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When I go ice fishing, I like to use a ¼ oz. drop weight. It gets the bait down faster through the ice hole, but it is hard to find a drop weight with an eyelet on both ends.
I’ve found that by using a ¼ oz. egg weight, a paper clip, some needle-nose pliers, and some side cutters that it is quite easy. Install two eyelets in the egg weight by unfolding the paper clip, leaving the small end in a hook. This will be your first eyelet. Feed the loop through the egg weight making sure the end of the loop is inside the weight. Bend the straight end about ¼” from the weight, making the second loop. Cut off excess (about 1 ½”) leaving enough wire to feed back into the hole and make another loop. Tuck the cut end into the hole enclosing the end of the wire.
I have never had one come undone, and it works better than pinching a split shot on the line.
Sometimes when I’m out ice fishing, my fishing line will catch on the edge of the ice, and it will break. When this happens, my hands are usually too cold to re-tie a new knot to attach the hook and lure. To solve this problem, I found that a swimming noodle (or pipe insulation wrap) combined with PVC pipe works well for a jig to hold pre-tied knots.
Cut off about five inches of poly foam. Cut an eight-inch section of PVC pipe and spread glue onto five inches of it. Insert the pipe into the poly foam hole securing it with the glue. Draw lines with a marker around the poly foam (about one-half to one inch apart, depending on the size of your hooks).
Before you leave for ice fishing, pre-tie your knots and wind the line around the grooves, securing your hook into the poly foam. Saves time and prevents your hands from getting cold!
Heat a ¼” drill bit or round file with a multi-purpose lighter. Using the heated tool, form/melt a grove in the poly foam all the way around following each line. (Refer to the photos for more info.)
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Definitions and characteristics:
Ice Fly: A lure made up of feathers, dubbing, and hooks.
Ice Jig: A painted lure made up with lead, steel, and a hook - weighing under 3 oz. and small in size.
Ice Lure: A large lure (over 3 oz.). Heavy for the purpose of plunking or pounding the bottom of the lake to kick up a cloud of water to attract the fish.
I personally like Ice Jigs because they are easy to make and decorate by using powder coating or fish tape. One way to make ice jigs is by using a stainless steel pizza cutter blade. (You may purchase pizza cutters at your local dollar store.) Knock out the center rivet and use a pair of tin snips to cut them out. Use a one-inch belt sander to smooth the edges. Embellish with sparkle tape (fish tape) and a #8 hook.
I’ve had a lot of success in making my own ice jigs (see photos), and they work well while fishing through the ice.
When the ice begins to form, the fish slow down in their feeding habits. So my first instincts are how to improve my fishing skills through the ice.
As a beginner in ice fishing 25 years ago, I was introduced to a slip bobber. I found out really fast how sensitively the fish were biting on my line, and I had to be very attentive in watching the bobber before I could catch a fish. I was not really sold on the idea of a slip bobber because when I broke my line, my hands were too cold to reset it.
My final product is the “Ice Fishing Tip Down-Tip Up” featuring “Original Blue” and “Big Red”. They have been on the market for a couple of years now and reviews show that they are the most durable tip downs available. Order yours at bullnoseproducts.com.
The next year someone gave me some piano wire and beads to make a spring bobber. I liked the idea for sensitivity, but when it got really cold I was always sucking the ice off the eyelet to get my line to drop into the ice hole.
Years went by, and then one day I saw a wooden tip down! The rest is history! I began to invent a nice tip down. It gave me incentive to use my own reflexes when catching a lot of fish. Today I like large eyelet-short poles for hard water fishing. Tip downs are the only way to ice fish for quick action and satisfaction!
Ice fishing season is just around the corner and we want to make sure that you are equipped and ready. Bullnose Products features Original Blue Tip Down-Tip Up and Big Red Tip Down-Tip Up. They are very simple and easy to use and made of sturdy metal with a fold-up design. Bullnose Products Tip Down-Tip Ups are designed to hold some of the most popular reels on the market today. No. 8 Inline Reels, Open Face Reels, and Closed Face Reels are some of the most common that handle really well with both Original Blue and Big Red Tip Down-Tip Ups. Don't wait any longer and order your Tip Down products today.
Ice fishing Tip Down-Tip Up on a beautiful frozen lake located in British Columbia. Thank you Enzo Caccavo for sending in and sharing your picture.