Since some of you have asked, here is a list of Ice Fishing gear to get you started.
Ice Fishing Gear
- Ice Fishing Auger
- 6 inch hand auger is plenty fine for NJ ice.
- Gas powered augers make quick work when punching lots of holes, just make sure it starts!
- Propane augers are even nicer as they almost always start right up.
- Tip Ups, typically spooled with 30lb Dacron and tied to a leader. I use 8lb fluorocarbon or 6lb monofilament for most ice fishing.
- In NJ you can fish 5 tip ups at once.
- Jig with a small ice fishing rod if you want, just beware that you’ll only be able to fish 4 tip ups + 1 rod or any combination thereof as long as it equals 5. “All devices not hand-held must bear the name and address of the user and can’t be left unattended” – more nj rules here
- Ice ladle to scoop ice out of your drilled holes once in a while
- some size 6 or 8 hooks, I prefer circle hooks but bait-holder hooks work fine too, you might gut hook a fish through.
- some 3/8oz to keep your bait down
- speaking of bait, live shiners work well. Hook them through the dorsal fin so they can swim around nice.
- long needle-nose pliers to help get the hook out of Chain Pickerel, they have sharp teeth and will cut you.
Clothing and Comfort
- Waterproof Boots
- It’s not uncommon for there to be an inch or more of slush on top of the ice.
- Do yourself a favor and wear some insulated-waterproof duck boots or pack boots.
- No waterproof boots handy? put on your socks, then slip your feet into a plastic bag before putting your shoes/boots on.
- Dress in layers
- fleece pants & jacket
- wind/waterproof outer shell
- winter hat
- sunglasses if it’s going to be sunny
- Bring a bucket or chair to sit on.
These are the essentials. If you’re going to out all day, bring food and drinks too!