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Offline userid123456

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Solo ice fishing
« on: Feb 28, 2023, 09:10 PM »
Hey all. I have been out ice fishing a few times but I am planning on doing so more solo trips. Mostly posting to say hi but let me know if you have any tips for first time solo.

Offline pmmpete

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Re: Solo ice fishing
« Reply #1 on: Feb 28, 2023, 10:19 PM »
Ice fishing involves hanging around out on the ice all day in all kinds of weather.  So learn how to layer up clothing so you can stay warm and comfortable while ice fishing.  This may involve buying some layers of insulating and shell clothing which are a couple sizes bigger than your usual size so you can wear them on top of a couple other layers.  Warm boots are key.  Because some lakes get deep and persistent slush on top of the ice, I recommend getting the most insulated pair of knee-high rubber boots you can find.  For example, if you look on the Cabelas website, they sell knee high rubber boots with several different levels of insulation.  My recommendation: get the warmest pair available, which has 2000 gram Thinsulate insulation in the toe area, and get them big enough so you can wear a couple layers of thick warm socks underneath them.  I have a pair of those boots, and love them.  Boots with leather in them will eventually leak and freeze your feet in slushy conditions.

If you go fishing with experienced ice anglers, you can use their auger, shelter, and other gear.  But if you're going out by yourself, you'll need to buy some of that gear.  This is a good time of year to buy ice fishing gear, as many retailers put their ice fishing gear and winter clothing on sale. On the other hand, the things you want may be sold out and out of stock.

Offline Guddefam

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Re: Solo ice fishing
« Reply #2 on: Mar 01, 2023, 02:41 PM »
I would also add safety gear as a must before you go all out on the other gear.

Spud bar
Ice cleats
Ice picks
throw rope
These are what bring you home to your family at night.

Float suit if you can afford it, but not necessary, for starting out. Unless, of course you have money to blow.

I agree with pmmpete, spending the money to get a good pair of boots is definitely a must. If your feet are wet, they get cold, and if they’re cold, you will be miserable.

Offline Guddefam

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Re: Solo ice fishing
« Reply #3 on: Mar 01, 2023, 02:43 PM »
I would also highly suggest a dry pair of warm clothes, either in your vehicle, or at least a dry pair of socks in your sled, just in case your feet get wet, or God for bid you go through the ice. Dry clothes might just save your life.

Offline meandcuznalfy

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Re: Solo ice fishing
« Reply #4 on: Mar 01, 2023, 03:52 PM »
Let someone know where your going and when they can expect you back and let them know if you change or deviate from your plans.

Offline Uppervalley Kid

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Re: Solo ice fishing
« Reply #5 on: Mar 03, 2023, 12:52 PM »
Pack light, use a chisel (spud bar) to check ice as you go,  and get a float suit.


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