Focus on Fishing

LET THE ICE ADVENTURES BEGIN…SIMPLY!

With all of today’s talk about high tech ice fishing–wheel houses, GPS, electronic charting, high-powered sonar, under water cameras, high speed power augers, advanced ice rods, reels, tip-ups and accessories of every imaginable kind—it seems beginning approaches are often all but forgotten. This thought struck me recently while fumbling through a box of dated ice…

QUICK HIT GUIDE TO FIRST ICE SAFETY

Whether you’re completely new to the sport and inexperienced with the risks associated with walking on water, a veteran ice angler with many years of experience but setting out on fresh ice to begin a new season–or fit into either of these categories and are simply heading out onto unfamiliar ice coated waters, here are…

Arctic Char: Just Amazing

In this week’s episode of TGO, Tom Gruenwald Outdoors, you’ll find me in search of Arctic Char in Alaska. Although this unique species may be somewhat limited in distribution, it more than makes up for this limitation with bold displays of immense beauty and power. Let’s start with beauty: The Arctic Char’s coloration varies greatly…

ICE FISHING SASKATCHEWAN: A LAND OF OPPORTUNITY!

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of ice fishing waters throughout the North American ice fishing belt—and well beyond. I’ve fished with some of the top ice anglers in the world, seeking numerous species, in all sorts of situations and conditions–often using classic, time-proven tactics, sometimes implementing rather unconventional, nonconformist or even outright outlandish…

OPTIMIZING YOUR POWER AUGER FOR PERFORMANCE AND LONGEVITY

Today’s power augers are well engineered, so by simply following a few common sense guidelines and the manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule, your auger should provide many years of reliable service. Here are a few tips for maintaining your machine and keeping it operating at peak performance. • To prevent rusting, lightly grease the powerhead shaft…

I WISH I WOULD’VE THOUGHT OF THIS!

I recently met up with Wade, the owner of Dakota Tackle in Bismarck, North Dakota at a trade show in Minnesota. While showing him some new ice fishing product designs for 2015, Wade proceeded to provide me with a great tip of his own. Many of you are no doubt familiar with HT’s Pail Wire…

HIGH COUNTRY CUTTHROAT

With all the excitement about our Kalispell, Montana fly-in adventure, we didn’t spend as much time as we normally would discussing fishing strategies—so I thought I’d share a little of that here! But first–in case you’re not familiar with them–a few words about cutthroat trout. The fish on our trip averaged about a foot long,…

FISHING BIG BAITS WITH TIP-UPS: THE ESSENTIALS

I’m often asked what tip-up I like to use when fishing larger baits, and how I set them to prevent false trips. Here are a few thoughts. 1. TRY HT’S POLAR POP-UP MAGNUM MAGNETIC TIP-UP When using large baits, I often turn to this model. For those not familiar with the Polar Pop-Up, trip tension…