A spinning rod and reel is the popular choice of equipment used for ice-fishing. (Nebraskaland Magazine/NGPC)
Specialized Rods, Reels Not Necessary for Ice-Fishing Beginners
Venture to a tackle shop where ice-fishing gear is on display and you will see aisles filled with icefishing rods and reels. The first thing you will notice about that equipment is the length. The rods are short. They are short to allow anglers to fish closer to their hole.
However, if you are just getting started ice-fishing, do not think you have to purchase specialized ice-fishing rods and reels. You can use some of the rods and reels you already own. You will just stand a little farther from the hole.
Generally, you will want to use lighter lines and corresponding rods and reels to catch fish through the ice. Waters tend to be clearer under the ice, and fish tend to feed less in the colder water. Therefore, lighter lines, and the tackle needed to handle those lighter lines and smaller baits, are most appropriate for ice-fishing.
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