Outdoor activities in the dead of winter can be hard to come by. However, one of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday winter afternoon is to go out Ice Fishing. One of the main reasons I enjoy ice fishing so much is that it is just so dang simple. I use just a couple of simple tools and always have a blast. I’ve put together a simple Bushcraft Ice Fishing Set and I thought I would share that with you today.
I like for the ice to be at least 5 inches thick before I venture out onto any pond too far. Once I know the ice is safe, I make my hole in the ice using 1 of 2 methods. Either I use my Mora Ice Auger to drill out a perfect 6 inch hole or I will go old school and just hack out a hole using my Wetterlings Camp Axe. Either way takes only a few minutes… Then comes my first Bushcraft Ice Fishing Tool….
This home made gourd scoop helps to get all of the ice chunks out of the hole so that I have a nice clean hole to fish through. It’s a simple tool, but necessary. I’ve also used this gourd as a bowl and cup in the off season. Wonderful multi-use product and it is a fun project as well.
This deer antler reel is really the meat and potatoes of the ice fishing operation. I have 1 hole drilled in the end of a piece of deer antler. I have both the leather wrist strap and the ice line tied through this hole. For storage and travel, I just simply wrap the ice line around the antler and secure the fish hook to the leather wrap. Reeling in a fish is as easy as wrapping the ice line around the antler. It’s not rocket science but it works like a charm. I love the simplicity of it.
To finish out my Ice Fishing Set, I always bring a great knife. In this case, the Marttiini Lynx Lumberjack. This is one of my all-time favorite Bushcraft Knives. Marttiini knives are made in Finland and are rich in history. This particular knife comes in an awesome quality leather sheath which I have added a leather lanyard for neck carry. I will be posting a video soon in which I use this knife to clean the Blue Gill that I caught in the video below. I have several of these in stock here at WHO. I need to get them on-line (note to self – put the Marttiini knives on-line).
If I don’t feel like hunting for live bait on site, I will bring in a bait jar of wax worms and these always work great. I mostly catch Blue Gill (which I love) and will occasionally catch a monster Crappie. In the video below you will see that I caught 3 Blue Gill with this Bushcraft Ice Fishing Set.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments – hope you were able to take something away from this post…
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