First and foremost, the JawJacker! This contraption has made a sport I love into a new and exciting event every time I go fishing. Here in Idaho we can use up to 5 rods per person which can quickly turn into a lot when fishing in a group. I always like to have my rod I use for jigging, but with my other 4 rods I always have them in a JawJacker. The JawJacker not only acts as a safe rod holder so I don't lose my rod down the hole (Which has happened a time or two before I owned the JawJackers), but the JawJacker also increases my success rate and literally keeps me active the whole time I'm fishing. If the JawJacker is legal to use in your state I strongly recommend you picking one up for one of your extra ice fishing rods! You wont be disappointed I can guarantee it! Here is a video of one reason I use the JawJacker:
Three years ago I really started to get back into ice fishing. Out of everyone who came fishing with me, my favorite person to take out on the ice has been and always will be my wife. As much as she loves me, she didn't necessarily share my same passion for ice fishing seems how she isn't a huge fan of the cold weather. Luckily for me, she gave me the ultimatum and said that if I wanted her to come fishing with me, I would have to buy an ice fishing shelter to keep her warm. I picked up the Eskimo Quick Fish 6 which I have been completely satisfied with. This fishing shelter is a quick set up and take down as well as provides plenty of room for me and a few friends to fish in comfortably. The only time I've had a problem with it was when I took on of my friends ice fishing and he decided to pick up my ice auger inside my shelter... Long story short, he accidentally brushed the auger blade against the side wall of the shelter and left a 6 inch slit in the shelter wall. We got the slit fixed up and it has been great ever since.
|My Eskimo Quick Fish 6 and JawJacker|
The last thing I will mention in this post that I feel is such a game changer for me is having a custom ice fishing rod! I have bought all sorts of different rods and tried lots of different companies. I have found a small hand full that I really feel do the job well while I have also found a huge amount which I feel are a complete waste of money. I am currently in the process of having another custom ice fishing rod made from Cal Piccolo which I will be sure to write about later this year! The thing I like about having a custom rod is a little bit of the superstition factor, as well as the concept of being comfortable with your gear. The more you are comfortable with your gear, the better you and that gear will perform the way its supposed to. Plus if anyone has seen the movie Grumpy Old Men, you will understand that ice fishermen have their lucky ice fishing rods... and my custom rod is just that!
This brief list of ice fishing gear makes my ice fishing trips a lot more than just sitting over a hole in the ice waiting for a fish to bite... I wish that I could say since I've had this year I've never had a bad day of ice fishing, but I can honestly say that since I've had this gear it has made the bad days of ice fishing into better ones!
|A bunch of Brook Trout I caught this year|