Tom Gruenwald’s Tackle Tip’s

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…

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…

“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…

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…

ICE TIP FROM TOM: STAY HYDRATED!

Remaining warm on the ice involves various components–and some often overlooked principles. One of these is proper hydration. Cold, dry environs continually work against the body. In its worst form, dehydration may have dire health consequences. On another level–one many anglers might not even be aware of–not staying adequately hydrated also makes it difficult to…

DID YOU KNOW…

Ice is often said to be suitable for foot travel when it becomes approximately 4” thick. Of course, caution must still be taken because ice seldom, if ever, develops uniformly. There are simply too many influencing variables–including the elevation, shape, type and depth of the waterway, the presence, direction and strength of wind or currents,…

TIP-UP TIP FROM TOM: SECURING HOOKS

Securing rigs and hooks on tip-ups, especially classic “underwater” styles like HT’s Polar, can be challenging. While no method is perfect, I’ve found stretching a heavy duty rubber band around the frame opposite the spool does the trick. Provided the overall length of your leader material is shorter than the length of the frame, simply…