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Power Ice Augers – Effective, Heavy, Expensive

Power Ice Augers – Effective, Heavy, Expensive

If you are ice fishing, you need  a hole in the ice.  Most people use power ice augers.  What are the advantages to a power auger?  Are there any disadvantages?

Power Ice Augers – Effective?

Of course, power augers are effective.  They cut through the ice in seconds.  But there are things to keep in mind.

  • They are heavy. A snow machine, hand sled or several trips with equipment is needed.

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  • They are noisy.  But, only while running.
  • They are finicky.  Test start your auger before you leave home.
  • They can pollute.  Make sure the gas cap is tight.  Use the right oil mixture.
  • They are dangerous.  Wrists can snap.  Clothing can get caught. Feet can get augered.
  • They are expensive.

The speed and ease of a power ice auger more than makes up for these issues.

There are a number of models of power augers ranging in price from $250  to over $1200.

Price is determined by cubic inch of the engine.  This determines the ease of drilling.  The size of the auger is also a factor in price.  Blades run from 6″ in diameter to 10″.  The larger the blade the bigger the hole.  Larger blades are more difficult to control.  An extension can be purchased for power ice augers.

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Ice Fishing Tip Ups – Ice Fishing Rods

Ice Fishing Tip Ups – Ice Fishing Rods

If you haven’t tried ice fishing, you don’t know what you are missing.  You can sit in a shack.  You can run between fishing holes.  Watching ice fishing tip ups or jigging with a rod, its just fun.

Inside or Outside

In a Shack

Ice fishing tip ups and rods are used in a fishing shack.  If a tip up is used, its generally set as a second line while a rod is used a few few feet away.

Rods makes more sense in a shack.  You don’t have to go very far to tend a line.

Know you ice fishing regulations.  Ontario, Canada allows two ice fishing lines per person. But, they must be 60 feet apart. This makes multiple lines in a fishing shack impossible.

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Best Beginner Child’s Rod – Styles Available

Best Beginner Child’s Rod – Styles Available

 Kids can fish as soon as they can hold a rod.  Size is most important when choosing the best beginner rod for a child.

Best Beginner Rod Size

Holding the rod is the first step to fishing.  Watching me, my kids wanted to hold a rod although they didn’t really know why.   They were holding a rod long before they could cast.  I would cast and give them the rod.

A rod between 2 and 3 feet long seems the best size.  Its the right length to  handle easily.  Its long enough to play a fish.

child-fishing with beginner rod

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Lure Assortments- Fishing Fun

Lure Assortments- Fishing Fun

Fishermen love fishing tackle for a Christmas.  Single lures are great, but lure assortments are exciting.

Lure Assortment Value

The larger lure assortment the lower quality the lures.

Quality affects:

  • Action – the way the lure moves in the water.
  • Delivery – ease of casting
  • Durability – how long the lure lasts with normal use
  • Strike Success – how easily fish can take the lure

lure assortment

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Telescoping Rod – Under Appreciated – Under Used

Telescoping Rod – Under Appreciated – Under Used

 

Some fishing purists laugh at the idea of a telescoping rod.  I think they are practical, easy to carry and durable.  You can choose the rod flex as with any rod.

Telescoping Rod – Have One?

For the Beginner

My daughter gave me a telescoping rod many years ago.  They’re for beginners.  Right?  That’s not me.  Do you have one?

Carry-on luggage changed my mind.  I just won’t pay $25 for an airline to ship my rod.   The reel fits in the carry-on and, now, so does my rod at no charge.

Telescoping rods are for the beginner and for the practical.

           Rods for all Occasions

Retailer selling fishing equipment carry telescoping rods for all types of fishing.  Of course, extended length will dictate collapsed length.

         

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Child’s First Fishing Rod Makes Memories

Child’s First Fishing Rod Makes Memories

A child’s first fishing rod can build memories that will last a life time.

Fishing Gear Rod and Reel Combo

Your child’s first fishing rod could be a

Telescoping Rod                                                                                                                                                                                                     Closed Face Spinning Reel                                                                                                                  This could be a child's first fishing rod.                                                             with Stringer, Bobbers, Hooks                                                                  

Price: $24.95 


Your Child’s First Fishing Rod and Reel Combo

     Since I suggested that a family fishing trip is important, I thought I would offer some information on an important part of making that trip happen.  A child’s first fishing rod should fit the child and be easy to use.  A rod and reel combination is a great way to teach a child to fish.

Easy to Use, Easy to Carry

     This particular combo has a closed faced spinning reel which makes for easy, tangle free casting.  More importantly, there is a button to release the cast rather than the complex function of opening a bale, holding the line and then releasing at the right time.  The closed bale system can be used by toddlers even while they can’t master the motion of casting.

     The telescoping rod is great for transporting particularly as a child swings through the world bumping into everything in sight.

Extra Gear Gives Good Value

     The Fishing Gear model comes with monofiliment line and a bit of tackle.  The spoon will help with learning to cast, but the jigs are more appropriate for the type of fishing a child will be doing.  There is also a small assortment of hooks for bait.  This combination is a bit more expensive than some child’s combos because the reel separates from the rod and the telescoping rod can play a real fish.  This combo is a good value that can be enjoyed for many years.

South Bend Worm Gear Tackle Box

Plastic, Single Drawer Tackle Box                                                                                                                                                                         with assorted bobbers, stringer, hook extractor                                                                                                                                                     and assorted hooks.                                                                                                                            A tackle box to go with a child's first fishing rod.

Price:  $8.96


A Tackle Box is Important

A tackle box is another piece of equipment to haul around, but this one drawer box is durable and light weight.

It would hold the assorted tackle that comes with the rod and reel combination plus the items sold with the tackle box.

This plastic tackle box will float long enough to be fished out of the drink.  The box has a large clasp latch that will be easy for most children to manipulate.

Safety First

These hooks should be used only by an older fishing partner until little hands can safely work with line and hook.  The tackle box with assorted tackle is a great value.

The combo and tackle box can be purchased together at a slight discount.  The rod and reel would make a great surprise to begin a family fishing trip.  Someone will carry the tackle box.  It will  add to the surprise and make the trip more exciting.

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 Share you thoughts in the comment section below.  What kind of fishing rod did you have as a kid?  Do your children have fishing rods?