair, take inventory and replenish so…

THERMAL TIP-UP TIPS

With this week’s TGO topic focusing on Tobin and tip-ups, I thought a tip-up tip might be appropriate–and this one relates specifically to thermal designs. When it’s really windy and cold, nothing matches the efficiency of a thermal tip-up. The hole cover frames block blowing snow while sealing in thermal energy from the water below,…

LATE ICE SAFETY

It’s late February. I’m driving from central Wisconsin, where the ice is nearly a foot thick, to Michigan, and surprised to find very little accessible ice remaining in northern Illinois, open water throughout most of northwestern Indiana, and only limited or poor quality ice across the border in southern Michigan. Traveling into the central portion…

WHEN ICE FISHING, WE ALL ENJOY TIPPING A FEW…

…ice jigs that is, and there are many different ways of doing so! Not only do we have the usual assortment of live baits: Minnows, red worms, wax worms, spikes, mousees, mealworms, hellgrammites, poppers and golden rod gall grubs to choose from, but also scented imitations like HT’s Ice Scentz, and a plethora of wild…

IF I HAD TO CHOOSE JUST ONE ICE ROD…

My good friends from FishingSaskatchewan.ca recently added a special segment to their ever-active digital media, one called “Ask the Pros.” It’s designed to let their followers send in questions, which are in turn directed to various fishing personalities with their video responses posted on the site. Recently nominated as a talking head, I received a…

TIP-UP DEPTH SETTINGS

I’m asked a lot of questions about tip-up sets, and among the most frequently asked are those involving depth placement. Are tip-up presentations best positioned directly on bottom, or just above? How do you keep your bait out of weeds? Do you ever suspend your presentations? How far up? Understandably, this can be especially bewildering…

NEW WATER VENTURE

On days my husband, Aron, doesn’t have booked guide trips, we often go scouting. These scouting missions to “new water” can be nerve racking, as we must carefully test ice conditions in unfamiliar areas while trying to “find fish” for upcoming guide trips. The majority of our Unlimited Trophy Outfitters ice trips are taken on…

“LOBSTER CLAW” MITTS

Over the years, I’ve been surprised how many TGO viewers have contacted me about the camo “lobster claw” mitts I often wear while filming. There are those who’d like to give them a try and want to know where they’re available, some who are already using them and simply looking for a second pair, while…

EMERGENCY HEAT SOURCES

Even on the most carefully planned ice fishing adventures, things can happen. A person never plans to get excessively cold, wet or break through the ice, but these are inherent risks taken each time we venture onto frozen water—and something that recently happened to our good friend Zach, who broke through ice while negotiating his…

SOMETIMES IT PAYS TO STAY SINGLE

When it comes to tip-up rigging, some say treble, some say single. A few stalwarts will remain neutral and claim neither is really right or wrong. As a whole, they’ll say, it comes down to personal preference–and there is truth to that sentiment. But let’s review some benefits of staying single. First, from a common…