Winter fishing is undoubtedly an interesting and captivating activity that attracts people not only with a good time and enjoyable pastime but also with the catch itself. However, winter fishing significantly differs from summer fishing due to freezing temperatures, snowfalls, and other weather fluctuations. That’s why it is full of various unpleasant surprises and dangers. To make fishing safe and more comfortable, it is essential to follow some rules.
Clothing for winter fishing should be warm, comfortable, and practical. Since anglers have to spend a long time in the cold, warm clothing will protect them from hypothermia. Valenki (felt boots), a fur hat, padded pants, and a thick jacket are the best choices. It’s advisable for the pants to cover the lower back and part of the spine. If possible, consider purchasing specialized clothing from fishing stores. It is made from practical materials and meets all the requirements.
Prepare Your Gear
Winter fishing gear differs from summer gear and can be easily stored in a special box (fishing tackle box). It may include:
- Fishing rods
- Assortment of ice fishing jigs
- Ice auger
- Ice fishing tent
- Bait and bait holder
It’s also necessary to bring a rope with you; it can be useful in case of emergencies to help you get back to the surface.
If the ice has a dark color, it means it’s strong, and you can move on it without worries. White ice is loose and less stable, so you should tread carefully. If the ice is darker than the surrounding areas, it might indicate the presence of underwater springs, which increases the danger.
If, for some reason, a fisherman falls through the ice, here’s what to do:
- Try not to panic and call for help loudly
- Free your hands (if you were holding any objects)
- Breathe slowly and deeply, with leg movements similar to riding a bicycle
- Break the edge of the ice with your hands in the direction of the shore
- Once you reach thicker ice, try to climb onto it by extending your arms and pushing with your legs
- Lie down and roll toward the shore on the ice
- If possible, change into dry clothes on the shore and head to the nearest shelter.
By following all of the above advice and thoroughly preparing for fishing, paying attention to every detail, you can have a great time and return home with a wonderful catch.